is on His
Way To Lakeland For Spring Training
(San Ramon, CA. December 19, 2009) The Golden Baseball League (GBL) announced today the Long Beach Armada catcher Andy Bouchie has had his contract purchased by the Detroit Tigers.
The GBL All-Star
catcher was in his
first season for the Armada
and will now report to Tigers spring training in Lakeland, Florida in February.
Bouchie, 24, was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers as a 7th round selection after an outstanding junior year at Oral Roberts University where he led the club in batting, and was named 1st Team All Conference as the Golden Eagles advanced to the College World Series and ended up ranked #17 in the nation.
The hard hitting catcher spent three years in the Brewers organization before being released last year as the higher minor league levels in Milwaukee's farm system were stacked with catchers.
was signed by manager Garry Templeton of the Long Beach Armada and quickly became the dominant catcher in the Golden Baseball League
Selected a GBL All-Star he
hit .290 for the Fleet with 7 home runs and 42 RBI in 59 games.
was considered the finest catcher in the league as he
handled an Armada
staff full of experienced pitchers, including ex-major league stars Jose Lima and Hideki Irabu.
"I'm not surprised that Andy was acquired by a major league team," said Armada skipper Garry Templeton.
is the 18th player from Golden Baseball League teams to have his
contract purchased this year and the 104th in the five year existence of the league.