News Release, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

Waldorf, Md. – The Blue Crabs announced their 2019 Spring Training roster today, including nine returnees from the team’s 2018 roster.

 The pitching staff boasts five players with MLB experience that combine for a 3.79 ERA in 1,292 innings pitched in the MLB, making them a staff to be reckoned with in the Atlantic League. The standouts among the former major-leaguers include Mat Latos who was top ten in the MLB Cy Young voting in 2010 and led the MLB in starts in 2012. Daryl Thompson, another standout is a La Plata, Maryland native that returns to the staff for his eighth season looking to continue to climb the ALPB career leaderboards. A third big timer on the staff began the 2018 season with the Blue Crabs, and finished it with the Toronto Blue Jays. 

Returnees from the 2018 pitching staff include Ryan Chaffee, Craig Stem, and Daryl Thompson. The lone returning outfielder is Cory Vaughn, who has the most home runs in the ALPB over the past two seasons. To round out the returners, five infielders come back to Southern Maryland for the 2019 season, Edwin Garcia, Jon Griffin, Craig Maddox, Frank Martinez, and Angelys Nina.  

The Blue Crabs play six exhibitions games in total, with four coming at home. Following the team’s first Spring Training game at the York Revolution’s ballpark, the team plays their Spring Training home opener April 19th when they host the Black Sox. The squad will then travel to Lancaster to play their final road game on April 22nd and follow that up with a York/High Point Rockers double header on April 23rd that is free to the public.

To polish off the Spring Training schedule, the Blue Crabs will host High Point on April 24th in a game that will be closed to the public.

Full 2019 Blue Crabs Spring Training Roster:

Pitchers:

  • RHP Wilfredo Boscan
  • RHP Ryan Chaffee
  • RHP Brandon Cumpton
  • LHP Adam Choplick
  • LHP Pat Dean
  • RHP John Hayes
  • RHP Andrew Johnston
  • RHP Michael Kelly
  • RHP Mat Latos
  • RHP El’Hajj Muhammad
  • RHP Miguel Nunez
  • RHP John Richy
  • RHP Craig Stem
  • RHP Daryl Thompson (Player-coach)
  • LHP Tommy Thorpe 

Catchers: 

  • Mike Falsetti
  • Charlie Valerio

Infielders:

  • Kent Blackstone
  • Matt Dean
  • Edwin Garcia
  • Jon Griffin
  • Rian Kiniry
  • Craig Maddox (Player-coach)
  • Frank Martinez
  • Josh McAdams
  • Angelys Nina 

Outfielders:

  • Tony Thomas
  • Rubi Silva
  • Cory Vaughn

*Denotes returner The team opens the 2019 season on May 3rd at home against the Lancaster Barnstormers. To save your seat at the ballpark for the upcoming season and other team news, visitwww.somdbluecrabs.com or call 301-638-9788.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...