FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2023
Contact: New York Boulders
BOULDERS INK ALL-STAR CATCHER JOE DeLUCA
Highly Coveted Prospect Joins Powerful Lineup
Rockland County, NY (February 23, 2023) – The New York Boulders of the Frontier League today announced the signing of former Atlantic League all-star catcher Joe DeLuca. The native of Cicero, NY, was one of the most highly coveted free agents available this off-season. Boulders manager TJ Stanton is excited at the prospect of having the right-handed hitter’s bat and glove in the lineup.
“There was a lot of competition for Joe and we expect him to be a great fit in our batting order as well as providing a strong arm behind the plate,” Stanton said.
DeLuca finished his collegiate career at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, in 2017, recording a .318 average for the Golden Knights in his senior season. He proceeded to post an impressive .367 average for the Fargo-Moorehead RedHawks of the American Association that same summer,
His defensive prowess and solid offensive production made him an All-Star while with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League, for whom he batted .304 in the 2021 campaign. While playing for Panama in that winter’s Caribbean Series, he batted a sizzling .368 in five games, earning notice from – and being signed by - the Cincinnati Reds, appearing as high as the AAA level with Louisville of the International League.
“Anyone who has watched him play knows his value,” added Stanton. “That’s why so many teams wanted to sign him and we know he’ll like his choice with the Boulders; he’ll fit in perfectly with the winning culture we’re building here.”
That winning culture was punctuated by a frantic 2022 season-ending 12-game winning streak, which propelled New York into its first ever Frontier League Wildcard berth. With many key players from that team already onboard for the 2023 season and a competitive battle for top pitching slots in the offing, Stanton and company’s rally cry of “Unfinished Business” from a year ago now rings just a bit louder.
Information regarding season tickets and packages for the Boulders’ 2023 season is available by calling 845-364-0009 or sliding to www.NYBoulders.com.
Debuting in 1993, the Frontier League is the largest and longest-running of the modern independent leagues and features teams stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway. In September of 2020, the Frontier League became an official “Partner League” with Major League Baseball.
More information can be found at www.frontierleague.com.
About the New York Boulders and NYB, LLC
The New York Boulders are entering their 12th season of Professional Baseball as part of the Frontier League and are in pursuit of a post-season appearance for the eighth time in the past nine seasons. Founded as the Rockland Boulders in 2011, the franchise rebranded as the New York Boulders in advance of the 2020 season. In 2014, the Boulders won the Can-Am League Championship and hosted the Frontier vs. Can-Am All-Star Game in 2019. Proud to be part of the rich history of professional baseball in the New York City region, during the 2017 season the team welcomed its 1,000,000th fan to Clover Stadium located in Rockland County, NY. In 2012 and 2014, Rockland was named the Can-Am’s “Organization of the Year.” The Boulders are owned and operated by NYB, LLC, a sports and entertainment company company.. NYBB is committed to providing superior customer service and quality, affordable family entertainment experiences for the New York Metropolitan area, Lower Hudson Valley and northeast New Jersey. Slide to www.nyboulders.com for more information.