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BJ Murray Jr

BJ Murray assigned to the Chicago Cubs’ high-a affiliate

By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net
June 16, 2022

BJ Murray Jr. continues his progression in the Chicago Cubs organization.

The 22-year-old infielder was assigned to the club’s High-A affiliate, the South Bend Cubs, and saw immediate action on the field with the club.

Murray finished with a run and stolen base in the Cubs’ 5-4 loss to the Quad City River Bandits’ on June 14, the first in a six-game series. The Cubs are currently third in the Midwest League’s East Division at 30-28.

Murray began his 2022 season at the Low-A level with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Through 39 games with the club, he hit .305, slugged .461 with a .902 OPS, 39 hits, including three home runs, 11 doubles, 31 runs scored and 25 RBI.

Murray overcame a slow start in his first season at the Low-A level. But he became one of the club’s offensive leaders across all categories at the time of his new assignment.

 

He produced 11 multi-hit games, highlighted by a season-high 3-4 night with five RBI in his club’s 24-6 win over the Winston- Salem Red Sox. He previously earned Player of the Game honors when he finished 2-3 with a home run, double, an RBI, and three runs scored in the Pelicans’ 9-1 win over the Columbia Fireflies, on April 30.

 

Murray began his day with a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning. He also doubled in the fourth inning. He concluded May and began June with a six-game stretch against the Delmarva Shoebirds where he hit .529 and scored seven runs with two RBI. It also included four multi-hit games.

 

Murray was selected by the Cubs out of Florida Atlantic University with the 22nd pick in the 15th round, no. 454 overall in the 2021 MLB Draft. He spent his first season of professional baseball in the Arizona Complex League.

 

Through 16 ACL games, he hit .286, slugging .482 with a .826 OPS, 16 hits, including two home runs, three doubles, a triple, 12 runs scored an eight RBI.

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Bahamians sign professional baseball contracts

The Nassau Guardian
Reporter Simba French
(published January 17, 2022)

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Contract signing
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Neymour
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The Bahamas keeps turning heads with Major League Baseball (MLB) talent and this past Saturday was a testament to the hard work of local coaches as three Bahamians signed on the dotted line to join the MLB ranks through the minor league system as the international signing period began.
The number nine international prospect in this signing window, infielder Ryan Reckley, was the first Bahamian to sign on Saturday. The Max D Sports Academy product signed with the San Francisco Giants inside the Andros Ballroom at the Baha Mar Convention Center, Baha Mar Resort.
Hours later, I-Elite Academy products shortstop Cherif Neymour and outfielder Toby Simmons signed with the Miami Marlins at The Pantry at Balmoral.
Reckley brought the fanfare to the Andros Ballroom as he was flanked by his family, former coaches and friends at a black and orange themed event. He was all smiles when he signed on the dotted line, reportedly receiving a little over $2 million as a signing bonus.
“It has been a long road and I once was a shy young child who could barely utter words to becoming the young man you see before you today. My parents spent many years and sacrificed much to my development that I could not place a value on the investment… to my teammates and the San Francisco Giants for making this opportunity possible for me, I say thanks. I am extremely excited and motivated to help this organization win in any which way that I can,” Reckley said. “My expectations are high. I come into the organization and expect great things from myself. It is a process, but I hope to help them win.”

The 17-year-old thanked his family, friends, Freedom Farm and Max D for their support. A chair at the front was reserved for his mother, Patricia Reckley, who passed away late last year.

Reckley said he has been in touch with Antoan Richardson who is the first base coach for the Giants. They message each other, and Reckley said he is grateful for the support.

Making the trip to The Bahamas from the Giants organization were international scouting director Joe Salermo and Assistant Director of DR (Dominican Republic) Operations & International Crosschecker Felix Peguero.

“It has been a pleasure watching Reckley play for the last two and a half years,” Salermo said. “It has also been a pleasure watching some of the Bahamian players who are in the audience play the last couple years. The young generation that is coming up through The Bahamas – The Bahamas is a hotbed for baseball… The one common theme that all of our scouts came out of watching Reckley play was, ‘What a professional Ryan Reckley was on and off the field.’ That is a tribute to the Reckley family.”

Lucius Fox Jr. was the pacesetter among this new wave of baseball players from The Bahamas to sign with the Giants. He signed in 2015.

President of Max D Sports Greg Burrows Jr. spoke about Reckley’s work ethic.

“This is the second time that we have had a player in the top 10. I am very proud and I think that he is an example of what every player should try to do. One of my favorite stories about him is that his parents called me at 11 p.m. a night about two years ago as they were trying to get him to stop working out. The work ethic of this kid is going to set him apart from other kids,” Burrows said.

He added that Reckley is committed to growing the baseball industry in The Bahamas.

For Neymour, the sport is in his blood, having grown up around the softball park where his mother played and then later with other family members playing.

“Baseball and softball is a generational sport in my family,” Neymour said. “It was not until I was 10 years old that I realize that this is what I loved to play and I wanted to become a professional baseball player… I was 10 years old when I started to play at Freedom Farm. It was after my first game that I knew that is a sport that I love and a sport I wanted to do for the rest of my life. To the Marlins, I want to say thank you for taking this chance on me and giving me this opportunity to represent this organization. I will continue to work hard to represent you to the best of my God-given ability.”

Neymour thanked his support system for being with him every step of the way, especially his family members and coaches at I-Elite and Freedom Farm.

Simmons thanked the Marlins for giving him the opportunity to live out his dream. He thanked his family and friends for being there for him throughout the journey.

Marlins international scout Adrian Puig said that they are happy to sign the two players.

