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Albert Lea Lakers sign RHP Christian Peery from Lamar Community College. Peery is a 5’11 175 lb. side-arm RHP from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The sophomore pitched in 25 games last season for the Lopes with a 5.10 ERA. Peery recorded 8 saves last season, which was good for top 15 in the entire nation. He had 20 strikeouts in 24 innings last season with opposing hitters hitting .245 off of Peery. Being the Lopes closer last season, Peery is used to pressure.“Christian will be a back-end of the bullpen guy for us. He’s going to pitch in pressure situations late in the game as a set-up man or closer for us. It’s nice to have someone who’s already used to being in the late game situations. He’s a nice weapon to have being a side-armer. Side-Arm pitchers are extremely difficult on right handed hitters. He did pretty well as a freshman closer, so I expect this year his numbers will only be better. You can tell by talking to him he loves the game and wants to play at the highest level he can. I am excited to see him dial up some funky stuff for us and be effective out of the bullpen.”
Cade Seabold is a freshman at Orange Coast College. Seabold is an OF/1B. The 6’3 225 lb. freshman had quite the impressive high school career at Newport Harbor High School. Seabold hit .565 his JR season in the Sunset League, with 2 HRs and 12 doubles, earning him 1st team honors. His SR season he made 1st team honors again, while making the North Vs South All-Star game and showcase. He was a participant in the Sunset Home Run Derby. He was second-team All-Orange County as well. He batted .333 with 7 HRs, with a .489 On-Base Percentage.
Orange Coast College Baseball is considered one of the best Junior College Baseball Programs in the nation, going 36-12 last season, and was rated #1 at one point in the season in the CCCAA. They won back to back State Championships in 2014 and 2015, while being recognized as the #1 Junior College team in the country in 2014. Cade’s brother Connor Seabold played at Cal State Fullerton and was drafted in the 3rd round of the MLB draft last year by the Philadelphia Phillies.
“Cade is a great sign for us, especially offensively. He’s going to get a lot of playing time because of what he can do with the bat. He hits for average really well and can hit for power, which is a combo you don’t see very often anymore. He hit extremely well in a tough pitchers conference in high school, and had a great fall for the Pirates at 1B. He will play a lot of OF for me, but will also get some time in the IF. He’s definitely a D1 talent, and will be at a division 1 school in no time. You can tell from his swing that he uses leverages and angles very well. I’m very excited to see what he can do for us in the middle of our line-up. He’s got pro talent in his family already; I really wouldn’t be surprised if he played professionally one day.”
Cole Petersen of Southwest Minnesota State University signs with the Albert Lea Lakers! Cole is a LHP for SMSU, about to begin his JR (RS) season. He was a Northern Sun All-Conference pitcher last season. He was 3rd in the entire conference in ERA, with a 1.70 ERA in 10 appearances and 8 games started. He was 6-2 on the mound with 29 K’s in 53 innings, only walking 19 batters all season. He was in the rotation as a freshman as well. Cole pitched for the Glencoe Brewers the past season with ERAs of 2.00 and 3.65. He was 5-3 in those two seasons.
“Cole is a big signing for us because he will bring in a successful background against a good hitting conference. He gets the job done plain and simple, the stats don’t lie. He gets hitters out, and he wins. He might not light the radar gun up like some of the other guys we have signed, but he’s a competitor and a winner. He will be a great guy to have in our rotation. I saw him throw in Arizona and he mixes up extremely well, and causes weak contact. He gave up just 6 extra base hits all of last season; that says a lot about how good of a pitcher he truly is. You’re gonna have to beat him the hard way. I am glad he’s on our side, and we don’t have to face him.” – Coach Keeran
Albert Lea signs Alec Martinez from Our Lady of the Lake University. Martinez will be a RHP and MIF for the Lakers this upcoming summer. He was an All-District selection his SR season out of Moody High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. The 6’0 190 lb Dual-Player is expected to be in the Saints line-up this spring at SS, as well as get time on the mound. He was highly recruited out of high school getting honorable mention Texas honors through the Perfect Game scouting service. He had over a .300 average in his 3 year varsity career in the highly competitive high school baseball in the state of Texas. He was 6-1 with a 2.10 ERA for Moody, as well as sporting a .986 fielding percentage. He was also a member of the national honor society.“Alec is a special dual talent, he will be able to have a lot of success on the mound with a hard-heavy fastball and a great slider. He’s got great size for a middle infielder and is a strong kid who will continue to improve at the plate. Sky is the limit for Alec in the game of baseball. He’s going to be a ton of fun to watch and coach, I suggest Albert Lea fans to take notice of what he can do. He’s a coaches dream with his versatility to be able to throw on the mound or play the field any given night. We will maximize his abilities and showcase what he can do this summer.” – Coach Keeran
Davis is a RHP from Birmingham, Alabama. He played high school baseball at Vestavia Hills High School. Davis missed last season and redshirted for Lee due to an elbow injury that required Tommy John Surgery. Out of high school Davis was rated the 21st player at his position, and the 67th top prospect out of the state of Alabama. He was an ALBCA All-Star his senior year of high school. He had 1.50 ERA his senior year of high school.“Coach Serrato from Lee was a big help in signing Davis. I think although Davis is coming off of a tough injury he has a bright future ahead of him. Every setback is the opportunity for a major comeback. Talking to Davis I can tell he is hungry and wants to be on the mound. He will be fully cleared in January, so he will be in the bullpen for Lee. However Davis has all the tools to be a big time impact pitcher for us and Lee in the future. He has a good fastball with a nice slider to go with it. Davis is a bit of a wildcard for us because of not pitching for a while, but personally I kind of like that and am excited to see what he can bring to the table. The guy has a good work ethic and attitude, he’s a quality young man. He will be a ton of fun to work with.” – Coach Keeran