Former Rhode Island Ram Jeff Roy has officially signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, effectively beginning his professional baseball career. Roy will now head to western New York to begin a minor league assignment with the Jamestown… Jammers? Hm. Well if you’d like to support Roy, you can buy a hat with a bunch of grapes on it. So there’s that.
In any event, Jamestown is Pittsburgh’s short-season Single A affiliate, meaning their season has yet to start. Short-season teams are essentially designed for new draft picks as they begin play in mid-June and go until early September. For the Red Sox fans out there, the Lowell Spinners are also a short-season Single A squad. The Jammers (and the Spinners, for what it’s worth) play in the New York-Penn League, comprised of 14 teams. For those interested in following Roy’s play this season, Opening Day for Jamestown is June 17th.
Conventional wisdom says that the former Rhody center fielder will hit somewhere near the top of the Jammers lineup, using his speed and stellar OBP to try and manufacture runs for his new team. Good luck to Jeff in this next step of his baseball career! Oh, and check out this awesome pic of Roy officially inking his first professional contract.