RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Former Felician College baseball player D.J. Stinsman (Egg Harbor Township, NJ/Egg Harbor Township) recently signed a professional contract with the Roswell (N.M.) Invaders of the independent Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs.
Stinsman, a 23-year-old right-handed pitcher, played for Felician in 2012 after transferring from St. Andrews University. He went 5-5 with a 3.25 earned-run average and a .194 opponent batting average in 72 innings, helping the Golden Falcons to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference regular-season championship. On June 12, he was the winning pitcher in his professional debut for Roswell.
"I'm excited," Stinsman said. "This is a lot different than college baseball, but it's where I've wanted to be my whole life. An opportunity like this can open doors to keep going in baseball, but it can also open other doors to a career in coaching or scouting. Not many people can say they played pro ball, and now I can say I have."
The Pecos League is challenging for pitchers. According to the league's website, "the league's high-powered offenses are fueled by high altitudes and smaller ballparks." The average elevation of the six league cities is 4,870 feet.
"It's definitely a hitters' league," Stinsman said. "The first week I was here I think I saw more than 30 home runs; it's absolutely crazy. But it's still baseball, and I still have to give my team a chance to win every time I go out there. Tons of pitchers would love this chance."
Stinsman, a 2007 graduate of Egg Harbor Township High, is the ninth former Felician baseball player to sign a professional contract.
"Obviously we're very proud of and excited for D.J. – he's very deserving of this chance," said ninth-year Felician head coach Chris Langan. "He's a battler in baseball and in life, and getting to this point is a huge achievement. He's had experience in some tough collegiate summer leagues, and that will help him in pro ball."