The Southern Illinois Miners announce that they have signed all-star infielder Bryant Flete for the upcoming 2020 season, bringing back a big piece of their 2019 lineup after a short stint in the Cincinnati Reds organization.
The Venezuela native joined the Miners’ active roster in late May and tore up the Frontier League almost immediately as a fixture in the leadoff spot of the Southern Illinois lineup. In only 37 games, Flete hit an incredible .360 as a Miner with 54 hits, 30 runs scored, and 22 walks for an on-base percentage of .445.
He was voted as the starting shortstop for the 2019 Frontier League vs Can-Am League All-Star Game in New York, and was leading the circuit in batting average and on-base percentage while ranking second in total hits when he was picked up by the Reds on July 4, finishing out the season by splitting time between Double-A Chattanooga and A-Advanced Daytona over 40 total games.
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“Bryant really gave us an impact, top-of-the-order bat last season,” Miners manager Mike Pinto said. “He just finds ways to get on base and impact a game. We are very happy to be able to add him to a strong core of returning players for next year.”
-- Miners Media Services