THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2005
Frontz, Jamieson and Nagy Sign Major-League Contracts
June 16, 2005
JACSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior catcher Alex Jamieson (Sarasota, Fla.), senior RHP Brett Nagy (Jacksonville/Bolles/FCCJ) and junior RHP Neal Frontz (Jacksonville/Trinity Christian/Florida JC) have each signed major league contracts. Frontz, the lone Dolphin selected in the MLB First-Year Draft, will forgo his senior season to turn professional. It marked the first time three Dolphins signed major league contracts in one year since Chad Oliva (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), B.J. Weed (Maybrook, N.Y.) and Bryan Williams (Winter Park, Fla.) inked after the 2002 season.
Frontz, a 24th-round selection by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, reported for the final two days of extended-Spring Training in Ft. Lauderdale and will now join the Hudson Valley Renegades for short `A' season in New York. The Renegades, who play in the New York-Penn League, will begin their season on June 21. Frontz became the second Dolphin to be selected by the Devil Rays in consecutive years after RHP Chris Kelly (Sarasota, Fla.) was chosen in 2004.
Jamieson, who signed as a rookie free agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, also reported for the final two days of extended-Spring Training in Ft. Lauderdale. He will also join the Hudson Valley Renegades with Frontz.
Nagy also signed as a rookie free agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He will join the Princeton Devil Rays in West Virginia. Princeton, which is the Rookie affiliate of the Devil Rays, is a member of the Appalachian League and also begins its season on June 21.
"I'm happy these guys are getting the opportunity to continue their careers," JU head coach Terry Alexander said. "It's unique to have all three players sign with the same organization, but playing together will help make the transition to the next level easier."