Elmira Pioneers Announce Continued Partnership with University of Kentucky

The Pioneers are proud to announce that their long history of partnership with the University of Kentucky Baseball program will continue. This year the Wildcats send Pitchers Brendan Koester, Brandon Sulzer, and pitcher/first baseman Trae Harmon to the Pioneers for the summer.

Koester is a freshman at Wallace Community College with a commitment to Kentucky from Louisville, KY. Brendan was in the top 500 nationally ranked and has had his fastball clocked at 91 mph. He has been a preseason All American in 2018 as well as an Underclass All American in 2017. This year he has appeared in 11 games with 23 strikeouts and with a fielding percentage of 1.000.

Sulzer is a freshman at Kentucky from Smithville, Mo. Brandon was a 2018 Rawlings- Perfect Game Honorable Mention All- American. Sulzer also has been a preseason All American in 2018 as well as an Underclass All American in 2017. Brandon has touched the mid 90’s with his fastball and continues to impress at the collegiate level.

Harmon is a freshman at Kentucky from Somerset, Ky. Trae was ranked the number 4 first baseman in the country and was selected as a Top 150 impact freshman entering the season. Harmon also was a four-year letterman who also played basketball, a First-Team All-State 2016-18, a first-Team All-American (2017-18), 2018 Gatorade Player of the Year finalist in Kentucky, Somerset HS career home run leader (35), a 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American and Central All-Region First-Team.

“A partnership with a program like Kentucky’s is part of the reason the Pioneers can be successful year in and year out. We are fortunate to work so closely with the staff and their outstanding athletes. Brendan, Brandon, and Trae will all be very exciting for the fans in Elmira to watch.” Matt Burch said about the partnership.

The Pioneers are now looking forward to the 2019 season as season tickets are now available. The Pioneers Home Opening Weekend is Friday, May 31stand Saturday, June 1stwith Fireworks, Fireworks, Fireworks! Get yours today! Call (607) 734-7825