The Bridgeport Bluefish today announced that open tryouts for the team will be held at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Sat., Apr. 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with a live on-field scrimmage following the tryout. There will be an administration fee of $85 to tryout, with select participants (elected by the coaches) having the great experience of being able to participate in a live game on the field at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard following the tryout. Previous success stories include pitcher Tim Gustafson, who attended the 2014 tryout, made team, and was named to the Atlantic League All-Star team that year. Gustafson eventually signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles the following offseason. Another is hurler David Anderson, who attended a Bluefish tryout last year and made the team. Anderson started seven games for the ’Fish in 2015, posting a 2.67 ERA in 40.1 innings pitched.
Position players should report to The Ballpark at Harbor Yard at 9:30 a.m. for registration, while pitchers report at 11:00 a.m. for registration. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. All participants must wear proper baseball attire to be eligible to tryout, should provide their career statistics, and must supply their own wooden bats and baseball gloves. In addition, all participants will be required to sign a release form before trying out for the team. Scrimmages will commence at 1:00 p.m.
Coaches and representatives from the Bluefish will be on hand to evaluate the players at the ballpark, including manager Luis Rodriguez and pitching coach Joe Winkelsas. A group of MLB-affiliated scouts will also be in attendance to evaluate all the prospects. The pro-tryout agenda includes:
• 60-yard dash• Pop Time (Catchers)
• Infielders/Outfielders – Defensive Drlls
• Pitcher Warmup
• Position Players Hit in Cage, Pitchers light bullpen (pre-scrimmage)
“This is a great opportunity for a player to come to the ballpark and show off his skills in hopes to play at this level,” said Paul Herrmann, Bluefish Senior Director of Baseball Operations and Public Relations. The level of play in the Atlantic League is roughly equivalent to the AAA minor leagues, and the Mexican League. “We’re looking forward to hopefully finding players from the tryout to invite to spring training and join our roster,” added Herrmann.
Anyone wishing to reserve a tryout spot is asked to contact by calling (203) 416-1715, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also CLICK HERE to download the registration form.