Monday, August 13, 2007

Former Miner Gets Signed by Detroit Tigers

SAN ANGELO, Texas – For the second time in less than a week, a San Angelo Colt player is on his way to a Major League organization. Only five days after the Yankees signed Stephen Artz, the Colts and United League Baseball announced today that the contract of San Angelo shortstop Eric Harryman has been purchased by the Detroit Tigers.

Harryman, 22 years old, has been assigned to play for the Gulf Coast League Tigers, the Rookie-level affiliate of the big-league club, and is expected to be in uniform with his new team Thursday night. Harryman and Artz join John Anderson and Drew Coffey as the four Colts who have gone onto play affiliated baseball this season.

“Eric is an outstanding young man who has tremendous hands, great instincts as an infielder, and was great to watch here,” said Colts manager Doc Edwards.

Harryman, a defensive specialist, posted a .957 fielding percentage in 39 games as the Colts’ shortstop. He committed only seven errors in 163 total chances and recorded 97 assists with 59 putouts. In addition, the Corona, California native participated in 26 double plays during his time in San Angelo.

After playing at California Baptist University, Harryman began his professional career in 2005 with Yuma of the Golden League. In 70 games there, he hit .256 with nine doubles, three triples, three home runs, 25 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Splitting time between second base and shortstop, Harryman amazingly only committed four errors in 199 total chances that season.

He began the 2007 season with the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League before joining the Colts on June 15. He hit .198 with San Angelo but was surging with a .243 average in July. In addition, Harryman posted seven doubles, one triple, and one homer with nine RBIs and two steals in two attempts.

“If his bat grows the way we expect it to, he will certainly make it to the big leagues because defensively, he’s a Major League shortstop,” said Edwards.

The Colts continue this seven-game homestand with game two of this four-game series against Alexandria at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31; it will be a “Two-for-Tuesday” at Foster Field, as fans can enjoy two hot dogs for the price of one all night.

Advertising, ticket, and group information are available by calling the box office at (325) 942-6587. All Colts games are broadcast live on “Cool 100” – KCLL 100.1 FM and online at the Colts’ official website, www.sanangelocolts.com, which is updated daily with the latest team news.

The San Angelo Colts are a part of a six-team league that make up United League Baseball. The independent league has teams located in San Angelo, Laredo, Amarillo, Edinburg, and Rio Grande Valley, Texas as well as Alexandria, Louisiana, and began play in the 2006 season.

Taken from http://www.sanangelocolts.com/news/?id=6158

San Angelo Colt's Website.

1 comment:

Dan said...

Josh Writing From the Bleachers helped with this story.