ROCHESTER, Mich. – Eastside Diamond Hoppers Luis Contreras signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, announced by Director of Baseball Operations Justin Orenduff on Thursday. Contreras becomes the 29th player in the United Shore Professional Baseball League to sign with a Major League Baseball organization since 2016.
“In the offseason, (Eastside Manager) Paul Noce told us he found a pitcher that would be a perfect fit for the USPBL and Luis Contreras was exactly that,” said Orenduff. “He arrived at the USPBL with a tremendous work ethic, passion for learning, and embodied what it means to be a pitcher. Contreras throws three pitches for strikes and can elevate his fastball with high spin which made him the league leader in strikeouts. We look forward to his success in the Brewers organization.”
Contreras, a native of Pembroke Pines, Fla., struck out a league-best 39 batters in 23.0 innings pitched. He finished with a record of 2-2 and earned one save. Contreras combined for a one-hit shutout on May 25th against the Utica Unicorns.
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“The league, staff, crowd and fans makes the USPBL a great experience for a bunch of players that want to keep fighting for their dreams,” said Contreras. “I want to thank the entire USPBL staff and Sandy (Wilton) for placing me in the host family program and giving me the opportunity to meet my new family, the DiLoddo’s.”
Earlier in the week, former Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers pitcher Randy Wynne signed a contract with the Cincinnati Reds. Wynne tossed a complete-game in the 2017 Championship Game, striking out a single-game record 14 batters and was named Championship MVP. He holds the USPBL single-season record with eight wins in the 2017 season.
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.