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Friday, January 13, 2017

Texas Charge Add McCleney, Cordes, Two Others in Trades

The Texas Charge of the National Pro Fastpitch league made two high-profile moves today that netted them four players overall.

In a trade with the USSSA Florida Pride, the Charge acquired former Alabama all-American outfielder Haylie McCleney and longtime pro pitcher and former Missouri Tiger Chelsea Thomas.

The Charge sent their #2 overall pick in the 2017 NPF draft to the Pride in exchange for the two players.

McCleney hit .300 in forty at-bats during her rookie season of 2016, driving in three runs and putting up a perfect 5/5 mark in stolen bases. Thomas, a three-time all-American at Mizzou, posted a 2.98 ERA in 2016 as a fourth-year pro, including a 7-2 record and forty-six strikeouts in just under sixty-six innings of work.

In a separate trade, the Charge picked up infielder Cheyenne Cordes and outfielder Lindsey Stephens from the Pennsylvania Rebellion, giving up infielder Caitlin Attfield and Aussies pitcher Vanessa Stokes and utility player Chelsea Forkin.

Cordes hit .258 in 2016 in thirty-six games and posted a .427 slugging percentage. She also amassed a perfect record on the basepaths, stealing four bags in four attempts.

Forkin saw sixty-two at-bats in limited work for the Charge in 2016. It was her rookie season in the league after several seasons as part of the Aussie National Team. She hit three home runs and slugged .419 on the year. Stokes saw extremely limited duty in her own right, amassing just twenty-one innings of work in 2016 and collecting a 3.67 ERA.

In Stephens and Attfield, each team gets a player returning near to their roots; Stephens, a Texas native and Longhorn graduate, hit .241 in her rookie season, including three home runs and a .375 slugging percentage. She went 12-12 on the basepaths to her own credit. Attfield, a Northeast native but an Alabama-Birmingham graduate, hit .325 in limited exposure, but showed signs of promise.

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