Kingfish Ink Three More from 2017 College World Series Champs
Kenosha Now Has Four Gators on the 2018 Roster
Kenosha, Wis. – The Kenosha Kingfish are pleased to announce the signing of three more players from the University of Florida, the reigning College World Series Champion. Pitcher Colton Gordon, catcher Jonah Girand and infielder/outfielder Shane Shifflet join teammate Nick Long for the upcoming Kingfish season.
“Florida is one of the best programs in college baseball. They have been on a run where they are in the College World Series almost every season this decade,” said Kingfish Manager Duffy Dyer. “We’ve had a number of Gator players with the Kingfish over the years and they have played really well for us.”
Gordon is a 6’3” 210-pound freshman left-handed pitcher from Bradenton, FL. He was ranked as the sixth left handed pitching recruit in the state for 2017. In his senior year in high school, he was 4-2 with a 1.21 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 52 innings of work for Lakewood Ranch High School. He was a 2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game All American Honorable Mention selection.
Girand, a right-handed hitting catcher is a 6’0” 200-pound junior out of Winter Park, FL. He is a transfer from Seminole State Community College. Out of high school he was ranked as the 39th best catcher in the nation. Last spring at Seminole State he hit .256 with 11 RBI, four homers and 11 runs scored. He spent the 2017 summer with the Collegiate Baseball League Europe Champion La Rochelle (France) Admirals.
Shifflet is a 5’10” switch-hitting freshman from Venice, FL who can play in the infield and outfield. He was ranked as the number 21 shortstop in the entire country out of high school last season. He was a member of the 2015 state champion and 2016 runner up Venice Senior High School teams.
“Adding these three players from the University of Florida is a huge deal for the Kingfish,” said General Manager Scott Preimesberger. “The Gators have a great program as evident by their College World Series championship in 2017 and six appearances in Omaha since 2010.”
Opening Day for the Kingfish is May 29th against the 2017 South Division Champion Battle Creek Bombers. The game begins at 6:35 PM at Historic Simmons Field. 2018 marks the fifth season of Kingfish Baseball in Kenosha.
Meijer 7 Game Packs, season ticket packages, partial season tickets and group outings are now on sale. For more information or to purchase contact the Kingfish ticket office powered by Platinum Systems at 262-653-0900 or visit KingfishBaseball.com for more information.
The Kenosha Kingfish are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 185 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.KingfishBaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Kingfish as your favorite team.