Judah and Babin Selected as Week Five Awards Winners

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Outfielder Sam Judah and Cullen Babin, both of the Normal CornBelters have been selected as the Frontier League Player of the Week and Pitcher of the week respectively, as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation. This marks the first time that both weekly awards winners have come from the same team.

Judah, hit .500 (12-24) over the past week with 4 doubles and a .667 slugging percentage.

Babin, in his second professional season, made the start on Saturday against the Frontier Greys and was dominant. After allowing a second inning base hit, he did not allow another hit for the entire game, hitting one batter. He did not allow an earned run and lowered his ERA on the season to 1.40. Babin played his college ball at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

“We love when our discoveries prove that coming to our showcase was the “kick start” to their successful careers”, said Indy Pro Showcase co founder, Nick Belmonte.

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Indy Pro Showcase Announces St. Petersburg 2014 Showcase

Indy Pro Showcase announces its next showcase for 2014. It will be on June 24-25 in St. Petersburg at the Walter Fuller Baseball Complex, the Tampa Rays former minor league complex. It is located at 7901 30th Ave N. St. Petersburg, Fl 33710. After the draft comes and goes, this is where players dreams start every year as we have our third Indy Pro Showcase each year a few weeks after the draft and this showcase is usually a very successful one with the many players that had just got overlooked. The Indy Pro Showcase is in its 8th season and has gotten over 900 players professional contracts during that span. “We can’t wait to see the start getting more players jobs as this is our passion. “The Houston Showcase was such a success with 73% of the players getting a chance to make an Indy team. The players were assigned to 5 different Indy Leagues and that will starting play in May. “ The reason you come to our June showcase is because 6 weeks into the Independent League season is when Indy teams make major changes to their lineups”, said Nick Belmonte, IPS co-founder. “The new blood of college seniors and newly MLB released players are coveted by the Indy clubs that time of year” Belmonte added. The Indy Pro Showcase will have one more showcase in the 2014 season. Please check back often for the next announcements of future Indy Pro Showcases.

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Success as Big as Texas

The Indy Pro Showcase which took place in Houston, April 15-16 2014, was record breaking in terms of the percentage of players that got jobs. 37 player out of the 51, a staggering 73% of the players that attended, got jobs spanning five different Independent Leagues “Houston has always been fertile ground for us but this year was exceptional”, said Indy Pro Showcase founder Nick Belmonte. Out of the players chosen there were 17 position players and 20 pitchers taken from both college and MLB released players. “I can’t wait to see how many players we can get an opportunity for in our next showcase which takes place June 24-25, in St. Petersburg at the Walter Fuller Complex” Belmonte added.

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Baseball USA
2626 West Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, TX 77043

Houston 2014 Showcase

Indy Pro Showcase announces its Houston showcase for 2014. It will be on April 15-16 at Baseball USA. This is where players dreams start every year as we have our second Indy Pro Showcase each year in Houston for the past 6 seasons at this great facility which is located in western Houston at 2626 West Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, Texas 77043. The Indy Pro Showcase is in its 8th season and has gotten over 900 players professional contracts during that span. “We can’t wait to see the start getting more players jobs as this is our passion. “The Houston Showcase is always a very successful event with guys like Cody Satterwhite and Nate Striz who attended the last two Houston showcases getting jobs and are now currently playing for the Rockies and Mets organizations.”, said Nick Belmonte, IPS co-founder. The Indy Pro Showcase will have showcases throughout the 2014 season. Please check back often for the next announcements of future Indy Pro Showcases.

