Former Mighty Oaks Standout Signs Professional Baseball ContractApril 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM
Josh Federico, a native of Amherstburg, Ontario, just south of Detroit, Michigan, and former Oakland City University baseball standout, has signed his first professional contract to play baseball for the London Rippers of the Frontier League, beginning in the summer of 2012. After attending the team tryouts in Waterford, Michigan last month, Federico was asked to stay extra long before receiving an offer to join the team.
OCU Baseball Coach T-Ray Fletcher with Josh Federico
"I was pretty excited about it. It's a great feeling." said Federico, "All the hard work is paying off and it's nice to finally know I can play somewhere and get some money for it."
A former shortstop and clean up hitter for the Oaks, Federico may split time between playing shortstop and second base for the Rippers. "It doesn't matter where they put me in the field, as long as I am playing," joked Federico, "I am a shortstop, but I am used to second base too. Turning the double play is kind of my thing. I am comfortable in both places."
"He has the ability to hit for average with a little pop in the bat and play multiple positions in the field," said London assistant general manager Matt Dillard. "We also love the drive and passion he has for the game."
The Rippers will play a 99 game schedule in the Frontier League, opening on May 18. The team's camp opens on May 5. Until then, Federico will continue to work as the OCU assistant baseball coach as he completes his degree requirements. "I know it will be a lot of traveling, but a 99 game schedule, I can't wait," he said. "It's also going to be nice to play so close to home. My family will be able to come and watch, so I am pretty excited"
London, Ontario, home of the Rippers, is just over 100 miles from his hometown of Amherstburg.
"This is just the beginning," stated Federico, "If it wasn't for the support of my coaches and family, I don't think this would have been possible. I owe a lot to a lot of people."