ROCHESTER, Mich. – Former Utica Unicorns pitcher Randy Dobnak has been called up to the Minnesota Twins, announced by the league office on Thursday. Dobnak pitched for the Unicorns during the 2017 season and has moved up through the Twins organization this season, starting in Single-A to begin this season.
“Randy getting promoted to the big leagues embodies everything the USPBL stands for,” said Director of Baseball Operations Justin Orenduff. “Jim Essian found an undrafted yet highly-skilled pitcher from a Division II college. The USPBL gave him an opportunity to pitch and develop and over his seven-week stint in the USPBL, Randy distinguished himself as the best starter in the league. It’s great to see the initial vision of Andy Appleby, Brian Berryman and all of our staff come to fruition.”
Dobnak pitched six games for the Unicorns in the 2017 season with 29 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched. He finished with a 3-0 record and a 2.31 earned run average.
In Triple-A with the Rochester Red Wings, Dobnak was 4-1 with a 2.00 ERA and struck out 27 in 36.0 innings pitched. He was named Pitcher of the Week after his performance last week and was an impressive 11-3 in minor league baseball this year. This marks his fourth promotion this season (Single-A, Double-A, Triple-A, MLB).
The United Shore Professional Baseball League was founded by Rochester-based General Sports and Entertainment, and is the culmination of a 10-year effort by General Sports to bring professional baseball to the Detroit area. General Sports is led by President & CEO Andy Appleby, a former Senior Vice President of the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment. General Sports previously owned and operated the Fort Wayne Wizards, a Minor League Baseball team in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the Derby County Football Club, an English football (soccer) club in the English Premier and Championship Football Leagues. The USPBL will give General Sports the opportunity to employ every best practice that its experienced team has learned over the past 30 years at the highest level of sports management and marketing.
The USPBL launched May 2016 with an initial slate of three teams playing a full 75-game schedule at Jimmy John’s Field in historic downtown Utica. The USPBL is the first league in history to feature best practices such as having all of its games played on prime dates, Thursday to Sunday from mid-May through early September – the very finest months of weather in Michigan.
For more information, visit the USPBL website.