ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Former St. Bonaventure baseball player Ryan Skellie '12 has resigned with the Florence Freedom, an independent professional baseball team in the Frontier League, for the upcoming season.
The Erie, Pa. native will be entering his second season with the Freedom. Skellie batted .239 with 12 RBI in his rookie season with the team. The Freedom advanced to the championship series of the Frontier League before falling in the finals. Skellie, who is currently working on a Master's Degree from SUNY Brockport, will join the Freedom in May as the Frontier League schedule runs from mid May through early September.
Skellie finished his career at St. Bonaventure with a .284 batting average, 102 RBI and 12 home runs. He concluded his four-year career with the Brown and White having started 163 of his 177 games played. In his senior year, Skellie led the Bonnies in home runs (five), slugging percentage (.462) and stolen bases (five). He finished second on the Bona roster in triples (three) and total bases (84), and concluded the campaign third on the team in batting average (.313), hits (57) and RBI (31).
The Frontier League was established in 1993 to serve the West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeast Ohio areas, and has grown to as far west as Missouri. The league is split into two divisions with a total of 14 teams for the 2013 season, including an international franchise based in London, Ontario. Over its 19-year history, the Frontier League has produced 22 Major League Baseball players.