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Marlins Anfernee Seymour, Born to Play the Game of Baseball

Marlins Anfernee Seymour, Born to Play the Game of Baseball.

Anfernee Seymour at 12 years old.

Anfernee’s Love for the Game.

In leagues with hundreds of kids there is always one who catches the coach’s eyes, one such kid  Anfernee Seymour.

The first day he got his uniform he ran around the park spelling the name on his baseball jersey.

“Jets, Jets, jets, J E T S”

We watched as Anfernee excel in the game of baseball and coaches took notice of him every weekend.

As the Freedom Farm Baseball League grew and its ball players started playing at higher level locally.

The league started to prepared its players for high school in the United States to play the game.

And every year players started to leave for high school in the USA and Canada right up to this day.

Todd Isaacs Jr, Lucius Fox Jr & Anfernee Seymour.

Anfernee left for American Heritage High School in Delray Beach Florida, a school where many Freedom Farm Baseball league players had attended, some of the last to attend American Heritage was three of the Farm’s most talented players, Anfernee Seymour, Todd Isaccs Jr. and Lucius Fox Jr. all now playing in the minor leagues of baseball.

For Anfernee being drafted in the 7th round by the Florida Marlin in the 2014 June MLB draft made him the highest Freedom Farm player to be drafted and the 2nd highest players from the Bahamas to be drafted behind Jervis Champ Stuart Jr. and the 4th to be drafted behind Antoan Richardson, Albert Cartwright Jr, and Sean Albury to be drafted from Freedom Farm Baseball League.

Anfernee went to the GCL Marlins of the Gulf Coast League joined the on team July 23rd 2014, played  26 games.

Top 30 Prospects and Excelling, Traded to the Braves:

Anfernee quickly became a Marlins top 30 prospect with the short season Batavia Muckdogs, and Single A Greensboro Grasshoppers.

When traded to the Atlanta Braves, Anfernee Seymour was the Marlins #7 top 30 prospect player.

Atlanta Braves traded LHP Hunter Cervenka to Miami Marlins for OF Anfernee Seymour and LHP Michael Mader.

Playing in a Braves top prospects rich system:

Playing in the Braves system loaded with top prospects, his prospect rating dropped, but he was still putting up the number expected of him.

The Braves promoted Seymour to (Advance A) Florida Fire Frogs of the Florida State League has a top 30 prospects.

Read what was written about Seymour (here).

Arizona Fall Baseball League 2017    

The Braves 2017 Arizona Fall League Players, loaded with Prospects

The Suspension and Release: 

Named to the Arizona Fall League, Anfernee Seymour was suspension for the last 10 games of the 2017 season,

He was also remove from of the” Fall League Roster” and this throw his career backwards from his steady progress he made.

That was making towards his goal of making it to the Major Leagues of Baseball.

With a 17 for 87 at the plate appearance for .195 average, on May 6th 2018 the Braves released Anfernee.

Sending shock waves amounts friends and players alike, it was like how could this have happen and everyone had questions.

Anfernee Seymour is a unique player; A leader and fears competitor on the Baseball Diamond.

Still a top 30 Braves prospect, Seymour started the 2018 season with a change of hitting coach his numbers dropped.

God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers

Anfrenee’s first game after resigning with the Marlins.

Resigned by the Miami Marlins and a chance to restart his baseball career after four days out of baseball.

On May 10th, in his first game back Anfernee took the first pitch he saw out of the ball park.

“That must have felt like 100 pounds must have dropped of his shoulders”.

Anfernee is currently in double A with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimps.

A Steady Minor League Career, He is looking to finish Strong.                              

Turning around his 2018 season with the Jupiter Hammerheads Photo by Tom Hagerty

Anfernee is looking to finish the year strong and have a short memory of his 5th minor league season.

In his strong minor league baseball career he has 406 hits in 410 games close to 1 hit per game.

Anfernee Seymour will be at the Don’t Blink 242 Home Run Derby on the beach in Nassau, Bahamas, we hope to see you all there.

                                                                  

 

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Jeff Francis

Office Assistant at Wynn Bahamas Ltd
Jeffrey was born on April 29th, 1961, in Nassau, Bahamas to Rejoiner Ann Rolle and Jerome James Francis Etienne.

Married to Andrea G. Rolle-Francis, they have two daughters; Janae Latoya Francis, a graduate of Allegany College of Maryland, and Jessica Lee Francis a graduate Potomac State College West Virginia University in Kyser West Virginia.

Jeffrey was coaching the sport of baseball from 1980 at the age of 18 years old because he loved the sport as a kid. He started listening to the game over the radio out of Miami Florida in the late 60s and in the early 70s started playing the game locally in various local leagues right up to the premier senior league; a league where all of the current Bahamian minor leaguers played.

In 1982, Jeffrey had an invite to a three day tryout with the New York Yankees in Hollywood Florida, which was an awesome experience that is lasting a life time memory for him.

Jeffrey has been following the Bahamian baseball players in the minor leagues since 1999 with Angelo Burrows, but found greater interest with the signing of Antoan Richardson in 2005. He also writes a year end review on their play on his Facebook page, Baseball Bahamas, and he has a website with the same name. He has a great following and would love to expose the baseball players to a bigger worldwide audience.

He has a good relationship with all the players because he personally coached most of them.

His favorite MLB Team is the Detroit Tigers from 1969.
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