Stingers notebook: Stingers add 3 pitchers
WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers are nearly at a full roster with three new additions to the pitching staff, the team announced Tuesday.
They continued to stock the roster with freshmen and sophomores, adding freshman righthanders Garrett Anderson from Florida Gulf Coast and Will Lydon from Pacific, and redshirt sophomore Matt Snyder from Kentucky.
The 2014 roster is now at 26 players — the maximum is 30 — with just four juniors and no seniors, but won’t have a lack of experience.
Lydon jumped right into the Tigers’ starting rotation as a freshman, and is third on the team with 41 innings pitched, with a 4.39 ERA and 28 strikeouts.
The well-travelled Snyder comes with just six innings this season for the Wildcats, but was excellent last year in junior college. He redshirted in 2012 as a member of Virginia Tech before transferring to Fulton Montgomery Community College (Johnstown, N.Y.) for his freshman season where he put up a 2.36 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 60.1 innings to make First Team All-Region. He then transferred to Temple for this season but quickly transferred again, to Kentucky, when Temple announced the baseball program would be cut.
Anderson has posted a 2.33 ERA in 19.1 innings of work, mostly in relief, with 11 strikeouts and two walks.
n Stinger third baseman Max Kuhn is hitting .333 with four homers and a .447 on-base percentage for No. 12 ranked Kentucky.
n Stinger outfielder Hunter Webb (Alabama) was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday after hitting .417 with two doubles, three runs and two RBIs last week. He is hitting .313 on the season in a part-time role for the No. 10 Crimson Tide.
n Stinger infielder Hutton Moyer (Pepperdine) is hitting .333 with a .508 slugging percentage while getting on base at a .410 clip.
n Stinger infielder Troy Kuhn (Ohio State) is leading the Buckeyes with 21 RBIs. He’s hitting .279 with four homers in 122 at-bats.
n Stinger infielder Reagan Fowler (Creighton) is leading the Bluejays with team-highs in batting average (.309) and on-base percentage (.409).
n Stinger catcher Jeremy Martinez (USC) is hitting .303 with one home run and 17 RBIs.
n Stinger pitcher A.J. Puckett (Pepperdine) has a 2.33 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.
n Former Stinger Andre Wheeler, now in the Chicago White Sox system, was assigned to the Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators.
n Former Stingers Pat Stover and Thomas Taylor, who played in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ system last season, were both released.
n Former Stingers Forrestt Allday (Boston Red Sox), Jack Cleary (Milwaukee Brewers), Dillon Haupt (White Sox), Max Homick (Baltimore Orioles), Scott Lieser (Brewers) and Jerad McCrummen (Colorado Rockies) remain unassigned in their pro organizations.
n Former Stinger Michael Murray (Florida Gulf Coast) continued his outstanding season with a complete game shutout against Kennesaw State on Friday, his second in a row. Murray is 7-0 with 57 strikeouts in 62.2 innings pitched. He is third in all of Division I with an 0.43 ERA.
n Former Stinger and Northwoods League MVP Marc Flores (Hawaii) is hitting .303 with three home runs and a team-leading 25 RBIs.
n Former Stinger pitcher Jake Stinnett (Maryland), a three-time ACC Pitcher of the Week this season, has a 2.84 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 57 innings.