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DLPB Award Winners

2016 Award Winners

Desert League MVP

Elijah Briseno, Yuma Maple Leafs – hit .383 as a leadoff hitter and helped lead the Leafs to the championship

Rookie of the Year

Abraham Arias, Imperial County Ghost Riders – first baseman was chosen by the league managers as the best first-year pro

Most Outstanding Pitcher

Marty Anderson, Imperial Ghost Riders – 39 IP: 1.55 ERA, 52 K’s

Manager of the Year

Scott Nathanson, Yuma Maple Leafs

Stolen Bases Winner

Demetrius Moorer, Somerton Caneros – Point Park University standout led the league with 19, one more than teammate James Wong

Desert League Slugger

Joe Duffin, Imperial County Ghost Riders


Scott “Nate” Nathanson Named Coach

Desert League Baseball, Scott "Nate" NathansonNate has coached at the High School and College levels as well as coached and managed at the Professional level.  Nate has served as Director of Player Personnel with the New York State League and served as an instructor at multiple camps across the country sharing his knowledge with players of all ages.

Some of Nathanson’s stops include time in the CanAm League, Northeast League,  Myrtle Beach Winter League, Texas Summer League,  New York State League, Westchester Community College,  Futures Collegiate Baseball League,  Empire State League,  Fordham University,  DeWitt Clinton High School, and at the Hudson Valley Team of the Empire State Games.  In addition to his plethora of experience, Nathanson has also had a great amount of success helping players move up the baseball ladder.  In 2014, Nate managed the Mansfield Aces to the Texas Summer League Championship and 10 of his 14 players signed professional contracts.

 Additionally, two of his former players made it to the Major Leagues in 2014. Left Handed Pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser played for the Tampa Bay Rays.  Joe Panik was the starting Second Baseman for the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.

Statesmen Sign Catcher Villaescusa

Ivan Villaescusa, who played in the Angels organization for three seasons, has signed with Somerton Statesmen to be their catcher this upcoming season. The San Luis Rio Colorado native played in the California League before switching to the Mexican League where he played at the AAA level with Mexico City and Tabasco. Ivan also has experience playing in the United and Golden independent leagues.

antonio-villaescusa-yaquis-cd-obregon-beisbol-superhit-1978-13399-MLM74284250_8105-FHis father, Antonio, will serve as the bench coach for the Statesmen. A former shortstop in the Mexican League, Antonio played 10 years at the AAA level in Mexico and was an all-star twice. He finished with 162 stolen bases in 253 tries and a career .272 batting average. Both will be reporting September 15 in Chandler, Arizona for Training Camp.

Snyder Named Director of League Development

thumb_1937090_1086903172016_1233267_n_1024Gary Snyder, Jr. of Yuma, Arizona has been named Director of League Development and Manager of the newest franchise in the Desert League-the Somerton Statesmen.

Snyder has played for Los Mochis Caneros, San Luis Algodoneros, Aqua Prieta Vaqueros, Chary of the Liga Clemente Grijalva, the Arizona Winter League, extended rookie spring training with the Chicago Cubs, Mexicali Azules, Sonoyita Diablos, Veracruz and Cozumel.  

“His extensive career in Mexico-in a variety of leagues-allows our league to provide players to many, many teams and leagues throughout Mexico,” Director of Marketing John Guy stated.  With dual citizenship and bilingual in both languages, Snyder brings outstanding playing and business savvy to the new independent league.

Gary runs his own baseball academy in Yuma County when not playing on weekends for professional teams.  He is currently a teammate of 16-year major league veteran Kyle Farnsworth and Triple A veteran Corey Wimberley in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora.  He is currently playing in Sinaloa with ex-major leaguers Ricardo Rincon and Esteban Loaiza-a two-time MLB All-Star.