Loggers Lock Up Dirtbag Duo

LA CROSSE, WI – The La Crosse Loggers Baseball Club added a pair of players from the Long Beach State University baseball program as team officials announced the signing of sophomore Jake Stassi [left] and freshman Richard Prigatano [right].

Stassi will be returning to the Lumbermen for his second stint after evolving into a staple in the Loggers rotation in 2011. The 6-0, 200 pound southpaw went 5-3 with a 4.02 ERA and struck out 46 batters in 69.1 innings for La Crosse while ranking second on the team with 11 starts. Stassi saw action as both a starter and out of the bullpen for Long Beach State last spring in his rookie season posting a 0-1 record with a 3.50 ERA over 18 innings of work. The youngest in a baseball-rich family, Stassi’s father made it to the AAA level before going on to be one of the most successful high school coaches in California and his two older brothers, Max and Brock, are both currently playing in professional baseball.

The athletically-gifted Prigatano turned down an offer from the Toronto Blue Jays last June after they selected him in the 16th round of the MLB Draft. At 6-3, 200 pounds the right-handed hitting Prigatano can play both outfield and first base. The Los Gatos, Calif. native was a Baseball America Top 200 draft prospect going into the 2011 MLB Draft and was named to the second-team Rawlings Gold Glove team, awarded nationally.