Another pair of Bancroft Bandits pitchers turn pro

Scott Ludwig

Bancroft Bandits are having a record-setting summer season in the Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League. Success at this level often leads to players turning professional and that has happened five times now in Bancroft.

Pitchers Hunter Robichaux, a senior from Bucknell University, and Ray Diaz of Marymount California University both inked their first professional deals today.

Robichaux will be joining the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League. Florence is sitting atop the league standings, but was seeking the pitching help after have three players recently sign with MLB organizations.

Suburban Detroit will be the destination for Diaz who signed with the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers of the United Shore Professional Baseball League. The USPBL is a four-team independent circuit established in 2016.

Bandits coach Michael Keeran, who has guided the Bandits to a 26-4 record, is thrilled on the promotions saying, “I’m just really excited for Hunter and Ray. They are very talented and will do a great job. The wins are great, but moving guys on to the next level and making an impact on another’s life is what it’s all about as a coach.”

With the departures of two pitchers also comes opportunity. Keeran is seeking interested players for the final two weeks of the PCBL season.

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