CATCHER MATT DILEO of Oakland University is the latest player to agree 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 May 8 and makes DiLeo the 28th and final name announced that currently goes toward completing the Miners’ 28-man roster that the team projects will open the 2017 Prospect League season.
DiLeo is a junior at Oakland and has done the bulk of the catching for the Golden Grizzlies this spring, appearing in 39 (all starts) of the team’s 43 games through May 5. The 6-1, 215-pounder during that time period has recorded a .234 batting average (34-for-145) and is third on the team in both homers (3), and RBI (23) while also being fourth in total bases with 54.
Oakland University is located in the greater Detroit, MI area and is a member of the ten-team NCAA Division-I Horizon League. The Rockford, MI resident will join his college teammate, left-handed pitcher Austin Sherry, as members of this year’s edition of the West Virginia Miners. DiLeo will be part of a four-man Miners’ catching corps to open the summer that also includes Jeffrey Crisan, Cole Fowler, and Brent Todys.
College baseball runs in the DiLeo family as Matt’s brother Tony, appeared in 111 games for Eastern Michigan University during his four-year career there from 2013-2016 as a career .235 hitter (64-for-272) which culminated with him being a team co-captain during his senior season in 2016.
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.