05/06/2012 7:14 PM
MAKING THE CUT:
Three Players from Open Tryout Added to Rockland Boulders’ Camp Roster
(Ramapo, N.Y.) – More than 70 participants registered for a rare opportunity to try and earn a spot on a professional baseball squad on Saturday, May 5, and three were rewarded for their efforts by being signed to the Rockland Boulders’ training camp roster. Landis Wilson, Jon Smith, and Nick Blanco were signed to the Boulders spring training roster after the try-out The team now has the reached the league limit of 27 training camp players, with 22 being the final total by Opening Day.
Wilson, a native of Grimesland, North Carolina, is a catcher/first baseman who capped his career at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock in 2010 with an impressive .335 average, and he played professionally for River City of the Frontier League last season.
Outfielder Jon Smith, from Niagara Falls, NY, drove in 64 runs in 62 games while pounding his way to a .409 batting average for a very successful program at Tennessee Wesleyan in 2010
Bronx, NY resident Nicolas Blanco pitched collegiately at Fairleigh Dickinson University as well as SUNY-Cortland, before being drafted into the Kansas City Royals’ organization. He had a stint in the Can-Am League with New Hampshire in the 2009 season before spending time with the Royals’ affiliate in the Arizona League the past two seasons.
Rockland Boulders training camp runs through Sunday, May 16 and they open their second professional season north of the border when they take on the defending Can-Am champ Quebec Capitales on May 17. They return for their Home Opener at Provident Bank Park on Tuesday, May 22, when they meet the Newark Bears.