Walton and Leicester Both to Return for 2016
With Walton and Leicester now signed, Southern Maryland has a total of six returners from the 2015 squad.
Jon Leicester returns to Southern Maryland for the second consecutive year. Leicester, 37, is currently the oldest player on the 2016 roster. The Mariposa, California native was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round of the 2000 MLB Draft out of the University of Memphis. He went on to pitch at the Major League level for a combined three season with the Cubs and the Orioles. In 2015, Leicester was picked up from the Mexican League in May of last season and went on to go 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA before his contract was sold back to Mexico. He returned late in second half and picked up the victory in game three of the Freedom Division series against Lancaster in a stellar pitching performance.
Fresh off his all-star appearance from 2015, outfielder Jamar Walton returns to Southern Maryland for the third consecutive season. An Emporia, Virginia native, Walton hit .277 with 3 homeruns, and 44 runs batted in. He was versatile in the field, having started all three outfield positions last season. Walton, 30, was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 4th round of the 2004 MLB Draft, and went on to spend seven seasons in the Marlins, Royals, and Nationals organizations.
“These are two important signing to the formation of our team,” said Blue Crabs Manager Jeremy Owens. “Leicester brought foundation on the mound and in the clubhouse. Walton is coming off a stellar year in 2015 and can play all three outfield positions. I’m looking forward to having both guys back.”