Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Ten of the Northwestern College baseball players are showcasing their baseball skills this summer from Miami, Florida to Orange County, California.
Headlining the summer ball list is Mitch Peschon. Peschon was recently named a 2014 NAIA Baseball All-American. He is playing for the Battle Creek Bombers. The Bombers call Battle Creek, Michigan home and are a part of the prestigious Northwoods League.
Head baseball coach Brian Wede said, "The Northwoods League is arguably the premier summer collegiate league and with 148 alumni drafted in the 2013 draft it is hard to argue against it. They play 70 games in 74 days and play in front of an average of 1,000 fans a night so players in that league get a feel for what being a professional baseball player is like. It is a great opportunity for Mitch and we are excited for him." You can follow Mitch and the Bombers by clicking HERE.
Pitcher Josh Turner is also playing in a premier summer league, playing for the Hannibal Cavemen of the Prospect League. The Cavemen are located in Hannibal, Missouri and play 60 games over the course of the summer.
Wede said, "Hannibal has been a great summer home for our top pitchers in the past. Mike Zoellner, Ryan Brasser, and Tyler Stuerman have all pitched in Hannibal and all have come back as better pitchers with Stuerman earning GPAC Pitcher of the Year and All-American honors following his summer with the Cavemen. I really believe Josh will get challenged in a way that will make him a more effective pitcher and I look forward to seeing those results in the spring season." You can follow Josh and the Cavemen by clicking HERE.
Catcher Tony Schultz will be playing in the New York Collegiate Summer Baseball League (NYCBL) this summer for the Genesee Rapids. The Rapids are located in Houghton, New York in the southwest corner of New York. The NYCBL has a 46 game schedule across the whole state of New York.
"The NYCBL has been a great league for the Red Raiders," said head coach Brian Wede. "Dietrich Jache and Ryan Brasser were both all-stars in the league and we have nothing but great things to say about that league. We are looking forward to Tony catching a lot of games and coming back for his senior season with nearly 50 more games experience under his belt." You can follow Tony and the Rapids by clicking HERE.
Pitcher Chase Davis will follow Josh Turner's steps heading to South Beach after his freshman season to play for the Boca Raton Lightning. The Lightning are in the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League and play a 40 game schedule in the summer.
"Boca Raton is a great place for our young talented pitchers to go get a lot of innings and develop as college pitchers," said Wede. "Chase will have the opportunity to get on the mound a lot and will get challenged to grow as a pitcher. I'm really looking forward to seeing the results of his summer." You can follow Chase and the Lightning by clicking HERE.
Casey Guthmiller, Matt Rinehart, and Colin Sandbulte are playing on amateur teams in South Dakota and Minnesota. Guthmiller is playing for Valley Springs as part of the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association while Rinehart and Sandbulte are playing in Minnesota. Rinehart is playing for the LeSeuer Braves and Sandbulte for the Adrian A's.
Frank Manriquez is playing for the Blue Sharks of the Orange County Collegiate League in California. The Sharks play a 30 game schedule.
Freshmen Collin McBride and Patrick Wagner both qualify for their local American Legion team and will play for them this summer. McBride is joining the Prepside Mustangs and will also see time with the Lebanon Whitetails. Wagner will be on the roster of the Willmar Electric team in Lincoln, Nebr.
"This is a nice group of guys working on their skills," said Wede. "Playing in the summer gives our guys a great chance to develop and to help them slow the game down. Baseball is a game that requires a lot of repetitions, at bats, and innings to reach a player's prime so we are thrilled anytime guys want to play in the summer. I really feel like these guys are on teams that will challenge them but will also give them the opportunity to get a lot of playing time. We look forward to getting everyone back on campus this fall to start working on our 2015 season."
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