NWL: Stingers add five for ’15
WILLMAR -- Once again, the Willmar Stingers will have a Florida Gulf Coast feel in 2015. The team announced Wednesday that Eagles infielders Nick Rivera and Brian Pruett, and pitcher Brady Anderson will return to Willmar along with Coastal Caroli...
WILLMAR - Once again, the Willmar Stingers will have a Florida Gulf Coast feel in 2015.
The team announced Wednesday that Eagles infielders Nick Rivera and Brian Pruett, and pitcher Brady Anderson will return to Willmar along with Coastal Carolina catcher David Parrett and Northern State pitcher Colton Boucher.
Anderson will be in his third go-round with the Stingers and the other four will be in their second seasons.
They join Illinois State’s Sean Beesley and Pacific’s Will Lydon in returning to Willmar, pushing the 2015 roster to seven players.
Rivera, an NWL All-Star at first base in 2014, hit .296 with a team-leading 13 home runs and 54 RBIs. He had a standout spring for the Eagles, hitting .330 with six home runs and 48 RBIs in 221 at-bats.
Anderson was also an All-Star last season, his second time making the team. He was also named to the team in 2012 when he set a Stingers’ team record with 15 saves.
Last season, he pitched 53.2 innings, appearing seven times as a starter and eight as a reliever. He struck out 32 and had a 3.18 ERA. He set another team record with 27 consecutive scoreless innings from May 29 to June 27.
“Brady will be our first three-year returner for the Stingers and it’s special to have a guy back and commit his college summers to Willmar,” Stingers’ co-owner Ryan Voz said in a press release. “He’s been very valuable to the team.”
Pruett was a versatile infielder whose hitting improved as the season went on. He hit .256 with one home run and 22 RBIs in 195 at-bats.
Boucher and Parrett only played partial seasons with the Stingers in 2014, but played well.
Parrett hit .321 with three doubles in 29 at-bats. He will play at Coastal Carolina this season after helping Iowa Western CC to the NJCAA national championship last spring.
Boucher joined the Stingers at midseason and posted a 2.74 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 19.2 innings. Last spring, he led Northern State with 55 strikeouts with a 4.77 ERA in 66 innings.