The Evansville Otters landed a prime piece of their 2014 puzzle when they re-signed Frontier League All-Star outfielder John Schultz to a contract extension on Friday.
After playing two seasons in the Florida/Miami Marlins’ organization, Schultz hit safely in his first 10 games with the Otters last summer and earned a start for the East Division in the 2013 Frontier League All-Star Game.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to continue my playing career in the Evansville Otters’ organization,” stated Schultz. “The fans, staff, coaches, host families and players have provided a ballpark atmosphere that has yet to be matched during my time in professional baseball. When (Otters manager) Andy (McCauley) contacted me concerning a contract extension, the negotiations took no more than two minutes.”
Schultz batted .289 last season with four home runs and 30 runs batted in. He set an Otters single-season record for triples with eight.
“As far as independent baseball goes, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” Schultz said. “Now that my contract is complete, the next step is to finish the off-season strong in order to bring the city of Evansville a Frontier League title.”
Evansville will open at Normal on May 16.