The Ottawa Champions have swung a Can-Am League deal with the Sussex County Miners that will give the ball club a solid bat from the first base position next season.
The Champions picked up 1B Kenny Bryant from Sussex County in exchange for 1B/3B/DH Nick Giarraputo and RHP Drew Cisco. Bryant, 25, batted .262 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 91 games for the Miners in 2015. In 296 games over four seasons with Gary SouthShore, Rockford and Sussex County, he has compiled a career .263 average with 23 home runs and 146 RBI.
Giarraputo, 27, was signed by the Champions in early August, and batted .278 with one homer and 13 RBI in 24 games. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 12th round in 2006 and was named the Can-Am League Player of the Year in 2012 while a member of the New Jersey Jackals.
Cisco, 24, appeared in 23 games for the Champions in 2015, including nine starts, compiling a 3-4 record and a 3.80 ERA in 66.1 innings pitched. He was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 6th round in 2010.
ICYMI: The Champions entire coaching staff of manager Hal Lanier, pitching coach Billy Horn, first base coach Jared Lemieux, and hitting coach Sebastien Boucher will return for the 2016 season.
Lanier, 73, led the Champions to a 46-50 record in their inaugural season, keeping the team in the playoff race up the second-last game of the season. The Denton, NC native played 10 years in the MLB with the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees, and was named the 1986 National League Manager of the Year, when he led the Houston Astros to the NLCS.
Horn, 36, joined the Champions last year after serving as pitching coach for the Roswell Invaders of the Pecos League in 2012. The Bronx, NY native has also served as pitching coach at his alma mater Lynn University, and on teams in the New York Collegiate and Perfect Game Collegiate Leagues.
Lemieux, 32, manned the first base coach’s box last year and also held the role of outfield coach and batting practice pitcher. Born in Portland, ME, Lemieux now lives in Readfield, where he is the head coach of the Southern Maine Community College Seawolves of the USCAA.
Boucher, 34, was acquired from the Quebec Capitales in November 2014 to be the starting centre fielder and hitting coach. Last season the Gatineau native batted .296, while hitting five home runs and driving in 59 runs.
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