GLOVERSVILLE - Former Gloversville High School standout Kris Barone has signed a contract to play professional baseball for the Alpine Cowboys of the Independent Professional Baseball League.
Barone is expected to see work out of the Cowboys' bullpen.
Barone was a four-year starter for Gloversville and a two year captain. He was a four-year all conference selection, three time All-Region selection and was elected to the All-State team his final year in 2008.
Following high school, Barone went on to play at Herkimer County Community College where he was a member of the 2010 NJCAA World Series Team. He led the team in wins and a record 72 strikeouts in his sophomore season.
Barone transferred to DII national power house Mount Olive, NC. and pitched out of the bullpen as the team posted a 47-10 record and captured a NCAA South Atlantic Regional and advanced to the NCAA National Tournament, both in which he made appearances.
Barone played his final year iof eligibility at The College of Saint Rose where he recorded a team high 72.0 innings and finished with a 3.00 ERA.
Barone also pitched in the NYCBL Perfect Game league for the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs where he was selected to the "Futures Team". He also pitched for the Amsterdam Mohawks of the same league the following year.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity," Barone said. "I can't thank my close friends and family enough, All the support they have given me over the years is greatly appreciated. Without them I would be nothing"
In the off season Barone has partnered with two other professional players to create Heads-Up Baseball, a player development company based out of the Capital Region that is focused on the mentorship and development of baseball talent. For more information visit www.heads-upbaseball.com.