By: Grays Press
Joe Donino, a pitching ace for the DC Grays in their 2012 inaugural season in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, has signed a professional contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Donino is the first Grays player ever to sign a professional contract with an MLB-affiliated club.
After compiling a 10-4 record and a 3.94 ERA in his college career at Columbia University, Donino spent the summer of 2014 pitching professionally for the Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am League. He finished with a 5-4 record and a 4.31 ERA. He helped lead the Boulders to their first-ever Can-Am League championship. He was signed by the Diamondbacks at the conclusion of the season.
Pitching for the DC Grays in the summer of 2012, Donino was one of the top pitchers in the Ripken League. He lead the Grays in games started (7), innings pitched (47.2) and strikeouts (50). He pitched much better than his 1-3 record – his 4.15 ERA was good for tenth in the league.
All DC Grays fans will be following Joe’s professional career closely, and we look forward to seeing him in a Diamondbacks uniform soon!
Here are some press articles about Donino’s signing:
Three Grays named to all-league team
By: Grays Press
The DC Grays are pleased to announce that three of its players were named to the 2014 All-League team for the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.
Slugging Grays first baseman Webb Bobo (Southeast Louisiana) was named to the All-League first team. Webb led the Ripken League in hitting, scorching the ball for a .365 average to go with 3 homers and 20 runs batted in. Bobo, who was selected for the Ripken League all-star game, is the first DC Grays player to lead the league in batting.
The Grays not only boasted one of the league’s best hitters, but also the league’s top closer. Relief pitcher James Lengal (BYU) lead the league in saves, converting all eight of his save chances — and was named to the All-League second team. Lengal, one of the hardest throwers in the league, struck out 12 batters in 10.2 innings, and had a microscopic 0.84 ERA for the season.
Speedy center fielder Trae Sweeting (Georgia State) was named to the honorable mention All-League team. Sweeting, who batted .307, was second in the league in steals with 23 on the season. He was selected for the Ripken League all-star game.
“These three players were simply outstanding for the DC Grays this season,” said General Manager Antonio Scott. “They were great players on the field, but more importantly they are also fine young men. They represented their families, their colleges and the DC Grays with class and distinction. We thank Webb, James and Trae for spending the summer with us, and we congratulate them on a job well done.”
The DC Grays finished the 2014 season with a 15-25 record, good enough for 9th place in the 11-team league.
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