MoonDogs Add Three from Familiar Programs
Mankato, Minn. – The Mankato MoonDogs, a member of the Northwoods League, are excited to announce the signing of Joel Hake, Collin Floyd, and Zac Wiley for the 2017 season. Hake and Floyd are both pitchers at Youngstown State University and Wiley comes to the MoonDogs from Bellarmine University.
Joel Hake – Youngstown State University
Joel Hake, a 5'8", 175 lb. right-handed pitcher had a strong freshman season out of the bullpen for the Penguins. He appeared in a team leading 28 games, good for fifth most in school history. He finished the season with a 4.40 ERA, striking out 26 while walking just 12. This spring as a sophomore, he has three starts and five appearances. With 14 innings pitches, Hake has struck out 12 while walking 6, has a 10.93 ERA and a record of 0-3. Youngstown continues to have a good relationship with the MoonDogs. They sent right-handed pitcher Kevin Yarabinec to Mankato last season. Hake's hometown is Youngstown. He is majoring in Nursing.
Collin Floyd – Youngstown State University
Collin Floyd, a 6'4", 190 lb. left-hander has 19 innings of work so far this spring in his sophomore season. All five appearances have been starts for the Penguins and he has a record of 1-4, with 17 strikeouts, 14 walks, 18 earned runs, and an 8.53 ERA. As a freshman, Floyd led the Penguins with 58 strikeouts and 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings, including fanning 11 against Fresno State in his second career start. Floyd will likely be a contender for a starting role on the MoonDogs roster. He is a natice of Akron, Ohio and is majoring in Business Management.
Zac Wiley – Bellarmine University
Zac Wiley, a 6'3", 218 lb. sophomore, is a strong hitter who has started 13 of the Knights first 14 games this spring. In those games, Wiley is batting an impressive .452 with 19 hits, 12 runs scored, 10 RBI, 2 HR, and 8 walks in 42 at bats. He has batted mostly as a designated hitter but has shown he can also be effective pitching. In 2016, Wiley made six appearances with 24 strikeouts in 24.2 innings pitched. He earned his first collegiate win against Quincy after allowing two earned runs with four strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched. Wiley is listed as a utility player and pitcher and his hometown is Shelbyville, Kentucky.
The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visitwww.mankatomoondogs.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the MoonDogs as your favorite team.
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 23-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 160 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.