Wisconsin Rapids, WI – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters put the finishing touches on their 30-man roster by announcing the signings of pitchers Seth Fuller and Tyler Farrell, both from Western Illinois University.
“The additions of Seth and Tyler provide us with excellent depth on the mound,” said Rafters General Manager Liz Kern. “Both players are young but have tremendous potential. We look forward to watching them develop further on the mound this summer.”
RHP-Seth Fuller, 6’3”, 195 lbs (R/R) Freshman, Western Illinois [pictured]
Fuller has excelled out of the bullpen for the Leathernecks as a true freshman this spring. In his first eight appearances, he has posted a 1-1 record with a 3.75 ERA. In 12.0 innings on the mound, Fuller has recorded 10 strikeouts and three saves.
Fuller attended Moline High School in Illinois where he was an All-Metro honoree from 2009-2011 and All-Conference selection from 2010-2011. He was named All-Metro Player of the Year by the Quad City Dispatch Newspaper as a senior in 2011 as well as Pitcher of the Year in both 2010 and 2011. As a senior he posted a 10-2 record with a 1.28 ERA. He also threw a perfect game during his high school career and took a no-hitter into the 7th inning in a separate outing. Fuller is a native of Moline, Illinois.
RHP-Tyler Farrell, 6’2”, 190 lbs (R/R) Freshman, Western Illinois
Farrell will see his first baseball action of the season this summer for the Rafters after being red-shirted as a freshman this spring. Farrell was drafted in the 43rd Round by the New York Yankees in the 2011 MLB Draft after an impressive prep career at Galesburg High School in Illinois.
As a senior in 2011, Farrell was selected to the All-Western Big 6 Conference Team after posting a 7-1 record and a 0.94 ERA, while striking out a whopping 93 batters in 52 innings. During his junior year he struck out 78 batters in 69 innings while recording a 2.03 ERA. His performance on the mound also led him to being named Honorable Mention All-American and First Team Central Region All-American by the Rawlings and Perfect Game USA pre-season lists. He was also ranked the #11th prospect in Illinois by Prep Baseball Report in 2011. Farrell is a native of Galesburg, Illinois.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are members of the 16-team summer collegiate Northwoods League. The Rafters will play a 70 game schedule with 35 home games in 2012. Opening Day at historic Witter Field is scheduled for Wednesday, May 30th at 7:05 pm against the La Crosse Loggers. Reserve your 2012 ticket packages today by calling 715-424-5400, or in person by stopping by the Rafters office at historic Witter Field. The offseason office hours are Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com.