by Jim Holland
Catcher Jeffrey Crisan of Lipscomb University has signed his contract to play for the West Virginia Miners during the 2017 Prospect League season this upcoming summer. His contract signing was announced by the Miners on the afternoon of March 28 and is the 21st player name to be unveiled by the Beckley, WV based team that will be part of their 28-man roster when the season opens.
Crisan is a 5-11, 225 pound junior currently playing for Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. The school is a member of the NCAA Division I nine-team Atlantic Sun Conference. The resident of Apopka, FL has appeared in nine of the Bisons’ first 16 games this year and is hitting .267 (8-for-30) including two doubles and two RBI over that span. This is on the heels of a 2016 season that saw him hit .270 (20-for-74) and included four multi-hit games.
His first two seasons (2015 and 2016) behind the plate at Lipscomb allowed him to demonstrate his defensive prowess in 48 games by recording 286 putouts and 49 assists while committing only three errors over the two-year span. Also, his combined totals for the 2015 and 2016 campaigns saw him throw out 16 potential basestealers in 45 attempts, a .356 success ratio.
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 email@example.com or by telephone at 304-252-7233