Ice Burg

Sitting in the stands of a hockey rink as a scout, Josh Burgmann says he’s really happy with how life has turned out.

It’s a far cry from his days as a baseball player, rising through the ranks with Vauxhall Academy, the University of Washington and being a Chicago Cubs draft pick.

Now the head scout and director of player personnel of the Nanaimo Clippers, Burgmann reflects on his time in baseball with no regrets.

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Rocket Man

He bears little resemblance to Roger Clemens, but you can go ahead and call David Reiniger “Rocket Man.”

While he won’t blow anyone away with a 98 mile-per-hour fastball, Reiniger has something much faster at his fingertips. He literally has rockets at his disposal.

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2019 MLB Draft Review

The 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft took place from June 3-5 and we have a summary of players with Alberta ties who were selected over the three-day event.

Some of the players chosen in the draft moved here to attend one of the province’s baseball academies, others were born and raised here, while others became familiar faces through the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL).

We also took note of players who are related to some well-known players who made their way to Alberta to play with one of our minor-league affiliates decades ago.

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Alberta Dugout Digest – April 23rd Edition

It’s time once again to check in on the best hitters and pitchers from our province who have traveled south to play college baseball in the United States. 

In this edition of Alberta Dugout Digest, we explore the batters who excel at cranking out home runs, triples, and runs batted in (RBI), along with the leaders in slugging percentage and batting average. 

We also examine the pitchers who have done the best job of preventing home runs, the strikeout leaders, the win collectors, the earned-run average (ERA) masters, and those hurlers who are great at keeping hits to a minimum.

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The Ace is Dealing

If you can’t find Josh Burgmann at the ballpark, check the casinos because he is dealing this season.

The 6-foot tall, 205-pound sophomore pitcher from British Columbia has put together a stellar campaign thus far for the University of Washington Huskies of the Pac-12 Conference.

Over seven starts, the righthander has hurled 46.2 innings, racked up 59 strikeouts, picked up three wins and posted an earned-run average of just 1.54. Not a bad stat line for the graduate of the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball, who recently recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts against Oregon State.

Burgmann was kind enough to make time for Alberta Dugout Stories recently.

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