ROCHESTER, Mich. – Two more United Shore Professional Baseball League players are moving on with Major League Baseball organizations as Eastside Diamond Hoppers Noah Gotsis and Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers Kyle Olliges have inked contracts with the Colorado Rockies organization, announced by Justin Orenduff on Friday. Gotsis and Olliges are the sixth and seventh players signed this season, and 33rd and 34th overall from the USPBL.
“Noah Gotsis came into the USPBL as a polished pitcher that could throw multiple pitches for strikes and consistently perform at a high level for the Hoppers,” said Orenduff. “As he progressed through the USPBL, he developed later and more effective break on his curveball while adding 1.3 mph to his average fastball. His ability to attack hitters and work quickly should help him excel in the Rockies Organization.
“Kyle Olliges started as a development pitcher in the USPBL. Through his hard work and dedication over the last two years he significantly improved his mechanical efficiency helping him to add over 2.4 mph to his average fastball. As his off speed pitches increased in break, his full arsenal helped him profile to the next level. We wish him the best of luck in the Rockies Organization.”
Gotsis was part of a dominating 1-2 punch for the Diamond Hoppers, joining former teammate Luis Contreras who signed with the Milwaukee Brewers back on June 20th. A native of Phoenix, Ariz., the right-handed hurler Gotsis led the league in wins (4), strikeouts per game (8.82) and boasted an earned run average of 3.35.
“The USPBL has been an incredible experience both personally and professionally,” said Gotsis. “I’ve made some life long friends and truly appreciated the fan and staff support. I’d really like to thank Paul Noce for taking a chance on me and for constantly believing in my goals. Justin Orenduff, Shane (McCatty) and Alan’s (Oaks) expertise and effective use of the DVS model helped me take my performance to the next level. I feel extremely blessed to have had this opportunity.”
Olliges is another right-handed pitcher that was in his second year in the USPBL. A native of Louisville, Ky., Olliges had the league’s third-most wins and struck out 31 hitters in 45.0 innings pitched. He has been one of the more consistent pitchers in the league over the past two seasons.
“The USPBL has given me endless opportunity for growth as a player and has placed me with a great staff to help develop and play at the next level,” said Olliges.
Gotsis and Olliges are heading to Grand Junction, Colo. to compete with the Grand Junction Rockies. They are trying to become the next USPBL players to advance all the way through the minor league system similar to Randy Dobnak who recently was promoted to the Minnesota Twins roster after pitching in the USPBL in 2017.
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.