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Stingers add two former players, two new ones to 2016 roster

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Stingers will welcome back two players from the 2015 season and also added two outfielders on Wednesday. Ky Parrott (James Madison University) and Danny Palmiscno (North Dakota State University) are set to return to Willmar...

WILLMAR - The Willmar Stingers will welcome back two players from the 2015 season and also added two outfielders on Wednesday.

Ky Parrott (James Madison University) and Danny Palmiscno (North Dakota State University) are set to return to Willmar for the 2016 season and will be joined by Cole Gray (Midland University) and Justin Toerner (California State University- Northridge).

With the addition of these four players, the team’s 2016 roster is at 12 players.

Parrott, who is in his junior season at JMU, was a fixture in the Stingers lineup all summer, playing primarily in the outfield.

Playing in 58 games, Parrott hit .289, had 55 hits, scored 36 runs and hit four home runs. He was among the team’s top six in all four categories, and he led the team with 47 runs batted in. He ranked fifth in the Northwoods League in RBIs.

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As a sophomore at James Madison, Parrott finished third on the team hitting .288 in 47 games, and he led the team with eight home runs and 44 RBIs. Prior to attending JMU, Parrott was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 26th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.

Palmiscno, a junior catcher at NDSU, saw action in eight games with the Stingers after signing a temporary contract. During his sophomore season with the Bison, Palmiscno played in 18 games and made 10 starts. With a batting average of .222 in 2015, Palmiscno hit .222 in 2015 and didn’t commit and error behind the plate.

Originally from Grand Forks, N.D., Palmiscno played at Red River High School and finished his senior season on all-state, all-conference and all-state tournament teams. He was a finalist for the North Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year.

Gray, a 6-foot, 180-pound junior outfielder from Ontario, California, has been a stellar performer for the Midland University Warriors. Gray has appeared in all 60 games in both his freshman and sophomore seasons, making 54 and 58 starts.

Gray finished third among the Warriors in batting average each season, hitting .337 as a freshman and .312 as a sophomore. In 2015, Gray amassed 59 hits and 12 doubles, both of which were second on the team. Gray provided a similar offensive output as a freshman in 2014. In 175 at-bats, Gray had 59 hits, 10 doubles, and 33 RBIs.

Justin Toerner, a 5-foot-10 165-pound outfielder from Temecula, California, was a mainstay in the Matador outfield during his freshman season in 2015. Playing in all but one of the Matadors 57 games last year, Toerner led the team in at-bats with 211 and posted a .265 batting average. Toerner ranked in the top-five on the team in hits (56), doubles (10), stolen bases (11), runs scored (27), and RBIs (26).

Toerner reached base in 21 straight games last summer, including a 10 game hitting streak, while registering 15 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games over the course of his first season of college baseball.

The Stingers open the season Tuesday, May 31 at home against the Duluth Huskies.

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