The Gold Coast Stars in the Bull Oceanic Winter League have announced their roster and lineups for the January start to the season, and they have managed to land some of the most talented players from both the Boston and California minor league organizations.
Right-hander Kyoshi Shintani was a first round draft pick for the California Tidals last June, after completing 75 innings with Melbourne U in the Pacific Rim College League earlier in 2017.
Shintani held a 4-5 record with Melbourne, but crafted an impressive 3.96 ERA in what was a high run-scoring league in its inaugural year. One of his best outings with a 2-hit shutout against Taipei Sports Academy, notching 10 strikeouts.
He was placed on the Short Season A roster with the Troy Titans, but did not get a chance to play before the end of the 2017 season. He is expected to break into the mid-rotation at the top-level at some point, within 3-4 seasons.
Another Titan made the cut for the Gold Coast development team, catcher Jason Moultrup, who had 22 home runs and 59 RBIs in 60 games at Chester A. Arthur School in the Can-Am College league and was a two-time player of the week earlier this season there. After also being picked in the first round by the Tidals, he was placed on the roster with Troy but played in just two games.
Boston minor leaguers are also expected to make an impact with Gold Coast, including Brawlers 3rd round pick in the June draft, Corazon Mesias, a 21-year-old Filipino catcher with a cannon arm and a potential for home run pop in his swing. With Seoul U he won a Great Glove Award at the backstop position, and was named to the All-Star game, finishing the year with a .277 average, 14 homers, 39 RBIs, and a .932 OPS.
Boston Brawlers GM Scott Ellis will manage the Stars, who open the BOWL season on January 8th against the Cairo Pharaohs.