* F. P. Santangelo was the first hero when triple-A ball returned to Ottawa in 1993 for the first time since 1954. Who will be the first Ottawa Champions fans embrace as independent ball returns for the first time since 2008? Will it be one of the first three acquisitions? ….
Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Ottawa makes first moves in franchise history
By Devon Teeple
The Ottawa Champions, one of the new franchises in the Can-Am League beginning play in 2015, made their first roster moves in club history.
Their singings include:
_ Outfielder Tim Alberts.
_ Infielder Ryan Lashley.
_ And right-handed pitcher Derrick Miramontes, according to The Ottawa Citizen.
All three players were acquired for cash.
Veteran outfielder, Alberts has played his entire career in the independent leagues.
He hit .214 with 3 home runs and 22 RBI splitting time between the Fort Worth Cats and Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks in 2014.
Lashley, still relatively young at 24, only has two years of professional baseball under his belt.
He spent his first year with the Normal Cornbelters. In 49 games, the undrafted infielder hit .241 with limited power in 49 games. 2014 was a different story.
Apparently a change of scenery can make all the difference. Lashely led United League baseball in hitting with a .369 average.
His 22 doubles, 45 RBIs and six home runs were all good for a first place ranking on the Cats.
Right-handed relief pitcher, Miramontes might be the steal of this coup of signings. In six seasons, all with independent affiliations, Miramontes has a career ERA under 3.00 (2.88).
Consistent year after year, 2014 was a career best. He posted a 1.57 ERA in 51 innings.
This season gave him the responsibility of closing games, something he hasn’t done with regularity since 2011.
He finished fourth in the league with 20 saves, and his 62 strikeouts, as a reliever, was good for fourth on the team.