Solon's Loveless to play for Lansing in Midwest League

Published: March 28 2014 | 1:44 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 10:16 am in

The Burlington Bees were the first Midwest League baseball team to reveal its roster Thursday, but word is leaking out about some of the others.

For instance, Solon's Derrick Loveless said Friday afternoon on Twitter that he has been assigned to play for the Lansing Lugnuts.

A left-handed hitting outfielder, Loveless, 21, was a 27th-round draft pick of the parent Toronto Blue Jays in 2011 and signed a contract with a bonus well-above slot. He played last season for Rookie-level Bluefield of the Appalachian League, hitting .226 in 59 games with six doubles, six triples, two home runs and 12 RBIs.

Loveless spent the previous two seasons in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels are expected to release their opening-day roster sometime this weekend. There is a chance former Cedar Rapids Washington prep Chad Christensen could be on it.

Christensen signed after a four-year career at the University of Nebraska with the parent Minnesota Twins after being a 25th-round draft pick in June 2013. He hit .235 in 47 games last season with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Twins.

Kernels IT and Communications Director Andy Pantini said Christensen's photo and biography will be included in the team's media guide, though that is not a guarantee he will break spring training with the club.

The Midwest League season begins Thursday. The Kernels host Clinton on Thursday night at 6:35.


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