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PITCHER CLAY ERVIN of Lenoir-Rhyne 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 afternoon of May 3 and, combined with the recently revealed departures of pitchers Josh Lambert and Ryan Sapp, makes 27 current roster spots announced that currently go toward completing the Miners’ 28-man roster that will open the 2017 Prospect League season.

Ervin, a left-hander, is currently wrapping up his freshman collegiate season at Lenoir-Rhyne, where he has seen limited varsity action in games through May 1. The 6-1, 195-pounder has appeared in only four varsity games for the Bears but has also been pitching frequently in JV games for the school as he was working his way back from an arm injury.

He joined the Lenoir-Rhyne program as a much sought after recruit from Bunker Hill (NC) High School, where he finished with a career high school earned run average of a stellar 1.57 in 19 games (14 starts). He demonstrated there the ability to strike out hitters by fanning 98 foes in 84.2 innings on the mound versus 40 walks enroute to an 8-4 record.

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 mktgwvminers@frontier.com or by telephone at 304-252-7233


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