Border Cats Announce Player Signings for 2019 Season


Thunder Bay, Ont. – The Thunder Bay Border Cats are pleased to announce the first player signings for 2019 Northwoods League season.  Manager Eric Vasquez has signed Canadian born infielder Thomas Grilli, outfielder Anthony Galati, pitcher Brendan Cindric and infielder Nathan Soriano.

Grilli , who hails from Mississauga, Ont., is a high school graduate of St. Michael’s College in Toronto and played in the Ontario Blue Jays baseball program.  The 6’0”, 185 pound shortstop is currently in his freshman season at Panola College in Carthage, Texas.

Galati is entering his sophomore year at Sacramento City College in California, where he batted .279 in 43 games last season with two home runs and 22 runs batted in.   The 5’11”, 180 pound left-handed hitter is a product of Reno, Nev.

Cindric is a sophomore at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.  The 6’4”, 185 pound lefthander played his high school baseball in the golden state at Monte Vista H.S. in Danville, where he recorded a 1.06 ERA in 24 2/3 innings during his final varsity season.

Soriano, a native of Tucson, Ariz., attends Houston Baptist University in Texas.  The 6’2”, 190 pound junior previously played at San Diego’s Palomar College and hit .352 last season with 22 runs batted in and 35 runs scored in 40 games.

The Border Cats open the 2019 regular season on Tuesday, May 28, at 7:05 pm against the Duluth Huskies at Port Arthur Stadium. Fans can visit to take advantage of the early bird season ticket special through February 28.


The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 25-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 200 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC), Brandon Crawford (SFG) and Chris Sale (BOS). As well as MLB All-Stars Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIL). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.comor download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.