MARION — The Southern Illinois Miners announce that Nolan Earley will return to the club for the 2020 season, further solidifying a veteran hitting corps for the upcoming year.
Earley will enter his fourth season with the Miners, having previously been their every-day right fielder from 2016-18. In those three seasons, the Anderson, Indiana native batted .278 in 286 games (missing only two contests total), and amassed 283 hits, 64 doubles, 33 home runs, 158 RBIs and 146 runs scored, along with nearly as many walks (153) as strikeouts (163). In his debut season with the club, he set career-highs in batting average (.291), runs scored (53), hits (103) and RBIs (70) while helping the Miners to their most-recent division championship and playoff berth. Two years later, he set career benchmarks in doubles (a Miners team-record 28), walks (57) and home runs (13) as he continued to be an every-game fixture in the lineup.
The 28-year old spent last season with the Milwaukee Milkmen in the American Association, clubbing 12 doubles and seven homers with 27 RBIs in 75 games.
“I’m excited to come back and play for the Southern Illinois Miners,” Earley said. “I’m looking forward to…