WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes signed outfielder Devan Ahart and infielder Jordan Ebert on Tuesday afternoon.

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Ahart played for two affiliates in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization last year, including a 24-game stint with the Double-A Texas League’s Tulsa Drillers.  The Detroit, Michigan native combined to hit .258 with four home runs and 35 RBI in 86 total games played.  The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Ahart added 44 runs, 16 doubles, nine stolen bases, and 26 walks.

“I’m really excited to add Devan and Jordan,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney.  “They are both really good, young players that are hungry and excited about the opportunity to play in Winnipeg.  I’m looking forward to watching them play.”

Ahart was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 16th round in 2014 out of the University of Akron (Akron, Ohio).  In three professional seasons, Ahart is a career .294 hitter with a .351 on-base percentage and a .415 slugging percentage.  A left-handed batter, but right-handed thrower, Ahart has averaged 99 runs scored, 32 doubles, nine triples, eight home runs, 63 RBI, 30 stolen bases, and 55 walks per 162 games as a professional.  The 24-year-old Ahart is a lifetime .311 hitter in 161 at bats with runners in scoring position, and owns a career .361 on-base percentage when leading off an inning.

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Ebert was a true professional rookie in 2016, sharing time with two Kansas City Royals’ affiliates.  Ebert hit a combined .299 with one home run and 25 RBI.  The Foley, Alabama native scored 27 runs with nine doubles, two triples, and 14 stolen bases.  A right-handed batter and fielder, Ebert strung together a nine-game hitting streak for the Rookie level Idaho Falls Chukars from July 13th-25th.  The 23-year-old infielder hit a combined .369 in 65 at bats with runners in scoring position, while going 10-for-20 (.345) with two outs and runners in scoring position.

Ebert signed with the Royals last summer as a non-drafted free agent out of Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama).  The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Ebert enjoyed a four-year career for the Tigers, hitting a composite .299 with 123 runs and 106 RBI in 218 collegiate games from 2013-16.

The Goldeyes now have 25 players under contract for the 2017 season.  American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins May 6th.

Notes: Ahart has helped a team reach the postseason in each of his first three professional seasons, and won a High-A California League championship with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2015…Ahart has averaged 14 outfield assists per 162 games as a professional…as a frame of reference, only four players had 14 or more outfield assists at the Major League level in 2016…Ahart has a .368 career average with two outs and runners in scoring position (68 at bats)…Ebert played in the prestigious Cape Cod League (summer wood bat league) for the Brewster Whitecaps in 2013 and the Cotuit Kettleers in 2014…Ebert’s father, Michael, played college baseball at East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, Tennessee) and Faulkner State Community College (Bay Minette, Alabama)

2017 Winnipeg Goldeyes Signings
OF Reggie Abercrombie
OF Devan Ahart
LHP Kyle Anderson
1B David Bergin
RHP Victor Capellan
RHP Edwin Carl
RHP Ryan Chaffee
3B Wes Darvill
IF Jordan Ebert
RHP Joel Effertz
RHP Icezack Flemming
SS Maikol Gonzalez
2B Casio Grider
RHP Caleb Kellogg
LHP Mitchell Lambson
1B Kellen Marruffo
LHP Kevin McGovern
RHP Cameron McVey
RHP Daniel Minor
RHP Zach Nuding
RHP Mikey O’Brien
OF/1B David Rohm
OF Stefan Sabol
C Alixon Suarez
RHP Duke von Schamann

The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2017 season on May 18th on the road against the expansion Cleburne Railroaders.  The Goldeyes’ 2017 home opener is Monday, May 29th versus the Sioux Falls Canaries at Shaw Park.  Season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings for the 2017 season are on sale now.  For more information, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com

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