Infielder Ty Blankmeyer, and left-handed pitcher, Alex Katz, are the newest members on Green Bay
Green Bay, Wis.- Two of St. John’s University’s most reliable players, junior second baseman Ty Blankmeyer, and junior left-handed pitcher, Alex Katz, will be playing their first season for the Bullfrogs. Combined, they have experience in the Cape Cod, Hamptons, and Northwoods Leagues.
Blankmeyer is the Red Storm’s primary second baseman and also plays shortstop. A native of Morristown, N.J. and graduate of Seton Hall Prep, Blankmeyer plays under the tutelage his father, St. John’s 20-year Head Coach Ed Blankmeyer. Ty is an adept base-stealer and so far this spring, has not committed an error defensively. He has started all but one game in the St. John’s lineup. He’s familiar with the Northwoods League, having played 2014 for the Thunder Bay Border Cats. He hit .260 in 66 games and was second on the club with 14 stolen bases.
“It was the best playing experience I’ve ever had,” said Blankmeyer of his time in Thunder Bay. “You play so much baseball and the venues, the people, the places you go are awesome.”
One of St. John’s most dominant left-handed arms, Alex Katz, is from New Hyde Park, N.Y. on Long Island and attended Herricks High School. Katz has provided the Red Storm with dominant work so far this season. In four appearances, Katz has a 1.69 ERA paired with a.169 OBP. He throws a fastball, changeup and slider, the latter being his strongest pitch, running inside on the hands of left-handed batters. He will be playing in the Northwoods League for the first time.
“It all worked out well. I have known Ty since my middle school days when we played in summer camps together. And we also played together in the Hamptons League two years ago,” said Katz. “[The Northwoods League] prepares you for pro-ball which ultimately is my goal after college.”
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 for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (BOS) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit GreenBayBullfrogs.com.