Today’s Surveying the Field with Frontier Precision features returning catcher Brody Tanksley and pitcher Zach Mann. They are teammates at Indiana University (IU) Southeast.
Tanksley is a junior at IU Southeast. In the 43 games that Tanksley appeared in for the Larks in 2019, he averaged .268 with 26 runs, 3 home runs, 11 doubles and 26 RBI.
“I loved it. I loved the atmosphere and the fans,” Tanksley said. When the season ended, he knew he wanted to return. “After our last game, I asked coach Repay if he could help me come back to Bismarck the next summer.”
Larks new head coach Will Flynt offered Tanksley a contract for the 2020 season after hearing a lot of good things about him, as well as speaking with Tanksley. Flynt hopes Tanksley will have a future in professional baseball.
“I’m hoping that Brody gets drafted,” Flynt said. “Everything I’ve heard about him and then talking with him – he’s top notch. I’m looking forward to hopefully seeing him this summer, but if not, then I hope he’s in pro ball.”
Bismarck proved to be a place that was about more than just baseball for Tanksley.
“I’m really excited to see the host families that I really got close with last summer. I haven’t seen them in a while and I’m looking forward to reuniting with them,” said Tanksley.
Tanksley’s teammate at IU Southeast, Zach Mann, will also join the Larks this summer.
Mann is a redshirt junior transfer from Chattanooga State Community College to IU Southeast. The 6’6” 235-pound right-handed pitcher said he is very intense when he goes into a game and will do whatever it takes to get a win for the team.
“I’m excited to be playing against the competition that we’ll get to play against,” said Mann. “The high-level caliber of play – that’ll be a lot of fun.”
The Larks 2020 season is scheduled to start on time on May 26. with a home game against the Duluth Huskies.
The Scheels 7 Game Pack is the best way to see the Larks play this summer. It includes 7 games, all you can eat food and drinks, a hat, jersey, flip flops and more. Tickets are $21/game. They are already 92 percent sold out.
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