Winnipeg, Manitoba – Former UMBC catcher Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) has signed a pro contract with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association, an independent baseball league. Dolshun becomes the second Retriever to sign a pro contract in the past month, joining Michael Austin who is in the Kansas City Royals organization playing for the AZL Royals.
"Congratulations to Hunter on signing a pro contract. He was an outstanding college player who deserves this opportunity to play professional baseball," head coach Bob Mumma said on Wednesday. "We wish him the best of luck in Canada and expect to see great things from him. The team is lucky to have a guy like Hunter on the team."
Dolshun finished his stellar career with the Retrievers batting .319 with 208 hits, 119 runs scored and 26 home runs. His best season came in 2016 where he hit .345 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI.
During the course of his career, Dolshun was named to the America East All-Rookie Team, All-Conference Second Team and All-Conference First Team twice as well as the ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region Second Team. This past year he was named to the America East All-Tournament Team, earning Tournament Most Outstanding Player as UMBC won their first America East title in May.
About the Winnipeg Goldeyes:
Started in 1994 as a part of the Northern League, the Winnipeg Goldeyes brought baseball back to Manitoba replacing the Rochester Aces in the league. The team won the league title in their first season in the league. The Goldeyes moved to the American Association in 2011 after the Northern League disbanded, and would win a title the very next year, sweeping the field and becoming the first and still only team in the league to do so.