by Jim Holland
The West Virginia Miners announced the signings of two big right-handed pitchers, Brandon Nylin and Joshua Lambert, from two quality college baseball programs during the time period of March 10-14, 2017. Both are slated to be members of the Miners’ mound staff for the 2017 Prospect League season.
Nylin’s contract signing was announced by the Miners organization on March 10, 2017. The Hyde Park, NY resident is spending the spring of 2017 as a member of the baseball team at Indiana University-Southeast after the 6-1, 200 pounder began his collegiate career at Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, NY.
The right-hander caught the attention of college coaches on the heels of an outstanding high school career at his hometown’s Roosevelt High School. His career stats on the mound saw him strike out 57 hitters versus 38 walks in 52 innings of work. His 17 career high school pitching appearances (9 games started) saw him notch a 3-4 record that also included one save and a complete game shutout. With the bat, he also was a .315 career hitter (57-for-181) as a high schooler.
Two of Nylin’s teammates at IUSE in 2017 were members of the West Virginia Miners’ 2016 Prospect League Championship team, outfielder Jordan Branz and pitcher Brian Cherrington. The Grenadiers are an NAIA school that plays in the River States Conference, which also counts WVU-Tech athletics as one of its current members.
Lambert, a 6-2, 220-pounder had his contract signing announced by the Miners on March 14, 2017. He is a resident of Whittier, CA, and is playing his freshman season in the spring of 2017 at Asuza Pacific University. The big right-hander had not appeared on the mound through Asuza Pacific’s first 13 games in 2017. However, the 19-year old does bring with him an impressive high school background from his time in the scholastic ranks in California.
He proved to be tough for high school hitters to solve in the spring of 2016 as he had a very stingy 1.21 earned run average as part of his 17 appearances (6 starts) along with four saves on a team that finished with a 20-10 record on the season. He signed his college letter of intent to attend Asuza Pacific on November 12, 2015.