PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The California Winter League is proud to announce their ninth season in operation, providing an opportunity for players with big league dreams to earn a contract and pave their own path to the top. Since 2010, over 600 contracts have been offered to those players who come out to Southern California to participate. The CWL and our staff take pride in the success stories that have been created for those players who never give up, and would like to recognize the top 10 former CWLers of the 2017 season.


Lance Montano attended the CWL last January and was awarded for his efforts, earning a contract with the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League.

Montano is a 23-year old from New York and was a journeyman in his college career, making many different stops to play including Skyline College, Coppin State University and the University of Rio Grande. He also played in the North Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League and Golden State Collegiate Baseball League along the way.

He came to the California Winter League in search of a contract to continue his career, and after hitting .306 with 2 homers, 8 RBI and 7 walks in 17 games with the New York Colonials, was offered a contract with the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League for 2017.

The 6’0″, 225-pound corner infielder reported to Evansville and put up a .242/.345/.662 line to go along with 2 homers, 8 RBI and 15 walks in 139 plate appearances for the Otters.

The CWL congratulates Lance on all of his hard work and wishes him the best of luck on his endeavors!