Alex Bardeguez Competing at GBL Arizona Winter League
YUMA, Ariz. -- Former Northridge infielder Alex Bardeguez is continuing his baseball career this week at the GBL Arizona Winter League. The New York native is one of 150 hopefuls at the event, which promises 30 Golden Baseball League contracts at its conclusion to top performers.
The event is in its second year and is already a raging success. Interest was so abundant that the league, originally conceived as a four-team league, was expanded to six teams for 2008. Bardeguez is one of 150 players of varying levels of experience to come out for the 19-game season.
This week has been devoted to a spring training session, after which, the players will be divided into six teams. After 19 games, 30 GBL contracts will be offered to the league's brightest performers. In 2007, 51 of 88 players were offered a contract to play some level of professional baseball, including the Northern League, the United League, the American Association, the South Coast League, the Continental League, and the Liga Norte Sonora of Mexico, all in addition to those that went on to play in the GBL.
Three players also received contracts from Major League teams. The San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, and Kansas City Royals each found gems at the Arizona Winter League.
Bardeguez, who completed his Northridge career in 2007, was excited for the opportunity to compete for a professional contract. In his three years with the Matadors, Bardeguez displayed the ability to field multiple infield positions and hit for average and into the outfield gaps, and run the bases well. He was also one of the Matadors top Student-Athletes in his time at Northridge.
Spring training started on January 28th and runs through Friday, when teams will be selected. The season will conclude on February 29th, after which the guaranteed contracts will be offered.