The Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier League, independent) announced today they have re-signed infielder Gianfranco Wawoe for the 2020 season.
Gianfranco, born in Curaçao, played seven years in the Seattle Mariners organization, batting .270 with 17 doubles, six triples, 15 stolen bases in 23 attempts, and 62 RBIs in 97 games at A-Advanced Modesto in 2017. These numbers earned him the mid-season All-Star nomination.
Next to A-Advanced Modesto (California League), Wawoe also played fourteen games at AA Arkansas Travelers and two games with the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Pacific Coast League).
Before Gianfranco played for the Modesto Nuts, he played for the Bakersfield Blaze, back then a Mariners farm team. After the Blaze was moved to the Carolina League, together with the High Desert Mavericks, the Mariners acquired the Modesto Nuts.
According to the Miners website, Wawoe was the most consistent hitter of the team. He batted .306 with 10 homers, 15 doubles, 43 RBIs, 103 total hits, and 49 runs scored in 89 games. He finished second with his .306 batting average in the Frontier League’s batting championship.
“Gianfranco had a great, all-star season for us last year,” Miners manager Mike Pinto said. “His consistently-great play throughout the year both offensively and defensively was a big part of our winning season. He is a leader by example both on and off the field, and we are very excited that ‘G’ is coming back in 2020.”