ROCKLAND COUNTY – The New York Boulders added another local talent to their roster with the acquisition of former Arlington High School (Lagrangeville, NY) standout pitcher Mike Pascoe.
First-year Boulders’ manager T.J. Stanton picked up the righthander, a 2016 graduate of Arlington, located just outside of Poughkeepsie, in a trade with the Windy City Thunderbolts (Frontier League) in exchange for lefthanded reliever Doug Domnarski.
The Boulders also announced the signings of a pair of big bats in outfielder Devonte Mitchell and utility man Tucker Nathans, as well as righthanded pitcher Austin Hutchison and lefthander Braden Pearson as Stanton continues to construct a roster for the team’s initial season in the Frontier League.
Nathans, 32, is also a local product, born in Warwick, NY, in nearby Orange County.
Pascoe, 22, was selected in the 2018 Major League Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays out of San Jacinto (TX) College. He split the 2018 and 2019 seasons with a trio of Toronto Class A teams – the Bluefield Blue Jays (Appalachian League), Lansing Lugnuts (Midwest League) and the Vancouver Canadians (Northwest League) and should give Stanton a reliable arm out of the bullpen this coming season.
This past summer, Pascoe participated in the All-American Baseball Challenge with the Palisades Credit Union-based New York Brave.
Meanwhile, Nathans gives Stanton a lefthanded bat in the order and a player who can play the infield and outfield equally well.
Nathans spent the 2013 through 2017 seasons in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization, reaching as high as Class AAA ball in 2017 with the Norfolk Tides of the International League.
In 2019, Nathans played with the Trois-Rivieres Aigles of the Can-Am League and, in 95 games, hit .289 with a dozen home runs and 56 RBI. He also spent this past summer in the AABC with the Jersey WiseGuys.
Mitchell, a 25-year-old righthanded hitting outfielder described by Stanton as a highly athletic power hitter, was a 13th round choice of the Chicago Cubs in the 2014 Major League Draft, signing with the organization directly out of Kennett (MO) High School.
He played from 2014 to 2019 in the Cubs’ organization, the last two seasons (2018 and 2019) with their Class A Carolina League team, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. In 2019, Mitchell hit 14 home runs in 104 games.
Hutchison, 25, a righthanded pitcher, was selected in the 2017 Major League Draft by the Seattle Mariners out of East Tennessee State University. He spent from 2017 to 2019 in the Mariners’ organization, reaching as high the Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League in 2018. In 2019, Hutchison pitched for the Modesto Nuts of the Class A California League.
The lefthanded Pearson, 24, signed as a free agent out of Texas State University in 2018 by the Texas Rangers. He was assigned that summer to the Rangers’ Arizona League rookie team. In 2019, Pearson pitched for the Cleburne Railroaders of the American Association.
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.
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.