by Jim Holland
Brent Todys, a right-handed hitting catcher, has agreed to play with the West Virginia Miners during the 2017 Prospect League baseball season this coming summer. The Miners unveiled his contract signing on the morning of April 24 and, combined with the recently announced departures of pitchers Josh Lambert and Ryan Sapp, makes 26 current roster spots announced that currently go toward completing the Miners’ 28-man roster that will open the 2017 Prospect League season.
The 19-year old Todys is definitely looking forward to getting on the field this summer for the Miners after having to sit out his freshman year of collegiate baseball this spring due to a rules technicality occurred in conjunction with his transfer from his original college freshman destination of Mount Vernon (OH) Nazarene University to his current school of Wallace Community College, which is located in Dothan, AL.
He concluded a stellar high school career in the spring of 2016 at Westerville (OH) North High School. He was a four-year baseball letterman there with lofty batting averages of .369, .411, and .398 respectively for his final three years of high school. He also was named first team All-Conference in his junior and senior years of high school.
The 5-11, 175-pounder had a memorable summer in 2016 after high school graduation when he became a bullpen catcher for the Columbus (OH) Clippers, the International AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
Even though he is unable to see game action this spring for Wallace Community College, Todys still is able to practice with the team under the watchful eye of head coach Mackey Sasser, a former major league catcher who appeared in 534 career MLB games over nine seasons that stretched from 1987-1995 and was a .267 career hitter.
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