RiverHawks draft two at league tryout
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May 10, 2006 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks drafted two prospects from the annual Frontier League tryout.

The RiverHawks drafted outfielder Brett Holmes and infielder Jake Bowen Monday, following the two-day tryout camp at Hawkinson Ford Field in Crestwood.

Holmes, their first-round pick, has rookie status in the Frontier League, but has played three seasons in the Pittsburgh organization. The Pirates drafted Holmes out of Auburn with their 20th-round pick in 2003. He hit .251 with four home runs and 21 RBI in three seasons in the organization. Holmes was 12-for-35 with two homers and three RBI in nine games at Class A Hickory last year.

RiverHawks manager J.D. Arndt said Holmes, 24, is a good corner outfielder.

“For him to come to a tryout camp after playing affiliated ball for three years is pretty impressive,” Arndt said. “Good kid, good makeup.”

Bowen, 25, has never played professional ball. The ‘Hawks took him in the second round.

“He has some good action as a shortstop,” Arndt said. Arndt said he plans to work Bowen at second and third base as well.

Opening Day at RiverHawks Stadium is 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, May 31. The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 10-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 14th season in 2006. Advertising, season-ticket and suite information is available by calling the box office at (815) 964-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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