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02.07.13 | M Baseball

Cummins, Nuno Continue Career's

Vidal Nuno will report to the New York Yankees Spring Training facility in Tampa, Fla., next week Vidal Nuno will report to the New York Yankees Spring Training facility in Tampa, Fla., next week

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Former Baker University standout's Chris Cummins and Vidal Nuno will continue their professional baseball career's this Spring, as Cummins just signed with the Frontier Greys of the Frontier League, an Independent Professional Baseball League, and Nuno will join the New York Yankees at Spring Training in Tampa, Fla., next week.

Nuno had been playing winter baseball in Venezuela in the Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional. He was selected by the Cleveland Indians out of Baker in the 48th Round (No. 1,445) of the June 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Last season, the 5-11 left-handed pitcher threw for the New York Yankees Double-A Eastern League squad, the Trenton Thunder in Trenton, N.J.

He spent two years pitching for the Wildcats in 2008 and 2009. Highlighted by the 2008 Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Pitcher of the Year award and was named to the 2008 and 2009 HAAC First-Team All-Conference teams.

"You could see Nuno had a different level of talent and ability that allowed him to have great success in the HAAC and he is continuing to utilize that talent at the highest level," said Baker head coach Phil Hannon.

"Never give up your dream," said Nuno. "When you work hard good things will happen."

Cummins played for the Wildcats from 2009-2012 after transferring from Palomar CC in San Marcos, Calif.

He led the HAAC in strikeouts in 2011 and was second in the conference in strikeouts in 2012. For his strong seasons, he was named a First-Team All-HAAC pitcher in 2011 and a Second-Team All-HAAC pitcher in 2012.

"Chris has overcome many obstacles to be put in a position to become a professional baseball player," said Hannon. "His never say die attitude continues to help him in his endeavors and dreams."

"Playing baseball at Baker was an awesome opportunity for me," said Cummins. "The opportunity allowed me the chance to play against some of the best college teams in the country for four years. Not only did I get to play against good competition, I had a great group of teammates to play with and learn from. Baker gave me the opportunity to learn from head coach Phil Hannon and coach Ryan Oden two great mentors that know a great deal about the game."

"I am very proud of the accomplishments of these two young men and it was my pleasure to have them a part of the Baker University baseball program," said Hannon.

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