The Prairie Dogs announced Thursday they have signed outfielders Lyndon Poole and Jason Martin. Poole is a five-year veteran who has experience in affiliated and independent ball, while Martin is a rookie from Division I San Jose State University.
Poole last played in 2010 for the Schaumburg Flyers of the now-defunct independent Northern League. He hit .182 in six games with Schaumburg. Poole played a full season in 2009, splitting the year between the Flyers and the Tucson Toros of the now-defunct independent Golden League.
With the Flyers and Toros, Poole hit a combined .321 with three home runs and 16 RBIs in 67 games. He also had a career-high 23 stolen bases.
Poole, 25, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006. The Dodgers sent him to their Rookie Ball Gulf Coast League affiliate, where he played the better part of three years.
Near the end of the 2008 season Poole was called up to the Class AAA Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League. He played in one game for the 51s.
Poole, now entering his sixth professional season, has a .257 career batting average with five home runs, 47 RBIs and 32 stolen bases.
Martin comes to the Prairie Dogs after playing four years for the San Jose State Spartans. Upon graduating last year, Martin left the Spartans as their all-time career leader in hits (277), runs scored (174) and games played (236).
As a senior last year, Martin hit .257 with 21 RBIs in 61 games. He only struck out 14 times in 202 at-bats.
Martin's sophomore season in 2009 proved to be his best. He had a .377 batting average, five homers and 45 RBIs in 61 games. Martin was the only Spartan to start every game that year.
The 23-year-old ended his collegiate career with a .333 average with 10 home runs and 116 RBIs in 236 games.
The Abilene Prairie Dogs are a member of the North American Baseball League who will play their first season in 2012. Season ticket plans are on sale now, and are available by calling the Prairie Dogs front office at (325) 437-6555.