by Jim Holland
2016 Prospect League All*Star outfielder Nick Delgado will be returning to the West Virginia Miners for the 2017 season. The Miners announced his contract signing on the afternoon of March 22 and makes him the 20th name to be revealed that will make up the Miners’ 28*man roster this coming summer.
Delgado is a 5*9, 190 pound resident of Pompano Beach, FL who last summer hit in the leadoff spot for the Miners for the bulk of their 2016 run to the Prospect League championship title. He certainly filled the role well by hitting .309 in 58 games while leading the Miners in four offensive categories on the regular season: at*bats (236), runs scored (48), hits (73), and stolen bases (23). Then, for a postseason encore, he finished third on the team in runs scored for the Miners’ four*game playoff sweep of both postseason rounds. He was named to play for the Eastern Division in the mid*season 2016 Prospect League All*Star Game as well as being named to the league’s Eastern Division All*Star Team upon conclusion of the season.
He is currently a senior at the University of West Alabama, located in Livingston, AL. He will be striving this spring to match his offensive output of his previous two seasons for the Tigers, when he hit .372 and .353 respectively for UWA, a member of the NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference. His stolen base percentage for his last two completed college seasons is .775 (31*for*40).
The Prospect League is the premier collegiate wood bat summer baseball league in the Midwest. It has been operating in its current form since 2009 while serving the summer baseball needs of top collegiate players. The 2016 Prospect League title won by the Miners was the team’s third league championship in the last five seasons.
Season*long box seats and other ticket packages for the West Virginia Miners are already on sale for the 2017 Prospect League season, which begins on May 30 while the Miners home opener will be on June 1 versus the Butler (PA) Blue Sox. Persons needing more information on the Miners can contact the team either by e*mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or by telephone at [304*252*7233](tel:(304)%20252*7233) .