The #ottawa champions have brought back two of the #Can-Am League titleholder’s core players. OF/1b Kenny Bryant and 2B Albert Cartwright were both re-signed to contracts for the 2017 season. Bryant paced the Champions during the 2016 regular season with 11 home runs and 69 runs batted in while hitting .261 in 96 games. His production totals earned the Goose Creek, SC, native the team’s MVP award for the season. Bryant’s bat got even hotter during the Champions successful playoff run when he smashed crunch-time pitching to the tune of a .421 average with a pair of round-trippers and 10 runs batted in over the course of nine playoff tilts.

The 2017 will be the left-handed swinger’s sixth campaign in independent baseball. His previous stops were with the Sussex County Miners, Rockford Aviators, and Gary SouthShore RailCats.

Cartwright originally drafted by the Houston Astros

Cartwright posted a .292 batting average after hitting at a better than. 300 clip for most of the season from the leadoff spot. He chipped in with three homers and 34 RBI in 91 games for Ottawa during the 2016 regular season. He was named the league’s all-star second baseman. The right-handed hitter clubbed three home runs and chased in nine runs during Champions run to their first league championship. A native of Nassau in the Bahamas, Cartwright was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the 36th round of the 2007 draft and has spent time in the organizations of the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Charles named Can-Am League Player of the Year

Meanwhile, the league’s top hitter, 1B Art Charles of the New Jersey Jackals, had his contract purchased by the Cincinnati Reds organization. Charles was named Can-Am League Player of the Year after crushing the circuit’s pitching at triple-crown winning clip.

Charles swatted a lusty .352 on the year and pounded 29 home runs while driving in 101 runs. Other huge accomplishments the slugger achieved in 2016 include: New Jersey’s single-season home run record, which was previously 27 by Joe Dunigan in 2014; New Jersey’s single-season RBI record, previously 77; The Can-Am League single-season total bases record of 248, surpassing Eddie Lantigua of the Quebec Capitales mark of 231 in 2005; The Can-Am League and Jackals single-season record for extra base hits, with 60; The Can-Am League slugging percentage record, at .699, surpassing Lantigua’s mark of .645 in 2005.

Ottawa Champions season tickets and flex packs for the 2017 season and tickets for the 2017 Can-Am League/American Association All-Star Game scheduled for July 25 at RCGT Park in Ottawa are on sale now.

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