Baycats Name DeCaria Director of Player Procurement

by Ryan Eakin

BARRIE - The Barrie Baycats Baseball Club announced today that Dante DeCaria has been hired as Director of Player Procurement.

DeCaria, 23, joined the Baycats in 2017 as the team's play-by-play announcer before joining the Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League in 2018.

From there, DeCaria -- who was the Toronto Blue Jays' Baseball Media Intern in 2017 -- began to form relationships with many players throughout minor league baseball, which helped the Baycats sign catcher Andres Sotillo and first basemen Jose Vicente, as well as more players that will be announced throughout the course of our offseason.

Dante will assist the Baycats in all areas of baseball operations, particularly on the side of player recruitment. 

DeCaria said he cannot wait to join the Baycats management team.

“The Baycats have a rich history and I’m super excited about re-joining the organization that helped me three years ago. I’m looking forward to this position and assisting Josh and company in helping bring another championship and competitive baseball to Barrie.

"I’ve always been interested in a front office type position in baseball and this is a big step for me. I can’t wait for all the fun times ahead."

Baycats manager Josh Matlow said adding a person with DeCaria's connections and knowledge was a no-brainer.

"Dante, his experience, passion for baseball, and his baseball connections is a huge asset for the organization. He has already played a huge part in the talent that has committed to the 2021 team and I anticipate many more big signings in the near future. We welcome Dante back with open arms and look forward to having him a part of the player side of things moving forward."

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