Leighton Pangilinan played for the Philippines in the WBC Qualifiers and Corey Kimes starred at Illinois…
(Joliet, IL) – The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy announced a couple of signings on Wednesday as they continue to build their roster for the 2013 baseball season.
Left-handed hitting Leighton Pangilinan joins the squad to compete for a spot at first base, while southpaw Corey Kimes will compete for a spot in the starting rotation.
Pangilinan, 21, participated in the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers this fall for the Philippines. The Filipino squad’s efforts to make the tournament came up short, but they did upend Thailand by a score of 8-2 in the first qualifying game.
Pangilinan smacked a career high 22 doubles in 2012 with the Kannapolis Intimidators, the Single-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. He was a 40th round selection of the White Sox in 2009 out of Escalon High School in Escalon, California.
“We are excited to see what Leighton does for the Slammers this season,” manager Mike Breyman said. “We were looking for a big left handed hitter, and we feel that we have found a good young prospect to put in the middle of our lineup.”
Meanwhile the 22-year old Corey Kimes, a former star for the University of Illinois Fighting Illini, brings an undefeated record in affiliated ball to Joliet. The Ottawa, IL native went 5-0 in 2012 between the Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League and the Beloit Snappers of the Midwest League. In two seasons of affiliated baseball, Kimes has posted an impressive 3.25 ERA in 22 appearances including six starts. He was an 18th round selection of the Minnesota Twins in the 2011 MLB draft.
“Corey is the left handed starter we have been looking for since we started building this team in December,” Breyman said. “He wasn’t given the opportunity to start many games for the Twins organization, but he will definitely get the opportunity to win a spot in our rotation during Spring Training. We as a staff look forward to seeing what Corey will bring to the Slammers.”
Season tickets, loaded ticket packages and group outings for the 2013 season are available now by calling 815-722-2287. The Slammers Box Office is open in the off-season from 9-5, Monday-Friday. A complete 2013 schedule can be downloaded here.