Stingers add four to 2019 roster
The Willmar Stingers have signed four new players for the 2019 season, the team's 10th in the Northwoods League.
The latest players signed are: Will Vogelsong (Miami University of Ohio), Teddy Peterson (Minnesota State University — Mankato), Jack Zigan (Minnesota State University — Mankato) and Sam Baier (Augustana University).
Vogelsong, a junior infielder from Cincinnati, Ohio, was a mainstay in the lineup every day for the RedHawks as their primary second baseman, starting 51 of 52 games in 2018. He was the team leader in stolen bases (18) and second on the team in batting average (.322). Vogelsong earned First-Team All-MAC and MAC All-Defensive Team honors (.981 fielding percentage) during his freshman year with the RedHawks.
Peterson, a junior outfielder from Glencoe, finished in the top-10 on the Mavericks in batting average (.328), on-base percentage (.416) and slugging percentage (.491) during his sophomore season. Peterson had 38 hits in his 42 games (36 starts) last season for head coach Matt Magers. Following the season, Peterson was named to the All-NSIC Second Team and NSIC Gold Glove Team. Last summer, he played in the Expedition League where he hit .376 and stole 26 bases in 56 games.
Zigan, a redshirt freshman right-handed pitcher played his high school baseball at Eden Prairie High School. As a prep senior, he compiled a 7-3 record and a 1.33 earned run average. Zigan helped lead his team to a state title and became the second pitcher ever to throw a complete game in the state finals (one earned run and 11 strikeouts). Zigan earned All-Lake Conference honors. He struck out 90 batters in 73.2 innings for the Eagles.
Baier, a junior infielder from Springfield, Minnesota, started all 61 games for the Vikings, amassing 12 doubles, eight home runs, two triples, 58 runs batted in and had a .308 batting average as a sophomore in 2018. Baier proved to be valuable on the base paths, as well, stealing 29 bases in 33 attempts. The highlight of last season for Baier last year was leading the Vikings to the school's first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship as Augustana defeated Columbus State. He also earned First-Team All-NSIC, NSIC Gold Glove honors and was named to the NSIC All-Tournament Team following the season.
With these latest signings, the Stingers' roster includes seven pitchers and eight position players.
The 2019 season opens Tuesday, May 28 on the road against the Mankato MoonDogs. The Stingers home opener is May 29 against the MoonDogs at Bill Taunton Stadium.