ORONO – Nick Sinacola is now a member of the Giants, Alex McKenney just signed a free-agent deal with the Phillies. With the most recent departures, Maine baseball added to its tally of former Black Bears in the minors.
Including McKenney and Sinacola, Maine now has six former Black Bears currently playing pro ball, four of which went by way of the Major League Baseball Draft.
Here is the most up-to-date stock report of Black Bears in the pros:
Alex McKenney – 2021 free agent signing – Philadelphia Phillies organization
Nick Sinacola – 2021 7th round pick – San Francisco Giants organization
Justin Courtney – 2021 free agent signing – Los Angeles Angels, Low-A
Cody Laweryson – 2019 14th round pick – Minnesota Twins, High-A
Chris Bec – 2019 5th round pick – Toronto Blue Jays, Double-A
Jeremy Peña – 2019 3rd round pick – Houston Astros, Triple -A
Since Head Coach Nick Derba’s first season in 2017, Maine has seen at least one of its top players or alumni make the jump to the next level, excluding 2020.
With the most recent two leaving after their junior seasons, Derba said as much as he’d like to have them back, losing Sinacola and McKenney is the best move for them, and ultimately, Maine baseball as a whole.
“This is where we gotta be. We have to be turning out our top two players, our top five players every single year to get back to the national stage,” Derba said. “If we’re not doing that, we’re not in the national stage.”