Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pine-Richland Grad in Minors

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pine-Richland Grad in Minors

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Just a few months ago, it appeared Dave Angle's baseball career was over.

A Pine-Richland High School graduate, he helped lead the revival of Point Park University's baseball team in 2011 when he hit better than .300 and led the club in home runs for the third consecutive season, but was not drafted by any major league team after his senior year.

What's more, this 6-foot-1, 229-pound catcher had an arm injury and had undergone "Tommy John surgery," which severely hampered his defensive abilities.

"I gave up in mid-August. I wasn't getting the pro workouts I wanted," Angle said "I didn't get calls ... nothing."

But today, Angle's baseball career has new life. After a successful season playing in the Texas Winter League this month, the United Baseball League, an independent minor league based in Texas and Louisiana, announced Angle had been drafted and will play on a team yet to be named. The UBL is similar to the Frontier League of which the Washington Wild Things are a member.

The Texas Winter League is a showcase league based in Harlingen, Texas, that concluded its inaugural season Wednesday. Players play in front of scouts and for managers of independent minor league baseball teams.

Angle will be playing for the same manager who he played for in the TWL, Chris Paterson, formerly of the Pecos League's White Sands Pupfish.

This concludes a month in which Angle, 23, a nephew of former Olympic gold medal winning wrestler Kurt Angle, not only hit .300 (15 for 50) in his first 17 games, but engaged in a home run hitting contest with former major league slugger Jose Canseco.

Angle came to the TWL at the recommendation of Point Park baseball coach Loren Torres, whom Angle credits for turning around the Pioneers program from a losing one in his sophomore and junior seasons to a nationally ranked team in 2011.

"As seniors, we all bought into the same system. …

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