DENMARK – Voorhees College class of 2018 graduate Angel Guerrero recently signed a professional baseball contract with the New York Bucks in the Empire League.
The Empire League is an independent professional baseball developmental organization established in 2015. The league operates with teams primarily out of the states of New Hampshire, New York, Puerto Rico and Maine. The league is considered a Rookie to Class A level of minor league baseball, which gives players like Guerrero, out of college, an educational pro experience.
It is a true opportunity for players to stay in shape and be provided with the chance at being signed to higher-level league contracts with affiliated or pro federation independent teams. The EPBL is a non- profit operation and is completely funded by all revenue streams such as advertisement sales, ticket sales, tryout revenue, donations, and private funding members.
Players signed to teams are compensated with housing, transportation and an expense stipend based on their classification no different than all independent professional baseball leagues or affiliated organizations.
Guerrero said he had a few ups in downs throughout his college baseball career and was not sure he would make it this far.
“I have overcome many obstacles and now that I am here, I will take this opportunity to work to get where I want to be in professional baseball. This is my new beginning,” Guerrero said.
He will be pitching for the New York Bucks.
Guerrero transferred to Voorhees in the fall of 2015 from Morris College with a baseball scholarship. He pitched for the Voorhees team while earning a bachelor’s degree in sports management.