Following the Pacific Association tryout and draft, the Vallejo Admirals have extended 2018 spring training invitations to Brandon Fischer, Ryan Mordecai, and Michael Pope. Fischer, Mordecai and Pope were all selected by the Admirals on Saturday, following the league-wide tryout session at Albert Park in San Rafael.
“We are excited to invite these three young men to spring training,” said Admirals assistant general manager Matt Snyder, “and look forward to their competing for spots on our 2018 roster.”
Fischer, a middle infielder and a native of Long Island, N.Y., appeared in 17 games for the Ottawa Champions of the Can-Am League during the 2017 season. Fischer played his collegiate baseball at St. Thomas Aquinas College, an NCAA Division II institution in Sparkill, N.Y., adjacent to the Hudson River.
Mordecai, who attended the tryout as both an outfielder and a pitcher, comes to the Admirals from SUNY at Old Westbury, an NCAA Division III school on Long Island. The Patterson, N.Y. native made previous collegiate stops at both Delaware State and Westchester Community College. Mordecai, in a style befitting current professional baseball trends, will attend the Admirals’ spring training session as both a pitcher and a position player.
Pope, a right-handed pitcher and native of Walnut Creek, joins the Admirals from nearby Cal State East Bay. The former baseball and football standout at Walnut Creek’s Las Lomas High School featured as the Pioneers’ Friday starter in 2015, his senior season. Pope earned All-CCAA honors at the Division II school in Hayward, whose best-known baseball product is Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.
The Admirals are preparing to defend their Pacific Association championship, and have announced the release of the club’s 2018 promotional calendar. Individual tickets to 2018 Admirals games at Wilson Park are now available, and the purchasing process is simpler than ever before. Guests are invited to point their browsers or mobile devices to the Admirals’ tickets perma-link, bit.ly/admiralstickets, and may also click “Buy Tickets” from the vallejoadmirals.com “Tickets” menu. Special rates for groups are available all season long.
In the spirit of “All Community, All Fun,” the Admirals are lining up another schedule of promotions and special events, tailored to appeal to baseball newcomers and diehards alike. On Opening Night, Thursday, May 31, the Admirals hoist their championship banner at Wilson Park, and host the season’s first contest against the Pittsburg Diamonds.
Having helmed the Admirals to a 2017 league crown, P.J. Phillips, the incumbent Pacific Association Co-Manager of the Year, is back to guide the ballclub in its attempt to repeat. “I am happy to be back,” says Phillips, “and excited to get to work to win another championship.”
Individual tickets, season tickets, and group packages of various sizes are all available through the Admirals office at 444 Georgia St., adjacent to Sonoma Blvd. in the heart of downtown Vallejo. The club can also be reached at (707) 641-1111, and through their Web site, www.vallejoadmirals.com, which is regularly updated with new content.