ROCKLAND COUNTY – As they prepare for their initial season in the Frontier League in 2021, the New York Boulders this past week announced the signing of six players and the acquisition of a seventh in a trade.
In the trade with the Frontier League’s Washington Wild Things, the Boulders acquired 24-year-old righthanded pitcher Jake Dexter in exchange for infielder Richie Fecteau.
Dexter was signed out of the University of Southern Maine in 2019 by the Los Angeles Angels and spent that season with their Arizona Rookie League team. Fecteau, 26, played one season, 2019, with the Boulders, hitting .236 with 16 home runs and 38 RBI.
The players inked to deals by the Boulders were righthanded pitchers Nathan Alexander and Zach Schneider, as well as lefthanded pitcher John Cain, along with first baseman Ray Hernandez, shortstop Austin Dennis and outfielder Milton Smith.
Alexander, 24, was a 2018 draft selection of the Miami Marlins and spent the 2019 season with the Clinton LumberKings of the Class A Midwest League; while Schneider, 23, was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox out of Florida Atlantic University in 2019 and spent that summer with the Sox’ Gulf Coast League rookie team.
Cain, 24, born in Bronxville and a graduate of Pine Bush High School in Ulster County, was signed out of Manhattan College by the Los Angeles Angels in 2019 and played that summer with their Arizona Rookie League team. The 6’10” southpaw also pitched for the Rockland Boulders in this past summer’s All-American Baseball Challenge.
Hernandez, 24, a 2018 draft pick of the Atlanta Braves out of Alabama State University, logged time in 2019 with the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League; while Dennis, 24, a 2018 choice of the Houston Astros in the MLB Draft out of Middle Tennessee State, shared time in 2019 with the Round Rock Express of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League and Quad-Cities River Bandits of the Midwest League.
Hernandez and Dennis both bat righthanded.
Smith, 23, is a lefthanded hitting outfielder with exceptional speed who was drafted by the Miami Marlins in 2018 out of Meridian Community College (MS). He played the 2019 season with the Batavia Muckdogs of the Class A New York-Penn League.
Debuting in 1993, the Frontier League is the largest and longest-running of the modern independent leagues and features teams stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway. This past September, the Frontier League reached an agreement to become a “Partner League” with Major League Baseball.
As a “Partner League,” the Frontier League and its teams will meet on a regular basis with MLB representatives to discuss joint marketing and promotional opportunities, as well as collaborate on initiatives to provide organized baseball to communities throughout the United States and Canada.
More information can be found at www.frontierleague.com.
Meanwhile, New York Boulders season tickets and packages for the 2020 season are now available – for more information call 845-364-0009 or slide to NYBoulders.com
About the New York Boulders
The New York Boulders are entering their 10th season of Professional Baseball as part of the newly-formed Frontier League and are in pursuit of a post-season appearance for the seventh straight year. Founded as the Rockland Boulders in 2011 and playing their homes games at Palisades Credit Union Park in Rockland County, NY, the franchise rebranded as the New York Boulders in advance of the 2020 season. The Boulders won the 2014 Can-Am League Championship and hosted the Frontier League vs. Can-Am All-Star Game in 2019. Proud to be part of the rich history of professional baseball in the New York City region, during the 2017 season the team welcomed its 1,000,000th fan to Palisades Credit Union Park located in Rockland County, NY.