The Long Island Ducks have signed ex-Major Leaguer outfielder Boog Powel for the upcoming 2023 Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) season, today the team announced.
Powell spent time in the Major Leagues with the Seattle Mariners (2017) and Oakland Athletics (2017-18). In 59 MLB tilts, he hit .262 with three home runs, 12 RBI, 27 runs, 37 hits, six doubles, one triple and a .333 on-base percentage.
The 30-year-old has played in the ALPB in each of the past two seasons. With the Lexington Legends in 2022, he posted a .312 batting average with nine home runs, 32 RBI, 58 runs, 79 hits, 13 doubles, two triples, 19 stolen bases and a .901 OPS in 70 games.
Powel, no relation to the legendary Boog Powel of the Baltimore Orioles, spent part of the 2021 season with the Ducks after beginning the year with the Gastonia Honey Hunters.
The Orange Coast College alum combined to pace the league with 34 doubles while also finishing Top 5 in stolen bases (2nd, 35), batting (3rd, .342), hits (4th, 129), triples (4th, 5), runs (5th, 96), extra-base hits (5th, 49) and on-base percentage (5th, .440).
Powell is chomping at the bit to return to Fairfield Properties Ballpark, and said Long Island is looking like it is putting together a formidable club.
“I’m so excited to be back on Long Island,” Powell said LIDucks.com. “It has, by far, the best fan base and atmosphere in the Atlantic League, and I cannot wait to roam the outfield there. This team is turning out to be what looks like a fantastic group of guys. Hopefully we can bring a championship to Long Island.”
The ALPB named Powell to the Red, White and Blue All-Defensive Team after committing just three errors in the outfield in 2021. During the playoffs, he led all Ducks players in runs (9), tied for the team lead in homers (2) and walks (7) and finished second in total bases (14), stolen bases (2) and OPS (.979).
“My goals this year are to go out and give 100 percent every time I step on the field, learn from and give advice to my teammates, and to be the player my dad would want me to be,” added Powell who the Athletics selected in the 20th round of the 2012 Amateur Draft.
— Jerry Del Priore
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