Joel Carranza, Ryan Richardson sign with Japanese independent team
SONOMA, Calif.– Former Sonoma Stompers star Joel Carranza will spend the 2018 season with the Kagawa Olive Guyners, an independent team in the Shikoku Island League. Carranza joins former teammate Ryan Richardson, who ascended from the Stompers to the Olive Guyners in mid-2017.
Carranza won the Pacific Association Most Valuable Player award in 2016, slugging 15 home runs in 78 games and leading the league with a .316 average. Carranza’s play helped earn the Stompers their first-ever Pacific Association championship.
“We’re thrilled to send players from our organization to higher levels of baseball,” said Stompers General Manager Brett Creamer. “They’ll be missed in Sonoma, but I’m excited for the opportunity Ryan and Joel have been given.”
In 2017, Richardson notched a 3.46 ERA in 26 innings. He also contributed to the 2016 championship team, throwing a scoreless outing in eight of nine appearances.
Established in 2005, the Olive Guyners and have won five Shikoku Island League Championships, most recently in 2012.