Sonoma Stompers catcher Isaac Wenrich has become the fourth Stompers player this season to be moved up to a higher level of professional baseball, as the 25-year-old will report to the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League in Kentucky on Monday in advance of the Freedom's upcoming series beginning Tuesday. Wenrich follows in the footsteps of Fehlandt Lentini (Long Island Ducks - Atlantic League), Joel Carranza (Trois Rivieres Aigles - Can-Am Association) and Brennan Metzger (Gary SouthShore RailCats - American Association), who have all moved up to higher leagues already this season.
Wenrich becomes the eighth member of the Stompers organization so far to move up to a higher level, joining Jaime Del Valle, Jayce Ray, Scott Garner and former manager Ray Serrano who all moved up during or after Sonoma's inaugural season in 2014.
In his third year in the Pacific Association and his first with the Stompers, Wenrich had a tremendous season, hitting .296/.365/.481 with a team-best 10 home runs. He also had nine doubles and two triples while providing excellent defense behind the plate with both pitch framing and preventing base stealers.
In return for Wenrich, the Stompers will receive catcher Matt Rubino, who played baseball at the University of North Carolina and Francis Marion University during his collegiate career before appearing in eight games with the Freedom this season. He will arrive in time for Sonoma's series opener on Tuesday against the Pittsburg Diamonds, with the first pitch set for 6:05 p.m.
Tuesday's game features a promotion with the Sonoma Valley Holiday Program, as the Stompers will be accepting toys, stuffed animals and cash donations for the upcoming holiday season, with fans receiving a free general admission ticket in exchange for a donation.
Tickets begin at just $4 and can be purchased online at StompersBaseball.com or at the Stompers Fan Shop, located at 234 W. Napa St. in beautiful downtown Sonoma. Tickets can also be purchased at the gates at Arnold Field before any home game. For more information, call the Stompers at (707) 938-7277 or email the team at info@StompersBaseball.com.