New faces on the 2015 roster

We’re now just more than a month away from Opening Day for the Wareham Gatemen, and the roster is taking shape. Here’s a rundown on all the new players the Gatemen are bringing in for the 2015 season.

(Roster and statistics current through 5/4)

Shaun Anderson
School: Florida
Position: RHP
Year: 2017

After going 0-2 with a 5.60 ERA in 17.2 innings as a freshman, Anderson has improved in 2015 with a 5.00 ERA in 18 innings pitched spread out among 12 appearances including one start. His .233 opponent batting average and 6.5 K/9 indicate his ability to retire batters via strikeouts and weak contact.

Zack Brown
School: Kentucky
Position: RHP
Year: 2017

Brown came on strong late in his freshman campaign, starting for the Wildcats in the SEC and NCAA tournaments. A 38th round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2013, he’s 4-5 with a 3.75 ERA so far this year. 2 of his 11 starts have been complete games, and one was a shutout.

Bailey Clark
School: Duke
Position: RHP
Year: 2017

Clark appeared in only 6 games his freshman season, but this year he has taken on an expanded role and excelled. In 11 starts for the Blue Devils, he’s 3-4 with a 2.98 ERA. He has more strikeouts (46) than hits allowed (43) in 51.1 innings pitched.

Grant Dyer
School: UCLA
Position: RHP
Year: 2017

Dyer was UCLA’s midweek starter as a freshman, going 5-5 with a 4.09 ERA in 11 starts. He’s transitioned to the bullpen as a sophomore, and the move has paid dividends for the Bruins. 2-0 with a 1.48 ERA in 31 appearances, Dyer has struck out 50 in 42.2 innings pitched and is holding opponents to a .169 batting average.

Ian Hamilton
School: Washington State
Position: RHP
Year: 2017

Hamilton was a Freshman All-American last year for the Cougars, leading the Pac-12 and setting a school record with 15 saves. He’s lowered his ERA from 2.70 last year to 2.08 this year, adding 11 more saves to his career total.

Brett Hanewich
School: Stanford
Position: RHP
Year: 2017

Hanewich was second on the Cardinal team among starting pitchers as a freshman with a 3.17 ERA to go along with his 4-4 record in 14 starts. His ERA has jumped up a bit this year to 4.48 thanks to a few rough outings, but got a complete game win against UCLA on April 24 while giving up just one run and striking out 9.

Connor Jones
School: Georgia
Position: LHP
Year: 2017

Jones pitched in 6 games out of the bullpen as a freshman, allowing 3 hits and walking 7. His ERA was 3.60, but didn’t allow a run in his final 5 appearances and 4.1 innings pitched. He’s given up 9 runs and 14 walks in 7.1 innings pitched this year, but if he can find the plate he’s stymied hitters with a .240 opponent batting average.

Marshall Kasowski
School: Houston
Position: RHP
Year: 2017

Kasowski is a transfer from Panola Junior College where he was a First Team All-Conference selection with a 7-5 record and 1.67 ERA with 87 strikeouts and 3 shutouts. In his first year with Houston, he’s pitched in 5 games out of the ‘pen with a 3.18 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 11.1 innings pitched.

Matt Krook
School: Oregon
Position: LHP
Year: 2017

Krook was selected in the 1st round of the 2013 MLB draft by the Miami Marlins, but his stellar freshman season (2-1, 1.79 ERA in 8 starts) was cut short by Tommy John surgery in late April. After missing the 2015 Ducks season, he’ll try to work his way back to full strength this summer in Wareham.

Ben Parr
School: Georgia Tech
Position: LHP
Year: 2017

After dominating his midweek starts to begin the 2014 season, Parr stepped into the weekend rotation for the Jackets and finished the year with a 5-4 record with a 2.62 ERA in 18 appearances and 10 starts. He’s split time between the rotation and bullpen this year with a 5-2 record and 3.88 ERA.

Zach Plesac
School: Ball State
Position: RHP
Year: 2017

Plesac accumulated plenty of accolades during his excellent freshman campaign in which he was 12-2 with a 2.11 ERA in 25 appearances and 6 starts. The 2014 Collegiate Baseball and MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year has seen his ERA rise to 2.98 as he adjusts to being a full-time starter in 2015, but his 5 complete games show that his transition is going well.

Tyler Thorne
School: Stanford
Position: RHP
Year: 2017

Thorne had a 4.76 ERA as a freshman, but Stanford was 5-0 in the 5 games he started. He’s continued to split time between starting and relieving in 2015, and has a 2-0 record and 5.08 ERA so far.

Gavin Collins
School: Mississippi State
Position: C
Year: 2017

Collins was the first All-SEC Freshman catcher in Mississippi State history, hitting .304 in 48 games with 19 RBI, 8 doubles, and 1 home run. He was projected to be drafted between rounds 3 and 5 of the 2013 MLB draft before injuring his ankle the first game of his senior season. He’s struggled a bit this year with a .204 batting average in 29 games, but had his average up to .244 on April 24th before falling into a slump the past couple weeks.

Jarett Rindfleisch
School: Ball State
Position: C
Year: 2017

Rindfleisch paced the Cardinals with a .447 on-base percentage as a freshman while finishing second on the team with a .352 batting average. The Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year has seen his average dip to .293 as a sophomore, but has doubled his home run output from 4 to 8 to lead the team.

Nick Cieri
School: Maryland
Position: 1B/C
Year: 2017

Cieri split time between DH and catcher his freshman year, posting a .248 average with 8 doubles and 18 RBI. The 32nd round draft pick in 2013 by the San Francisco Giants has taken great strides as a sophomore, improving his average to .327 and driving in 26.

Mark Karaviotis
School: Oregon
Position: INF
Year: 2018

Karaviotis earned the starting shortstop job just 10 games into his freshman season, finishing the year with a .254 average and 23 RBI. The Hawaii native has an identical .254 average so far in 2015, but his 24 walks give him a .422 on-base percentage that will play well at either the top or bottom of the Gatemen lineup.

Alex Maloney
School: Ball State
Position: SS
Year: 2017

Maloney started in 54 games as a freshman, hitting .250 with 4 homers and 33 RBI while adding 7 appearances with a 3.68 ERA out of the bullpen for good measure. He hasn’t pitched this year and the batting average has gone down to .227, but his 10 extra base hits could provide some pop from the Gatemen middle infield this summer.

John Sternagel
School: Florida
Position: 3B
Year: 2017

Sternagel, a member of the 2014 SEC All-Freshman Team, batted .238 with 1 home run and 12 RBI last year. He’s struggled this year to the tune of a .171 batting average, but his strong showing for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League last summer (.299 average, 21 runs, 10 RBI) provide hope that he plays his best baseball in the summer months.

Connor Beck
School: Texas Christian
Position: OF
Year: 2017

Beck was redshirted his freshman year and is 2 for 12 in limited playing time for the Horned Frogs this year. The Gatemen will hope that he can replicate his senior year at Midland High School in Texas when he hit .350 with 4 home runs and 35 RBI.

Logan Sowers
School: Indiana
Position: OF
Year: 2018

Sowers was named Indiana Mr. Baseball his senior year of high school, when he hit .365 with 11 home runs. He’s played regularly for the Hoosiers this year, batting .256 with 11 doubles, 2 triples, and 3 home runs.

 

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