RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Recent Felician College graduate Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard) has signed a professional baseball contract with the Quebec Capitales of the independent Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, commonly known as the Can-Am League. The Capitales announced the signing on Tuesday morning, and Brill is scheduled to report to the team in Pomona, N.Y., on Tuesday afternoon in time for a three-game road series against the Rockland Boulders.
Brill, 23, was primarily a shortstop during his two years with Felician, and is expected to see time at both shortstop and second base for Quebec. As a senior in 2014, Brill was named the Daktronics NCAA Division II East Region Player of the Year and the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Player of the Year. He batted .363 with a CACC-best 74 hits, including 22 for extra bases. In 50 games, Brill scored 47 runs, drove in 33, and stole 13 bases in helping lead the Golden Falcons to their first CACC championship.
Brill amassed 144 hits in two seasons with Felician, and is No. 5 at the school with a .357 career batting average. His 22-game hitting streak and 11 triples in 2014 are program records.
"Playing pro ball has been a dream of mine since I was 4 or 5 years old – pretty much since the first time I picked up a baseball," Brill said. "It's been a long road and I haven't let myself give up."
Brill played one season each for Division-I University of Maryland-Baltimore County and Kirkwood Community College before taking a "redshirt" season in 2012. He completed his BA in psychology at Felician in May.
"I always strived to play affiliated baseball, but getting to call yourself a professional player is a great opportunity," Brill said. "Obviously I would like to make the most of this chance and hopefully get an opportunity with an affiliated team down the road. I still haven't given up."
The Quebec Capitales were founded in 1999 and have won six Can-Am League championships, including the last five. They play at Municipal Stadium in Quebec City, the former home of the Quebec Carnivals – the first Class-AA affiliate of the Montreal Expos.
Brill is a 2009 graduate of John I. Leonard High of Greenacres, Fla. He is the fourth former Golden Falcon to join the pro baseball ranks in 2014. Overall, he becomes the 16th ex-Felician player to sign a pro contract. The complete list can be viewed at http://www.felicianathletics.com/sports/bsb/archive/pros.
"Aaron has been such a pleasure to coach and watch play these last two years, and I'm very excited that he's getting this opportunity," said Felician head coach Chris Langan. "He's the ultimate 'gamer,' and his work ethic and his desire speak for themselves. I'm very happy for the Brill family and for the Felician Baseball family."
Felician College, the Franciscan College of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic college founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician College welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician College currently enrolls more than 2,200 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician College also sponsors 13 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II and National Collegiate levels.