The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have announced the signing of catcher, Charlie Valerio, for the 2019 season.
This Dominican Republic native was signed by the Indians as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2010 and has batted a career .270 with 116 doubles, ten triples, 54 home runs, 293 RBIs and 279 runs scored in 587 games.
Valerio enters his first season with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs after spending three years in the American Association playing for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. He joined the Redhawks in 2015 after splitting his time in 2014 between the Carolina Mudcats and Akron Aeros in the Cleveland Indians organization. Valerio makes his way to Southern Maryland after a successful year with the Redhawks, with 344 plate appearances in 82 games with 12 homeruns and 46 RBIs on the season.
“We are excited to have Valerio behind the plate this season,” said Blue Crabs Manager Stan Cliburn. “Charlie has put up some impressive and strong numbers in last couple of seasons in the American Association and we can’t wait to see what he does in Southern Maryland.”
The team opens the 2019 season on May 3rd at home against the Lancaster Barnstormers. To save your seat at the ballpark for the upcoming season and other team news, visit www.somdbluecrabs.com or call 301-638-9788.