Edenton Steamers announce additions to 2019 team
Four players from last season set to return this summer
From Edenton Steamers, staff reports
Friday, March 8, 2019
EDENTON — The Edenton Steamers announced four returners for the 2019 campaign Feb. 25.
Tyler Jones of Chowan University, TJ Wegmann of Binghamton University, R.D. Lutze from University of Illinois-Springfield and Holden Drake of Erskine College will be back in the Teal and Black this summer.
Edenton head coach Russ Burroughs believes this core group of players will help make the transition easier for newcomers.
“The fact that we can bring four guys back that were with us last summer can really add some leadership because they know the ins and outs of the town, the team and the mindset that I bring as a coach,” Burroughs said.
The Edenton Steamers announced their latest additions to the 2019 roster March 4.
Alex Alders, Quincy Hamilton and Henry Von Hollen of Wright State University will be joining the Clams this summer.
The trio is the first group of teammates to sign with Edenton.
Last summer, the Steamers had two Wright State players on their roster.
RHP Jorge Lozano and 1B/DH Zane Harris, who was an all-star and the team's Most Valuable Player.
“We had two guys from Wright State last year and I have all the confidence in the world with Wright State's coaches and who they give us. The coaching staff and I have a really good rapport and I know that they will add depth and contribute for us,” Burroughs said.
Alders, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound redshirt junior, is expected to start in the outfield for the Steamers.
“We really like the fact that he has had two years of playing experience in the outfield at a division one program. He's going to bring maturity to our outfield,” Burroughs said.
The Sagamore Hills, Ohio native hit .300 last season with six doubles and a .368 on-base percentage.
Joining Alders in the outfield is Quincy Hamilton, a 6-foot, 190-pound redshirt sophomore from Centerville, Ohio.
“He has a lot of gap-to-gap power. He also has some speed which adds to his athleticism. Him and Alders will be able to anchor our outfield,” Burroughs said.
Last summer, with the Champion City Kings, he hit six home runs and eight doubles in 138 at-bats.
Von Hollen, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound redshirt freshman, struck out 45 batters in 52.2 innings last summer with the Champion City Kings.
“Henry is a big body, so I am hoping he can provide intimidation for opposing hitters. The thing that stood out is that he has room to develop and mature this summer. I think being with us will be a big confidence boost and he will add depth to our staff,” Burroughs said.
The Wright State products will have a prime opportunity this spring to create chemistry with one another and carry it down south for a summer in Edenton.
Opening Day at Historic Hicks Field is on May 30 as the Steamers host the Morehead City Marlins.