Luong Cahn, the prospect slugger first baseman drafted in a year ago last June by the New York Dragons, will lead a team that includes both Calgary and New York minor leaguers into next year’s Bull Oceanic Winter League for the Cairo Pharaohs.
Cahn had shown some pop in his bat earlier this year with the New York rookie-level team in the former Florida Rookie League, batting .307/.369/.502 with 12 homers and 33 RBIs, including two Grand Slams in 3 games, one of them a clutch 12th inning walk-off.
He was tried out at nearly every level briefly this year, finding his best success with AA-level Sacramento, but still struggling to bring his strikeouts under control.
Speedy second baseman Lance Blankenship was also picked for the Cairo developmental squad for the winter league. A 16th round pick for New York last June, he stole 13 bases for Fraser Valley U in the Can-Am College league, and scored 31 runs in 60 games. After the draft, he played 47 games in Short Season A-level where he kept up the base stealing and run scoring pace.
Langley, BC’s Todd Lummis, Jr., a 21-year-old left-hander for Calgary’s AA-level Hussar Barbers, will feature in the rotation for Cairo. If he develops on his current track he will be a welcome addition to the Inferno roster in as early as the fall of 2018, should he be given the chance during roster expansion Lummis, who throws a fastball in the 100 mph range, had 107 K’s over 93.2 innings and an impressive 2.02 ERA, crafting a 7-5 record in 17 starts.
His efforts this year won him recognition as the pitcher of the month for June, and was 2nd in voting for Pitcher of the Year.
Dragons’ GM Alex Sanderson will manage the Cairo team for the duration of the winter ball schedule.