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Blake Gailen defies all odds, signs minor league deal with Dodgers

11 years, over 1,000 games, and over 3,700 at-bats. If Blake Gailen hasn’t seen it, done it or experienced it, I’d be very surprised.

The Atlantic League’s Lancaster Barnstormers announced that Gailen has signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, making this the fifth time he’s signed a contract with a MLB organization and third time within the state of California (LA Angels 2011/2015). Incredible!

In 2012, Gailen produced one of the greatest Indy seasons we’ve ever seen, ranking up there with Daniel Nava’s 2004 campaign with the Chico Outlaws of the Golden League.

 

Second time's a charm for Indy vet Darian Sandford

Back in 2012, Darian Sandford made history. In 2017, Sandford made history again becoming one of a handful of players who has signed a professional MLB contract for the second time out of Independent baseball. 

And don’t get me wrong, with the amount of information out there and the abilities of athletes in this day in age, it takes a lot to impress people. And that’s what Sandford’s done over and over again.

As a member of the Southern Illinois Miners and Washington WildThings, he stole 71 bases, a Frontier League Record (2012). The Chicago White Sox took notice and signed him to a minor league deal. Heck, how could you not?

Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 47th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Park University, this marked Sandford’s second stint in affiliated professional baseball. His first two seasons saw him spend time in the Arizona League and Rookie League where he put up good numbers, but nowhere near what he’s been doing the past few seasons.

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