Former Tampa Bay Rays’ first round draft selection Garrett Whitley will join the Rockland Boulders of the All-American Baseball Challenge beginning this weekend.
Whitley, a standout at Niskayuna High School near Schenectady, NY, was chosen 13th overall by the Rays in the 2015 MLB draft. A righthanded hitting outfielder, Whitley reached the High A level of the Rays’ organization in 2019 with the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Florida State League.
Prior to that, he spent time with the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League (short-season Class A), as well as the Bowling Green Hot Rods of the Class A Midwest League.
Whitley also spent the winter of 2017 playing with the Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League.
Whitley will make his debut with the Boulders this Thursday when Rockland battles Palisades Credit Union Park co-tenant, the New York Brave. First pitch in Pomona is scheduled for 7 p.m.
This weekend, the Boulders will also be home to the Sussex County Miners on Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. In between, the Brave are set to host the New Jersey Jackals on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
The All-American Baseball Challenge is a six-team league that includes the Boulders, Brave, New Jersey Jackals, Skylands Cardinals, Sussex County Miners and Jersey Wise Guys. Each team is playing a 32-game schedule.
All games in the All-American Baseball Challenge, a summer recreation league comprised of professional and college players, are being held each week on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, running through Sept. 12. In accordance with New York State guidelines, crowds are extremely limited and masks are required as part of the ballpark's guest separation protocol.
Schedule and ticket information can be found at www.palisadescreditunionpark.com.
While minor and independent professional baseball leagues have been canceled across the country this summer, professional-caliber baseball will return to Rockland County at the Palisades Credit Union Park on July 23rd as part of the 6-team, All- American Baseball Challenge presented by Good Samaritan Hospital..
The 32-game schedule will feature the Rockland Boulders (not affiliated with the New York Boulders) and New York Brave playing at Palisades Credit Union Park; Sussex County Miners and Skylands Cardinals at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, NJ; and the New Jersey Jackals and the Jersey Wise Guys will play at Yogi Berra Stadium in Montclair, NJ. All games will be held on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
This all-star caliber, recreation league will feature top-level talent from both minor league and college baseball as part of the outdoor family fun series at Palisades Credit Union Park. “With Minor and Independent leagues shuttering for this season, we’ve had tremendous interest from very high level players who are anxious for a place to perform,” noted Shawn Reilly, President of NY BB, LLC. Players from the 2019 Jackals, Miners and Boulders are expected to participate. ‘We know there are many fans and families having baseball withdrawal this summer and this will allow them to watch America’s pastime in the safety of the fresh air and social distanced atmosphere of our beautiful ballpark.”
Palisades Credit Union Park, Rockland County’s premier outdoor family entertainment center, features drive in fireworks, movies and baseball and more this summer. A full promotion schedule for the baseball games will be announced shortly. In accordance with NYS guidelines, crowds will be extremely limited and masks required as part of the ballpark social distancing safety protocol. Schedule information and tickets will go on sale this week at www.palisadescreditunionpark.com.
The Boulders and Brave will hold an open tryout for players on Saturday, July 18that 8am. Registration is limited must be done in advance at PalisadesCreditUnionPark.com.