He’s the first player in the Steve Gust era to sign a pro deal
O’FALLON, Mo. – Former University of Minnesota Crookston baseball player Matthew Dallas (RHP, Boise, Idaho) signed a professional contract Thursday with the River City Rascals of the Frontier League. Dallas is the first U of M Crookston baseball player in the Steve Gust era to sign a professional contract.
“I am excited for Matt and the opportunity he has with the River City Rascals,” Gust said. “Matt is a player with a great work ethic and attitude and he deserves this opportunity. He has remained persistent in achieving his goal and I am very happy for him. It is always great for the program when you can have someone move on to the next level and I hope that we can see players follow in Matt’s footsteps moving forward.”
Dallas was a two-year member of the Golden Eagle program. As a senior, the reliever was 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 10 innings pitched. Dallas had 12 appearances on the season with 12 strikeouts. During his junior season, he appeared in eight games with 6.2 innings pitched. Dallas had four strikeouts during the 2016 season. He helped the Golden Eagles to back-to-back appearances in the NSIC Baseball Tournament in his two seasons as they accumulated a school-record 25 wins in 2016 and fell just one win short during the 2017 season with 24 victories.
In addition, he made his mark this summer while playing in the Jayhawk Baseball League for the Derby Twins in Derby, Kan. Dallas posted a 1-1 mark with a 3.72 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched. In addition, he notched five saves out of the bullpen for the Twins.
The Frontier League is an independent, professional baseball organization originally formed in 1993. It is the oldest currently running independent league. It is not affiliated with Major League Baseball but has sent 24 players to the majors in their 24-year history as a league. The River City Rascals were founded in 1993 as the Zanesville Greys. They originally were based in Zanesville, Ohio before moving to O’Fallon, Mo. in 1999 and changing their name to the River City Rascals. O’Fallon is a suburb of St. Louis, Mo. The Rascals have won two league championships and five division championships in the Frontier League.