2012 Florida League 6 in 6
Over the next six days, the Florida League will take an in-depth look at all six of the league's teams. Beginning with the Sanford River Rats, "six in six" will take a look at key aspects of each team, including the top returning players to the Florida League, key players on each team and a look at each of the top-tier facilities each team will call home. The Florida League "six in six" is your hot spot for all the important information on all six of our teams.
Sanford River Rats
Head Coach: Stephen Piercefield
3rd Florida League Season (35-46 overall record)
2009 (Clermont Mavericks) & 2011 (Sanford River Rats) FCSL Champion
2011 Record: 16-22
General Manager: John Welton
2nd Florida League Season
Brett Allen: Junior, RHP (Embry-Riddle)
Ryan Woodrey: RS Sophomore, C (Nova Southeastern)
Alex Mendez: Junior, OF (South Florida)
Daniel Seeba: Junior, 2B (USC-Upstate)
Alex Mendez: Junior, OF (South Florida)
Sean Wilson: RS Junior, OF (High Point)
Jason Boyer: Senior, LHP (Florida Tech)
Jonathon Sisco: Senior, RHP (Middle Tennessee State)
Eddie Abramson: Freshman, RHP (Case Western)
While the River Rats do not have many returning players from their 2011 FCSL championship run, one player could hold the key to a much-desired repeat. Last summer, FCSL All Star Game Most Valuable Player, junior Alex Mendez (South Florida) played a pivotal role in the Rats run to the title. His collegiate season has been much of the same. Mendez is hitting .282 with 29 RBI and 34 runs scored for the Bulls thus far. Adding to the offense will be a pair of infielders. Daniel Seeba, who will head to USC-Upstate next year, sports an incredible .412 average with eight home runs this spring. Tack on the factor of speed (the second baseman has swiped 48 bags on the season) and Sanford has a star in the making. Sean Wilson, junior OF from High Point, could also provide a strong stick. Wilson is hitting .295 with 40 runs scored and 15 RBI. Taking the mound for the Rats will be several new faces including a pair of seniors. Jason Boyer (Florida Tech) has tallied a 7-3 record on the season, adding 78 strike outs in just 80 innings pitched. Middle Tennessee State senior Jonathon Sisco sports a 5-2 record with 42 Ks compared to just 29 free passes. Case Western freshman Eddie Abramson could also add some crucial innings. Abramson has pitched 43.2 innings this season en route to a 4-2 record. For the Rats, success is measured by repetition. A second title in as many years would be a great feeling for the fans in Sanford.
Sanford Memorial Stadium: Home of the River Rats.
Once again the River Rats will call the friendly confines of Sanford Memorial Stadium home. Located just south of Lake Monroe and less than a mile from Historic Downtown Sanford at 1201 Mellonville Ave., Sanford Memorial Stadium has been the home of the River Rats for all of their eight season with the FCSL. The ballpark features a fully operational concession stand and a total capacity at 2015. The dimensions of the park are 330 feet down the lines and 385 feet to center field.
June 7th - Opening Night
$10 Ale House Meal Deal -Ticket, Food and Dessert.
June 22nd - Pink at the Park
Proceeds to Support Susan O. Komen Foundation
June 30th - Bark at the Park
Proceeds to Support Banfield Charitable Trust.
July 5th - Military Appreciation
Free Entry for Military/Veterans.
Proceeds to Support Operation Giveback.
July 17th - All Star Game
$10 Ale House Meal Deal - Tick, Food & Dessert.
$5 Adult $3 - Youth & Seniors
August 1st - FCA Faith & Family Night
Post game devotional & message.
Every Wednesday Home Game - $1 Hotdogs & $1 Kayem Hotdogs
Every Thursday Home Game - Thirsty Thursday - $1 Yeungling Beers
Every Friday Home Game - Margarita Friday - $2 Margaritas
River Rats Social Media
The Sanford River Rats can be found online on facebook and twitter. Sanford Memorial Stadium also provides you the opportunity to check in online via Foursquare. Click on the links below to follow the River Rats online:
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