Belters sign former Cubs minor league OF

2013-04-02T21:15:00Z Belters sign former Cubs minor league OFBy Randy Reinhardt | rreinhardt@pantagraph.com pantagraph.com

NORMAL — The Normal CornBelters have had good fortune with former Chicago Cubs minor leaguers, including former Frontier League all-star Alvaro Ramirez.

Normal manager Brooks Carey believes he has signed another potential impact player from the Cubs’ system in outfielder Elieser Bonne.

“Elieser has all the tools to be a very productive player in the Frontier League,” Carey said Tuesday. “It’s a signing we’re very happy about because he had other options.”

The 26-year-old Bonne is a native of Cuba who batted .275 with three home runs, 40 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 353 at-bats for the Daytona Cubs in the high Class A Florida State League.

“He adds the dimension of the stolen base, which on paper we don’t have,” said Carey.

Bonne also hit .313 in 39 games for the Cubs’ Dominican Summer League team in 2011.

Cohn released: Normal released middle infielder Andrew Cohn, who batted .311 with no home runs and six RBIs in 135 at-bats last season.

Carey indicated the move was made to clear roster space. Frontier League teams are allowed no more than 34 players on their preseason roster.

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