West York grads Brett Kinneman, Cash Gladfelter have started pro baseball careers

  • West York grads Brett Kinneman and Cash Gladfelter have started their pro baseball careers.
  • Kinneman is playing for the West Virginia Black Bears.
  • Gladfelter is playing for the Everett (Washington) AquaSox.
  • Both teams are Class A short-season minor league franchises.

Brett Kinneman and Cash Gladfelter are officially professional baseball players.

Brett Kinneman

Less than two weeks ago, the former West York High School teammates and were each selected in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

Since then, they've both signed contracts with their new organizations and have been assigned to Class A short-season minor-league teams on opposite sides of the country.

Kinneman, an outfielder who was selected in the seventh round by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of North Carolina State, is playing for the West Virginia Black Bears in Granville, West Virginia.

For local fans who want to see Kinneman play, Graville is located near Morgantown, about 230 miles from York — a drive of a little less than four hours. The Bears compete in the New York-Penn League, which also has franchises in nearby Aberdeen, Maryland, and Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

In two games through Sunday's action, Kinneman is 1 for 6 for the Bears, but he's still managed to drive in four runs.

Gladfelter, meanwhile, has been assigned to the Everett AquaSox in Washington.

Area fans will have a much longer trip to see Gladfelter play. Everett is more than 2,700 miles from York and competes in the Northwest League.

Cash Gladfelter

Gladfelter, an infielder who was picked in the 27th round out of Shippensburg University by the Seattle Mariners, has played in one game with the AquaSox through Sunday, going 1 for 5, with that hit being a double.

The 6-foot, 1-inch, 195-pound Kinneman and the 6-4, 200-pound Gladfelter are both 2015 graduates of West York.

During his junior year with NCAA Division I power North Carolina State, the left-handed-hitting Kinneman hit .274 with 17  homers and 61 RBIs.

Gladfelter, who also hits from the left side, batted .324 this season for D-II Shippensburg with four home runs and 33 RBIs.