December 11, 2009

Pack alum Fobes signs professional contract

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Jason Fobes (Longmont, Colo.), a 2009 all-American at CSU-Pueblo, became the latest in a long line of ThunderWolf baseball players to go professional, signing a pro contract with the Traverse City (Mich.) Beach Bums of the Frontier League.

Fobes becomes the second former-ThunderWolf to get a shot at Traverse City, which was the home of former Pack hurler Jeff Williams, who broke club records in saves at Traverse City and is now playing in the New York Yankees' organization.

"Jeff really opened up the door for [Fobes] at Traverse City and we're really excited that he'll get an opportunity to play professionally," CSU-Pueblo head coach Stan Sanchez said.  "When a pro club has a good experience with one of your guys, it opens up opportunities for your entire program."

Fobes, a 6-foot-1 180-pound left-hander, finished his college career in 2009 as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Academic Player of the Year and a NCAA DII First-Team All-American. The Longmont native hit an incredible .474 as a senior with 27 doubles, 3 triples, 7 home runs, and 76 RBI in 63 games. Fobes finished the season ranked in the top 100 in NCAA DII in 13 different offensive categories including two in the top ten - batting average (5th) and doubles (6th).

"Fobes is a nice addition to our roster," said Beach Bums Director of Baseball Operations Jason Wuerfel. "His college numbers speak for themselves. We're excited to get him into camp and see what he can do at the professional level."

Fobes becomes the seventh former ThunderWolf to be currently active on a professional baseball team.  He joins fellow independent leaguers Nick Enciso, Ryan Priddy and Mike Massaro, and minor-leaguers Joey Newby (Seattle Mariners), Williams (Yankees) and Tony Pechek (Milwaukee Brewers).