Bullfrogs Sign Two Returning Players to 2015 Roster
De la Rosa and Guardascione are heading back to Green Bay
Green Bay, Wis. – The Green Bay Bullfrogs are excited to announce the signing of Matthew de la Rosa and Franco Guardascione to the 2015 roster. De la Rosa and Guardascione were key contributors for the Bullfrogs in 2014, and are expected to play key roles for the team once again.
De la Rosa returns to the Bullfrogs from Lenoir Rhyne University. He brings a strong presence to the middle infield. De la Rosa played in 60 games last summer and made important offensive contributions. De la Rosa collected 38 hits with 2 home runs and 18 RBI last season. De la Rosa consistently got on base in clutch situations in 2014, including a walk-off single to deep right field to defeat the Kalamazoo Growlers late June.
“I am excited to have de la Rosa back for the 2015 season,” said Bullfrogs Field Manager Darrell Handelsman. “He was a very important part of our defense and our team last year, we are expecting big things from him this season.”
Guardascione returns to the Bullfrogs from Palm Beach State College. The catcher was one of six Bullfrogs to be selected by MLB scouts to play in the Big League Dreams Showcase game in 2014. In the game, Guardascione went 1 for 2, hitting a 2 run home run. Guardascione was a top prospect behind the plate in 2014 but also provided some solid production offensively. Appearing in 31 games, Guardascione provided 18 hits and 8 RBI for the team. Like de la Rosa, Guardascione was strong in clutch situations. Most notably, Guardascione led the Bullfrogs to a win over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters last August with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the 11th inning.
“I look forward to being able to coach such a great player again in 2015,” said Handelsman of Guardascione. “He is a great catcher, solid offensively, and a great kid to bring back to the Green Bay community.”
The Bullfrogs will open up the 2015 season at home on May 26th against the La Crosse Loggers. Group tickets, season tickets and 7-game packages are on sale now. The Bullfrogs off-season hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. For more information please visit www.greenbaybullfrogs.com.
The Green Bay Bullfrogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground forcoaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (BOS) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit GreenBayBullfrogs.com.