NORMAL, Ill. – Brandon Kussmaul of the Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team has been signed to play professional baseball with the Normal CornBelters out of Normal, Ill. The team is an independent ball club playing in the Frontier League which is one of four true professional independent leagues in the United States but is not affiliated with any Major League Baseball (MLB) club.
Kussmaul was asked to work out for the squad this past Saturday, performing in some infield drills as well as hitting. The Virginia Beach, Va. native impressed but the roster was full and was told that if a spot opened up, he would be the first one they called.
He did not have to wait long for the call. Less than 24 hours after he began his long car ride back to Virginia, Kussmaul received a call from the owner expressing his interest in getting him signed as a current member was called to play for the Marlins.
"It was surreal," laughed Kussmaul. "I was kind of feeling dejected after being told there wasn't a spot, but to get that call in that short amount of time was something you kind of dream about as a kid."
The former Marlin is now back on his way to Normal, Ill. Where he will sign his papers and become eligible to play in the ConBelters next tilt.
Kussmaul played exceptionally well in his final year as a Marlin, garnering Second Team All-Region by ABCA/Rawlings and Third Team honors by D3baseball.com. The senior led the squad in RBI with 38 and was amassed the second-most hits with 64. Kussmaul was a terrific lead off batter as well, leading the squad in on-base percentage (.455) and runs scored (49). A reliable bat, Kussmaul has notched hits in 42 of the team's 47 games. Upon the year's finish, he was named a First Team All-ODAC member as a shortstop.
"I have played ball in the 757 (Virginia Beach area) for all of my life and the community has given so much to me," stated Kussmaul. "Now it is time for me to go show the rest of the country what Virginia Beach baseball is all about!"
For more information on the CornBelters, check out their website HERE: NORMAL CORNBELTERS