The Albany Dutchmen announced this week re-signed outfielder Sean Aspinall, left-handed pitcher Chris Amorosi, and utility-man Jack Wietlispach for the 2015 season.

Aspinall will be a sophomore at Azuza Pacific University in California. He was the 2014 Dutchmen Player of the Year, and led the team with a .336 batting average.

Sean Aspinall (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
Amorosi, a local product from Schenectady, NY will be a sophomore at Siena College. Last season he posted a 2.76 ERA in 16.1 innings pitched for the Dutchmen.

Chris Amorosi in 2014 with the Dutchmen (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
Journeyman Jack Wietlispach returns for his third tour with the Dutchmen having been a member of the 2012 and 2013 squads. Wietlispach will be playing for Robert Morris University in Chicago this spring.

Jack Wietlispach in 2013 with the Dutchmen (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
 All three players will have huge roles for the Dutchmen in the 2015 campaign.

It was also announced the former Dutchmen Chris Bianchi (2013) had his contract with the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers. After playing for Trinity University in Texas, Bianchi joined the Kansas City T-Bones last season.

Bianchi playing for the Albany Dutchmen in 2013 (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Even with a foot of snow on the ground and sub-zero temperatures outside, there is a feeling that baseball season is right around the corner.

Today, I decided to head to Barnes & Nobles to pick up this years copy of the Sporting News Baseball Yearbook. As I flipped through the magazine I came to the Miami Marlins preview and noticed that Michael Mader was ranked the 9th best prospect in the Marlins organization according to their writers.

The Sporting News - Baseball Yearbook 2015

Last season I did a piece about Mader called Michael Mader, Charting A Course To The Major Leagues, describing the 20 year old's first season of professional baseball. So it was pretty cool to see his name mentioned in the Sporting News on a list of " top prospects."

Mader pitching for the Batavia Muckdogs in 2014 (Photo Credit: Greg Bessette)

Over the course of the fall and winter I've talked to Michael about the upcoming season and while he hasn't yet to be assigned to a Marlins affiliate their is a sense that he may be heading to Jupiter in the Florida State League.

Regardless of where he ends up it will be another step towards the major leagues. 

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