June 16, 2011

Sullivan Signs With Geneva Red Wings Of NYCBL

Geneva, N.Y. – Rising Clark University sophomore Brian Sullivan (Auburn, Mass.) has signed a summer contract with the Geneva Red Wings of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) it was announced on Thursday by the team's president, Dave Herbst.

Sullivan will join the Red Wings immediately and should be ready to play this weekend. Geneva has already begun its 44-game summer schedule and are 3-4 following a 5-3 loss to the Niagara Power on Wednesday. 

Located in scenic upstate New York, the NYCBL, founded in 1978, is a summer wood bat development league for professional baseball.  Major League Baseball funds a small portion of the league's annual budget.

The league gives college players who have not yet signed a professional contract the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats, and be evaluated by scouts.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for Brian to get the chance to compete with level players from all over the country," said Clark head coach Jason Falcon. "Our program in excited for him and we wish him luck this summer."

As a freshman, Sullivan appeared in all 33 games for Clark, hitting .275 in 102 at-bats and led the team in homeruns (4), doubles (8) and slugging percentage (.471).

On the mound he went 1-0 with a 5.14 ERA in two appearances, including one start.

He will join a roster of 29 other college athletes, including former Auburn High School teammates Jeff Croteau of Division II Bentley University and Jon Leroux of Division I Northeastern University.