Published On: March 31st, 2009



Date: March 31, 2009

Bucks Add Two From the State of Iowa

(WATERLOO, IA) The Waterloo Bucks Baseball Club announced the signing of Des Moines Area Community College middle infielder Tyler Robbins. Robbins, a 6’0″, 180-pound sophomore, recently signed a letter of intent to continue his collegiate baseball career with Dallas Baptist. Robbins will join fellow Bucks’ infielder Ryan Goins on the Dallas Baptist roster in the fall of 2009.

Robbins’s first season with the DMACC Bears proved to be a successful one. Coached by former Bucks manager Dan Fitzgerald, the Bettendorf, Iowa native batted for a .394 average with 20 home runs, 24 doubles, and 18 stolen bases. Robbins’ marks in home runs, doubles, hits (97) and runs scored (89) were all single-season records for the Bears. For his efforts, he was named the ICCAC Player of the Year and a NJCAA 1st Team All-American.

Through 24 games in 2009 Robbins is hitting .395 with 10 doubles, 16 RBI and 30 runs scored.

Bucks manager Pete Lauritson is looking forward to what the sophomore will bring to the plate this coming season.

“Tyler has maybe the best approach at the plate that I’ve seen in our league,” said Lauritson. “He’s a middle infielder that can really hit and is well coached by former Bucks’ manager Dan Fitzgerald.”

Iowa Hawkeye to Play for Bucks

The Bucks also announced the signing of University of Iowa freshman Patrick Schatz. The 6’1″, 180-pound right-hander becomes the fourth pitcher added to the 2009 staff.

After being redshirted during his first season for the Hawks, Schatz totaled 10 appearances with the Hawkeyes in 2008 as a freshman. In his first year of action, the McHenry, Illinois native recorded a 6.97 ERA and four strikeouts.

So far in 2009 Schatz has appeared in eight games out of relief and is second on the team with a 2.25 ERA

Lauritson believes Schatz will produce plenty of solid innings for the team in ’09. 

“Schatz is one of three Hawkeyes that we offered contracts to for this summer and I’m pretty excited to start that relationship with the University of Iowa,” said Lauritson. “Coach Brownlee at Iowa kept referring to Patrick’s ability to throw strikes and command the zone with more than one pitch. I think he’s going to give us a lot of quality innings.”

A graduate from McHenry West High School in McHenry, Illinois, Schatz posted a career record of 13-1 despite missing most of his junior and all of his senior seasons with an injury.

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