Phoenix, Ariz.-- Former UMBC infielder Kevin Lachance signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will report to the Missoula Osprey, the team's Rookie Advanced affiliate. Lachance has spent this season with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association before being picked up by the Diamondbacks. He is one of two Retrievers currently playing professional baseball, joining Michael Austin who is pitching for the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League.
"Everyone in our program and department is thrilled for Kevin. A lot of guys in his position would have made excuses or stopped working but he is a special person and competitor," head coach Liam Bowen said of Lachance. "He transformed our program during his time here and I am so proud to have him represent this program and this university."
Lachance was batting .372 in 13 games for the Goldeyes, with 16 hits and eight runs scored. He has three doubles, one triple, two home runs and seven RBI during his time in Winnipeg. Prior to this year, Lachance has made stops with the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League (2018) and the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League (2017) since being drafted in the 10th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016.
"I am very excited for this opportunity with the Arizona Diamondbacks. There is a lot of hard work that goes into something like this, as well as a lot of people to thank. I definitely owe a huge thank you to UMBC, specifically the baseball program and athletic department," Lachance said.
The Virginia native had a standout career for the Black and Gold. He holds the single season record for at bats with 211 and stolen bases with 29, and is the career leader in stolen bases with 82. He is second all-time in games played (198), first in at bats (770), and fourth in hits (232). He batted a blistering .373 during his senior season with 14 doubles, 76 hits and six home runs. Lachance earned Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors and has been named to the America East All-Rookie Team, All-Conference Second Team twice and All-Conference First Team during his career while helping the Retrievers to two straight America East Tournament appearances including a trip to the championship in 2015.
"Coach Bowen, the staff and the players have consistently welcomes me open arms whenever I have been able to make it up. They have played a big role in helping me prepare during the offseason and I can't thank them enough. Getting paid to play the sport I love is something I am very grateful for and I will continue to give it my all moving forward," Lachance stated.