TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City Beach Bums are happy to announce the signing of three players currently playing in the California Winter League in Palm Springs. Infielder/Outfielder Raul Shah, along with pitchers Adam Cornwell and Sam Burton, will compete for roster spots during the Traverse City Beach Bums’ spring training. Also, they are scheduled to appear at the annual Traverse City Beach Bums Fan Fest, coming up in May.  

Adam Cornwell is a right-handed pitcher from Bloomington, Indiana and completed his collegiate career with the University of Pittsburgh. Before pitching in four games with the Panthers, he spent three seasons with the University of Indianapolis. Overall in college, he pitched in 43 games, with 16 starts, and a record of 8-4 with a 5.66 ERA. In 101 innings, he struck out 80 batters. Currently, Adam is completing his winter season with the Alberta Grizzly of the California Winter League and he is 1-0 with a 5.09 ERA. 

Sam Burton, also a right-handed pitcher, comes to the Cherry Capital from the Utica Unicorns of the United Shore baseball League. In 2017, he appeared in seven games, going 2-1 with an ERA of 5.40. In 21.2 innings, he struck out 25 while only walking 10. Collegiately, he pitched for Walters State Community College, Georgetown College, and he finished at Winston-Salem State University. While at Walter, the team was ranked first in the nation, and while at Georgetown, he appeared in the 2014 College World Series. As a senior of Winston-Salem State, he was 6-1 with a complete game and a 2.37 ERA. Currently, he is with the Oregon Lumberjack of the CWL, and is 2-1 with a 2.80 ERA. 

Finally, Raul Shah will begin his second professional season, coming from the Plattsburgh Redbirds of the Empire Baseball League. Last season, he hit .314 with five doubles, three triples, and 32 RBI in 57 games. Before embarking on his pro career, he graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where, in his senior season, he hit .360 with five homers, 14 doubles, and 40 RBI in 45 games. He had an on-base percentage of .415 with a slugging percentage of .537, while stealing seven bases in eight attempts. This winter, he’s playing for the Toronto Rush of the CWL, hitting .233 with two extra base hits in eight games.  

The Traverse City Beach Bums have announced their weekly promotions for the 2018 season. These include Wednesday Doubleheaders, Silver Slugger Thrifty Thursdays, Fantastic Firework Fridays, Salute to Soldiers Saturdays, and Family FUNday Sundays. For more information on our promotions and for tickets, call the Beach Bums offices at (231) 943-0100 or visit