Photo Credit - Quebec Capitales
The Rockland Boulders moved one step closer to solidifying their 2019 roster with the acquisition of catcher Adam Ehrlich from the Quebec Capitales for a player to be named later.
Ehrlich was a 6th round draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2011 amateur draft out of Campbell High School in Studio City, California. Though he is just 26 years of age, Adam can be considered a veteran as he's entering his ninth professional season.
His first five pro seasons were spent in the Cardinals' organization before landing in Quebec, where he has seen regular action for the past three, including the team's 2017 Can-Am Championship.
A strong defensive backstop, Ehrlich committed just three errors in 480 chances and threw out 34% of opposing runners attempting to steal last year. Though not a power threat, he has also made consistent contributions to Quebec's lineup, batting .265 with 85 RBI in 238 games played for the Caps.
The Boulders start the 2019 season on Thursday, May 17, hosting the defending Can-Am Champ Sussex County Miners in a 7:00 pm start at Palisades Credit Union Park. Tickets for all Boulders home games - including the July 10th All-Star Game against the Frontier League - are available online, at the box office during business hours, or for more information, call 845-364-0009.
(Rockland County, NY) – The Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am League have named former Major League pitcher Les Lancaster as the team’s pitching coach for the 2019 season. Lancaster will team up on the Rockland bench with new manager Kevin Baez, who also performed in the majors with the New York Mets.
Currently a resident of Dothan, Alabama, Lancaster will continue a career of over 35 years in professional baseball. Originally drafted by the New York Yankees in 1981, the right-hander made his debut for the Chicago Cubs, for whom he pitched in five of his seven MLB seasons. Other stops included stints with the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals, and he amassed a 41-28 career record with 22 saves, being used primarily from the bullpen.
After his final contest with St. Louis in 1993, Les continued pitching professionally at both the affiliated and independent levels for another eight seasons while touching off an impressive managerial career. In his 11 seasons at the helm of various teams – all in independent ball – Lancaster had eight seasons of .500 or better and posted an overall 567-504 record, for a .529 win percentage.
“Having two dugout leaders with Major League experience and such extensive pro resumes is a very special opportunity for the Boulders and our fans,” noted Team President Shawn Reilly. “Few, if any, organizations at our level can make that claim and as we look to the future, we can be confident that our players will reach their full potential.”
The Boulders open their All-Star Summer against the defending Can-Am champ Sussex County Miners on Thursday, May 16, 2019. The franchise will also host the 2019 All-Star Game between the Can-Am and Frontier leagues, with the Home Run Derby on July 9, followed by the game on July 10. For season tickets and more information, please visit our box office, call 845-364-0009 or slide to rocklandboulders.com.
On the heels of last week's news that the Boulders have signed former New York Yankees first round draft pick Cito Culver, Rockland has announced five new players to the 2019 preseason roster.
Matt Oberste - This corner-infielder was signed by the New York Mets in the 7th round of the 2013 draft. He spent all of his six seasons in affiliated ball in the Mets' system, and last year he split time between Las Vegas (AAA), and Binghamton (AA) before finishing the year with the Atlantic League's Somerset Patriots.
Chase Harris - Acquired earlier this off-season, Harris is a 2014 selection of the Philadelphia Phillies and is expected to bring his terrific glove to center field for the Boulders, while adding speed to the lineup. Having played all of last season for the Ottawa Champions, Chase batted .296 with 24 stolen bases and 55 runs scored.
Audie Afenir - Another selection of the New York Yankees, the 2015 draftee will compete for the catcher's position and can play first base. Afenir is also no stranger to new Boulders' manager Kevin Baez, having finished last season with the Atlantic League's Long Island Ducks.
Brett Schneider - A local product, Brett is no stranger to the area, having pitched his collegiate ball at nearby Dominican College. Last year, the right-hander played with the Vallejo Admirals of the Pacific Association, posting a solid 2.53 ERA with five saves.
Ian Hardman - Selected by the Houston Astros in the 2016 draft, the tall righty will vie for a spot in the Rockland bullpen. Standing 6'5, Ian toiled in the Astros and Detroit Tigers' organization before finishing the 2018 campaign with a brief stint for the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association.