Beach Bums Make Big Moves

TRAVERSE CITY, MI— The Traverse City Beach Bums overhauled their roster when the team announced the signing of six new players to the active roster. Pictured here in a Pete Walters photograph, is newly acquired Jeff Flagg.

The Beach Bums added three pitchers to their staff with the signings of Jeff Cinadr, David Deminsky and Matt Smith. The club improved its offense with infielder Jimmy Baker, whom they acquired in a trade with the Florence Freedom in exchange for future considerations. Infielders Jeff Flagg and Sean Gusrang were signed as well.

Deminsky, a left handed pitcher, pitched in the Minnesota Twins farm system last season. While there, he posted a 3-3 record with a 3.36 ERA for the Twins’ Gulf Coast League affiliate. The native of Sartell, MN, is expected to pitch out of the Beach Bums starting rotation, “We feel like Deminsky can give us some quality innings,” said Beach Bums manager Gregg Langbehn. “We felt one area we really needed to address was our starting pitching and we feel like we did that with some of these moves.”

Cinadr, a right handed pitcher, pitched last season with the Lake Erie Crushers where he went 4-3 with a 2.21 ERA in 41 games. He is expected to pitch out of the Beach Bums bullpen.

Smith pitched last season for Lake Erie, going 10-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 120 innings. The former Los Angeles Dodgers farmhand struck out 90 and allowed less than a hit per inning (120 IP/108H).

Baker, a native of Chelsea, MI, comes to the Beach Bums a year after making the Frontier League All-Star team with Florence. This season, Baker hit .241 with five home runs and 24 RBI with the Freedom, and is expected to add offense to the middle of the Beach Bums lineup, “We’ve been trying to acquire Baker for quite some time,” said Langbehn. “The opportunity to get him came up again and we couldn’t say no.”

Flagg, a power hitting corner infielder, enjoyed his best season in 2009 between two teams in the New York Mets farm system when he hit .289 with ten home runs and 62 RBI in 64 games, propelling him to an appearance in the New York-Penn League All-Star game the following season. He’s expected to play in the Beach Bums infield and provide added offense to the lineup.

Gusrang, an infielder who last played college baseball at Seton Hall University, hit .295 in 58 games for the Pirates. He is expected to add depth in the Beach Bums infield.

In a set of corresponding moves, the club announced that pitchers Justin Anderson, Drew Erwin, and Spencer Shelton; catcher Brandon Pearl; infielders James Guerrero and Evan Sharpley; and outfielder Jason Codiroli have been released. Anderson went 0-1 with a 5.01 ERA in seven games, while Erwin had a 9.64 ERA in four games. Shelton went 1-3 with a 6.31 ERA in nine games. Pearl hit .174 in 14 games with the club. Guerrero, who played for the Beach Bums in 2009, hit .218 with 15 RBI in 31 games. Codiroli was in his second season with Traverse City, hit .217 with three home runs and nine RBI.

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