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The Players List
Welcome to the Players list. Click on their names below to access their Author page and read the Journey in their own words.
From A Players Eyes – Contributors
Cyle Figueroa – C/UTL
Cyle Figueroa born on January 10, 1992 and attended Lincoln High School in Tallahasse, FL. In 2016, he signed to play with the Vallejo Admirals, an Independent baseball team in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs in Northern California. Cyle is currently signed with the Eastside Diamond Hoppers in the United Shore League. He is the younger brother of Cole Figueroa, currently with the Pittsburgh Pirates and son of Bien Figueroa, who played with the St Louis Cardinals in 1992 and managed in the Oriole’s organization for 10 years.
Randy Fontanez II – RHP
Randy Fontanez II was born on May 18, 1989, in Orlando, Florida to parents Randy and Wilma Fontanez. As an only child to hardworking parents, he spent a lot of his childhood being raised by his Abuelito and Abuelita, better known as “Ito and Ita”. The time spent with Ito and Ita was his intro to his Puerto Rican heritage from the food, music and true pride of such a proud ethnicity. Part of his culture helped to grow a love for the game of baseball.
Baseball changed his life as he was blessed to receive a full ride scholarship to the University of South Florida. He was drafted in 2010 by the Cincinnati Reds, but decided to return to college and finish his education. In 2011, the New York Mets drafted Randy to start his pro career. He might have fallen short of making it to the majors, but he did play as high as Triple-A, while also representing Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and winning a silver medal in 2013. Randy’s competitive mindset on the field has taken him to the Real Estate market as he earned his license and works for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in his hometown. Randy and his beautiful fiancé Sarah will be married in October 2017.
If your in the Orlando, Florida area and looking for a home and someone that will give you the same attention he gave to his trade on the mound, you can click here to contact Randy.
Eddie Grimaldo – CF
Jesus Grimaldo was born November 8, 1991. He signed his first professional contract in 2015 with Santa Fe Fuego in the Pecos League, and after being released he joined Las Cruces Vaqueros that same season. The next year he was signed by Pericos de Puebla and played in the Liga Norte with Algodoneros de San Luis Rio Colorado. He was released by Puebla before the season ended and is currently a free agent. He believes god is guiding him, and many others, towards reaching his dream to play in the big leagues, while taking him in a unique route.
Bryan Hoover – SS
Bryan started playing baseball when he was 6 years old and started switch hitting when he turned 13. He graduated from Pike County High School in 1995 and signed with ABAC, later transferring to Gordon College where he played in 1996 at 19 years old. After one year of playing college baseball, he felt it was more important for him to serve God. God gave him a talent in music which he served Him with for the past 19 years. He founded and pastored The Avenue Church from 2010-2014. During 2014, he wanted to really get in great shape and be healthier. He began training and eating healthier while discovering Advocare which helped fuel his fitness and training as the desire to play baseball at an older age became very strong inside of him. In 2015, he began traveling the country going to tryouts. While in New York at his 10th tryout, he signed his first professional contract with the Explorers of the North Country Baseball League. He became a pro rookie at age 38!
Started 3B in 2015 and started LF in 2016 for the Explorers
2016 All-Star in the Empire Professional League
Aderlin Rodriguez – 3B
Aderlin Rodriguez was born on November 18, 1991 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He was signed by the New York Mets as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2008. He played six seasons in the Mets minor system before being released in 2015. He played in the Seattle Mariners system for half a season, before landing with the Baltimore Orioles. In 2016, Aderlin hit 26 home runs and drove in 93 RBI and was an All-Star for the Frederick Keys, Class A+ affiliate of the Orioles. The 2017 season finds Aderlin still chasing his dreams as he hopes to finally reach the major leagues.
Yeixon Ruiz – OF/INF
Yeixon Ruiz was born on March 19, 1991 and is a native of San Jose de Ocoa, Dominican Republic. In 2009, he signed a contract with the New York Mets and played in their minor league system from 2010 -2015, reaching as high as Double-A. He was released in March 2016 and signed a contract to play with the Trois-Rivieres Aigles, an Independent club in the Canadian-American Association. Yeixon is still pursuing his dream of playing in the majors as he shares that journey for Legends on Deck en Español in his native language of Spanish.
Jon Velasquez – Pitcher
Jon Velasquez was born on October 15, 1985 in Bronx, NY and played baseball at Harry Truman High School and Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fl before turning his attention to professional baseball. His journey has taken him from not knowing if he would be able to follow his dream of playing major league baseball, to being invited to Big League camp with the New York Mets. He has been blessed to be on great teams in professional ball including winter ball in Puerto Rico, while also winning championships. Jon has enjoyed eight successful seasons in pro ball and hard work has brought him much success during his inspiring journey.
David Wynn, II – Pitcher
David Wynn II was born on October 16, 1989 and is a native of San Diego, Ca. He was converted into a left handed pitcher at a young age and signed free agent contract in 2011 with the New York Mets. He played in their minor league system from 2012-2014. David has spent two years in the Independent Baseball Leagues as well as playing for San Sebastián in Puerto Rico. David believes that ‘What’s meant for you, is meant for you and no one can stop what God has in store for you.’
“Walking by faith and not by sight.”
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