Fish land record-setting catcher from Tigers' system
THE Winnipeg Goldeyes have caught a red-hot young catcher, signing Jordan Guida, 24, for the upcoming season.
Guida comes to Winnipeg after signing with the Detroit Tigers system last year. He played in five games with the Tigers' rookie team in the Gulf Coast League, where he hit .467, and moonlighted for a game in the A-level West Michigan and the Advanced-A Lakeland of the Florida State League.
Guida, who hails from Arizona, wrapped up his college career with a record-setting senior season with the Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs. He led the team to an NAIA World Series championship with a record-smashing seven home runs in the tournament, while batting .440 in six series games and notching 13 RBI.
"He's a good young player and very athletic," Goldeyes manager Rick Forney said. "Obviously you need two catchers and we were looking for a rookie to fill this spot. He can play in the outfield and he runs well. There's more than one way we can use him."
With the signing the Goldeyes now have 25 players under contract for the summer, including 14 pitchers and 11 position players. The roster limit when training camp opens on May 4 is set at 28.
High school hockey grads to face off
THE province's top high-school hockey players will take the ice on Sunday for the Manitoba High School Hockey Graduating All-Star Game.
The puck will drop at noon at the MTS Iceplex for the game, which will pit Team Winnipeg against Team Rural. The city team will be coached by Justin Steeves, who guided the John Taylor Pipers to the 2013 AAAA provincial championship, while the rural squad will feature bench boss Mike Adams from the AA-champion Neepawa Tigers. Players were selected from nominations sent in by schools across the province.