Alton River Dragons
Alton River Dragons Logo.png
Information
LeagueProspect League (Western Conference - Prairie Land Division)
LocationAlton, Illinois
BallparkLloyd Hopkins Field
Year founded2020
OwnershipSteve Marso
ManagerDarrell Handelsman
Websitewww.altonbaseball.com

The Alton River Dragons are a collegiate summer baseball team located in Alton, Illinois. The Alton River Dragons were founded in 2020 and began play in 2021 as members of the Prospect League.

History

On January 29, 2020, the Prospect League of collegiate summer baseball announced that Alton, Illinois had been granted a franchise for the upcoming season.[1][2][3] Alton previously hosted a minor league team when the 1917 Alton Blues played as members of the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League.[4]

The Alton franchise owner was announced as Steve Marso, who owned previous franchises in summer collegiate baseball. Dallas Martz was hired as the Alton General Manager.[5][6]

The "River Dragons" moniker was announced for the Alton franchise on August 14, 2020. The name was chosen after a public submittal process.[2][5]

On November 12, 2020, the Alton River Dragons announced the hiring of Darrell Handelsman to manage the 2021 Alton team. The Alton franchise had previously hired Brock Moss to manage the first team, but Moss had since accepted a position at Texas A&M International University, making him unavailable to coach Alton in the summer.[7][8][9][10]

Stadium

The Alton River Dragons play at Lloyd Hopkins Field in Gordon Moore Park. Renovations were discussed for the ballpark in anticipation of the 2021 season. The ballpark had previously hosted the Bluff City Bombers of the Central Illinois Collegiate League. The ballpark is located at 98 Arnold Palmer Road, Cottage Hills, Illinois, 62018.[3][5][11]

Seasons

Season Manager Record Win % League Division GB Post-season record Post-season win % Post-season result Notes
2021 Darrell Handelsman 27–32 .458 11th 4th 10.5 0–0 .000 - Inaugural season
2022 Darrell Handelsman
Totals 27–32 .458 0–0 .000

Roster

Active roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • -- Hunter Callahan
  • 49 Tyler Fullman
  • -- Houston High
  • 20 Colton Huntt
  • 27 Justin Needles
  • 29 Drew Patterson
  • -- Drew Price
  • -- Brayden Ramsey
  • 23 Kalen Reardon
  •  8 Carson Richardson
  • 15 Matthew Romero
  • 14 Collin Salter
  •  6 Adam Stilts



 

Catchers

  • 25 Daniel Contreras
  • 36 Ben Gallaher
  • 10 Bryce Zupan

Infielders

  •  2 Noah Bush
  • -- Blake Guerin
  • 13 Marcus Heusohn
  •  7 Troy Johnson
  • -- Will McCall
  •  0 Gage Mestas
  • 19 Robby Taul

Outfielders

  • 46 Chris Andrews
  •  5 Blake Burris
  •  3 Mike Hampton
  • 24 Eddie King Jr.
  • 37 Alec Nigut
  •  4 Kurtis Reid
  •  1 Blake Stenger
  • -- Blake Vandiver
 

Manager

  •    Darrell Handelsman

Coaches

  •    Jarrod Brissenden (assistant)
  •    Butch Chapman (assistant)

Injury icon 2.svg
Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated June 21, 2022

References

  1. ^ "Prospect League Announces Expansion To Alton, Illinois for 2021". ProspectLeague.com (Press release). Prospect Collegiate Baseball LLC. January 29, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Feeney, Colin (August 8, 2020). "Alton Awarded Prospect League Baseball Franchise, Team Name Set To Be Revealed At Lloyd Hopkins Field Friday". RiverBender.com. Alton, Illinois.
  3. ^ a b "Alton to field new Prospect League baseball franchise". The Telegraph. Alton, Illinois. January 29, 2020.
  4. ^ "1917 Alton Blues Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com.
  5. ^ a b c Rhodes, Chris; Brannan, Dan (August 14, 2020). "New Prospect League Team Announces Name: It's The Alton River Dragons". RiverBender.com. Alton, Illinois.
  6. ^ "Alton River Dragons to Start Play in 2021". Alton Daily News. December 1, 2020. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020.
  7. ^ "River Dragons Hire Darrell Handelsman As Field Manager". ProspectLeague.com (Press release). Prospect Collegiate Baseball LLC. November 12, 2020.
  8. ^ "Alton River Dragons Name Brock Moss Inaugural Field Manager". ProspectLeague.com (Press release). Prospect Collegiate Baseball LLC. September 16, 2020.
  9. ^ "Moss Steps Down As River Dragons Manager". ProspectLeague.com (Press release). Prospect Collegiate Baseball LLC. November 2, 2020.
  10. ^ Hayes, Pete (November 13, 2020). "BASEBALL: Alton River Dragons manager brings experience, enthusiasm". The Telegraph. Alton, Illinois.
  11. ^ "Alton River Dragons". ProspectLeague.com. Prospect Collegiate Baseball LLC.