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Player Development Complex
4301 Edison Ave. Fort Myers, Florida 33916

First 2014 Showcase

Indy Pro Showcase announces its first showcase for 2014. It will be on February 25-26 (sign in between 8-9 a.m.) at the Player Development Complex at 4301 Edison Avenue in Fort Myers. This is where players dreams start every year as we have had our first Indy Pro Showcase in Fort Myers for the past 6 seasons. This great facility was the minor league complex of the Boston Red Sox and resulted in over 40 players getting contracts the last time we were at the complex. The Indy Pro Showcase is in its 8th season and has gotten over 900 players professional contracts during that span. “We can’t wait to start getting more players jobs as this is our passion. The Fort Myers showcase is always a very successful event.”, said Nick Belmonte, IPS co-founder. The Indy Pro Showcase will have 5 showcases throughout the 2014 season. Please check back often for the next announcements of future Indy Pro Showcases.

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Indy Pro Showcase players make Baseball America Top Prospect List for the 6th year in a row

Baseball America has chosen rhp Michael Schweiss, inf Jon Dzombia, and rhp Marshall Schuler to their 2013 Indy Prospect List. This marks the 6th year in a row that players discovered by Indy Pro Showcase has had players chosen for this prestigious award. “We congratulate Michael, Jon, and Marshall for their outstanding year and can’t wait to see who we can add to the list next year”, said IPS co founder Nick Belmonte.

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ALL STAR PLAYERS

The Indy Pro Showcase is proud to announce their All Star players of 2013 that have gotten jobs in pro baseball through the Indy Pro Showcase:

 RHP Brandon Sinnery (Diamondbacks org) Midwest League All Star
 RHP Tim Brown Gateway Grizzlies 13-3 2.97 era
 RHP Nate Striz Salem(Red Sox org) 1-4 3.14 era 8 svs
 RHP Cody Satterwhite*Sioux City Explorers 2-1 0.65 era *signed by NY Mets in June
 RHP Michael Schweiss Normal Cornbelters starter 5-4 3.78 era
 RHP Alex Schmarzo Edinburg Roadrunners 3-3 2.42 era
 LHP Dan Meyer Rockford Aviators 2-1 3.55 era
 LHP Conor Spink Lincoln Saltdogs 1-1 3.34 era
 RHP Dan Hassna Normal Cornbelters 1-0 2.29 era
 RHP Robert Ramer Evansville 3-1 3.93 era
 RHP Cullen Babin Edinburg Roadrunners 5-1 2.54 era
 C  Tyler Shover Normal Cornbelters .283 1 hr 24 rbi
 C  Jim Valhalik  Washington Wild Things .260 3 hr 12 rbi
 1B Mike Schwartz Normal Cornbelters .264 12 42 rbis
 2B Josh Band Ft. Worth Cats .307 0hr 6 rbi
 SS Tony Nunziato Washington Wild Things .269 6 hr 37 rbi
 3B Tyler Cannon Southern Illinois Miners .278 3 hr 43 rbi
 Ult Travis Weaver Newark Bears .253 1 hr 13 rbi
 OF Jon Dziomba San Angelo Colts .354*  2hr 39 rbi *won batting title
 OF Sam Judah Sioux City Explorers .284 5hr 38 rbi
 OF Carlton Salters Edinburg Roadrunners .277 7 hr 32 rbi

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MIDWEST LEAGUE ALL STAR

2012 INDY PRO SHOWCASE’S PARTICIPANT BRANDON SINNERYSELECTED AS MIDWEST LEAGUE ALL STAR THEN GETS PROMOTED TO VISALIA

“We are proud of what Brandon has done this year. All he needed was the chance he was provided by Dave Marcon and I”, Nick Belmonte

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INDY PRO SHOWCASE ALUMNUS

TIM BROWN FIRES THIRD NO-HITTER IN GRIZZLIES HISTORY

 

July 21, 2013

Gateway Grizzlies right-hander Tim Brown pitched the third no-hitter in Grizzlies team history Saturday night in a 9-0 win against the Lake Erie Crushers at GCS Ballpark. Brown’s performance marked the 17th no-hitter in Frontier League history.

“Indy Pro Showcase gave me the opportunity to continue to pursue my baseball career, an opportunity that I would not have gotten of I had not gone to the showcase or get voted to Baseball America’s Top Ten Indy Prospects” – Tim Brown, Baseball America Top Ten Indy Prospect