California duo headed north

Katie Brickman
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Stinnett and Solomon to play for Miller Express

Two freshmen from California will be making their Western Major Baseball League debuts in Miller Express uniforms.

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Aiden Stinnett and Andrew Solomon are both at the University of San Diego (USD) and have committed to the Moose Jaw Miller Express for the 2014 season.

“They were recruited to a pretty high profile school, so we are expecting them to have a pretty good skill set and baseball IQ,” said Michael Hunt, head coach of the Express. “They are going to provide a lot of impact for us offensively and defensively.”

Stinnett is a six-foot-five, 195-pound corner infielder from Vista, Calif.

Before playing at USD, he was a high school first-team All-Avocado League selection and offensive player of the year.

“Aiden is a big, raw powerful kid that is going to be able to play some quality defence and it is going to be good to see him in a Miller uniform,” said Hunt. “He is a developing player with power who will provide a lot of offence in the middle of our order and has the ability to anchor either corner defensively.”

The coaches at USD are looking at Stinnett more at third base than first base, but “the ability to do both is an asset.”

Solomon is a six-foot-old, 200-pound Carlsbad, Calif. native that can play in the outfield and behind the plate.

“Andrew Solomon is going to be our secondary catcher. Him and Hank (Stewart) will split time,” said Hunt.

Solomon hit .300 as a senior in high school last year and as a junior, he was named the offensive player of the year, en route to leading his team to the CIF Championship, San Diego section.

“He is a switch hitter, which is always a nice look,” said Hunt. “He is as catch-and-throw guy and he can chuck it and play defence really well behind the dish and control the run game.”

The Express were able to recruit both of these players because of the connection they made with USD over the past couple of years as well as the assistant coach.

“Brad Marcelino and I played ball over in Europe with the British national team. Brad is a Southern California guy and he found himself at USD and thankfully he thought of me when he was looking to place guys,” stated Hunt. “Two years ago, we had Spencer Dunlop and Ben Wylly and last year we had Matt Kirk.

“As the years go on and we keep treating their guys well, they are going to keep sending us quality players.”

Solomon already has his flight booked for Saskatchewan and both should be here for the home opener on May 30 against Saskatoon at Ross Wells Park.

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