Duane Aponte made his first appearance in 2017 to the Spirits (18+) roster. His experience includes play at the high school level, where he was a member of the Trinity High School baseball team in Euless, Texas.
Aponte pitches, plays in the outfield, and also spends time at third base. He’s been playing in MSBL/MABL and DFW-ABA leagues since 2000, playing both in Southern California as well as Texas (DFW).
Duane batted .232 with 13 hits, including 7 doubles and a triple during the 2017 campaign that led to a league championship. Aponte was third on the team offensively with 17 RBIs, and finished at the team’s and league’s top pitcher. He finished with a whopping 11-1 record, good enough to earn the NTABL Pitcher’s Award for the Open American League and also a trip to the NTABL All-Star Game at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, TX. Aponte finished with a 2.76 ERA and 39 strikeouts that included over a 2 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio. Overall, Aponte earned top honors with is team as they voted him the 2017 Spirits (18+) Team MVP.
Originally from New York, Duane has also spent time living in New Jersey and here in Dallas, Texas. He’s known and played alongside teammate and friend, Eric Goetz since 2005, stemming from play between both California and Texas.
Nickname: “D,” “DA”