“Congrats on your very special day. There is no need to thank us because it has been a very mutual beneficial relationship. I believe that this is only the beginning of baseball in The Bahamas. It is growing and growing fast and will keep doing so. We are excited to have these two dynamic, athletic and exciting players now officially with the Marlins. It is no secret and we are going to come back here and try to be here every single year on signing day,” Puig said.

I-Elite Co-Founder Geron Sands was on hand to speak about Neymour’s and Simmons’ time with the program.

“Toby is electric, powerful and brings it every day. He would run through a wall for you and do what he has to do to catch that fly ball or get on base. He will try to get home and dive. He works hard… he is a machine. Cherif is a shortstop and those guys have to watch out because I believe that he is going to be a starting shortstop and hopefully it is with the Marlins. He is going to play for some team someday in the big leagues and I believe with both of these guys hard work and efforts they put out there, nothing but success and good things are going to come from it.”

Sands reminded them that this step is just the beginning and they have to work their way to the top, which is the big leagues.

I-Elite Co-Founder Albert Cartwright said that they are comfortable with having both Neymour and Simmons sign with the Marlins.

“I think we put them in the right situation with the Marlins who invest their time and energy into Bahamians. I feel that we are in a comfortable position where these guys can go off and try to get to the big leagues like Jazz and some of the guys here,” Cartwright said.

The Marlins connections with The Bahamas goes back eight years when Anfernee Seymour was drafted by them in 2014. Ian Lewis signed with the Marlins in 2019 and Jasrado ‘Jazz’ Chisholm was traded to the Marlins in 2019 before being called to play in the majors in 2020. He is a starting infielder with the Marlins and had a strong rookie season. The Marlins also signed Andre Arthur (2020) and Steven Adderley (2021).

There is another signing this evening and possibly others during this signing period.
BJ Murray

Offering Training Programs in the

Bahamas

Let the federation help start your career in baseball. We are a sports organization in the Bahamas offering baseball training programs and promoting top-notch sports players. The Bahamas Baseball Association was founded in 1954 by three American sailors and was officially formed in 1956 by four Bahamians.
The Bahamas has produced many professional baseball players who played at the Major League Baseball (MLB) level. The federation can provide you with valuable information about baseball and learn where to attend the best colleges.

Our Federation’s Growth and Development

Over the past decade, youth baseball has undoubtedly become the fastest-growing sport in the Bahamas. There has been an overwhelming passion and interest from Bahamian young players and tremendous support from their parents and supporters. This success is primarily attributed to the rebirth of the federation, bringing a more competitive and structured environment among the various leagues and its participants through many opportunities, such as showcases, clinics, and travel opportunities to international tournaments.

In 2018, the federation embarked on an initiative called “Education Through Baseball,” a program which enables young men to improve their baseball skills and raise their academic performance. This program has benefitted over 300 young men with US high school and college scholarship opportunities.
Wade Weinburger

Our Goal

Our Goal: “The more young men we get into the US baseball system, the more opportunities to get another Major Leaguer.”

Our Vision

Our Vision: “The vision of the the federation membership in the next five years is to have a minimum of 20 players within the professional baseball ranks. This plan would be a major accomplishment for the various youth development programs and, more importantly, the country. This level of success will continue to restore the prominence of baseball once witnessed in the country.”

The recent success of baseball and the benefits seen through the federation’s membership leagues, other leagues and programs have commenced in the inner-city of New Providence. The Ed Armbrister Baseball League (named after a former Bahamian Major Leaguer) is the most recent baseball program to emerge in the Bahamas, is filling the gap in the baseball during the hot summer months.
Dominique Collie

Education Assistance

The federation motto is: “Higher education through the sport of baseball.” The federation and its membership view this aspect of growth and development in baseball as its greatest accomplishment.

In 2003, there were less than 10 Bahamian young men benefiting from baseball scholarship assistance. Over a 9-year period through 2012, over 300 young men have received education or are in US private high school or college system on baseball scholarships. In August 2012, the federation assisted another group of 20 to 30 young men to benefit from this opportunity. The federation’s educational program is on-going and will remain the number one concentration within its development plan.

PLAYERS 2021 AWARDS PRESENTATION

Wade Weinburger

Wade Weinburger Jr.

Outstanding 2021 Season Award
NAIA College Baseball

Yeshua Saint

Yeshua Saint

Outstanding 2021 Season Award
NAIA College Baseball

Dominique Collie

Dominique Collie Jr.

Outstanding 2021 Season Award
NAIA & D2 College Baseball

BJ Murray

B.J Murray

Outstanding 2021 Season Award
D1 College Baseball

B.J. Became the 100th draft pick in FAU baseball program history when he came off the draft board at #454. The 3rd year sophomore and Bahamian-born infielder, Murray’s accomplishments included: All-Conference USA 2nd Team member; he started all 57 games in 2021 season at FAU, batting .317 with an FAU-high 14 home runs (4th in Conference C USA), 52 runs batted in (2nd on FAU team and 12th in C-USA). He finished 5th in the C-USA with 41 walks and 8th in slugging percentage at 584; both stats led his FAU Owls.

Ian Lewis

Ian Lewis

Most Outstanding Minor Leaguer (Miami Marlins)
2021 Baseball Season
Base hits – 50
Runs scored – 65
Ratings: Field – 50, Power – 40, Arm – 55

Ian’s biggest asset is his speed. The 18-year-old is one the fastest players in the Marlins organization, making him an easy base-stealing threat which also allows him to easily field his position at shortstop.

Antoan Richardson with Other Player

Crystal Award to Antoan Richardson

He became the 1st Bahamian to coach in Major League Baseball (MLB)

On December 23, 2019, Antoan was named 1st base coach of the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants reached the National League division championship against the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Antoan also played with New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves.

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