The Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League announced on Tuesday they have sold the contract of outfielder Scott Kalamar to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kalamar became the fifth member of the 2014 Wild Things squad to have his rights sold to a Major League Baseball organization this season, joining right-handed pitcher Troy Marks, left-handed pitcher Al Yevoli and outfielders Stewart Ijames and C.J. Beatty. Marks, Yevoli and Ijames were all sold to the Diamondbacks while Beatty was purchased by the Chicago White Sox organization.
Kalamar, 23, signed with the Wild Things midway through the 2013 season as an undrafted free agent out of Seton Hall. He hit .299/.362/.439 with a couple of homers and 43 RBI in 56 games during his senior year at Seaton Hall. He also swiped 23 bases in 28 attempts and had more walks (26) than strikeouts (23) that year.
In his rookie year with the Wild Things, he hit just .185/.256/.229 with nine RBI in 176 plate appearances. This past season, he was able to put it together offensively as he hit .300/.364/.502 with nine home runs and 48 RBI. He also stole 17 bases in 22 attempts in 2014.
Although he is capable of playing all three outfield positions, Kalamar expects to spend the majority of his time in center field going forward. In 180 chances, he’s only committed one error in his professional baseball career thus far.
It’s too early to tell what level of the Minors Kalamar will be playing in next year, but expect him to open the 2015 season in either High-A Visalia or Low-A Kane County.
Anton Joe is an Independent League Baseball Reporter for Baseball Essential. You can follow him on Twitter @AntonJoe_BBE.