After a productive inaugural season, The Lakeshore Chinooks have announced a number of players who will be returning for the 2013 campaign.
Forrest Chadwick (Southern Maine) will be returning to his spot in the outfield this summer. Chadwick was announced as the Chinooks MVP for the 2012 season. Forrest was also recognized as one of the top defenders in the Northwoods League. He received one of nine Rawlings Finest in the Field awards for his perfect fielding percentage.
Chinooks 2012 Pitcher of the Year Joe Greenfield (Eastern Illinois University) has committed to playing for Lakeshore this upcoming summer as well. After being drafted in the 22nd round of the 2012 MLB Draft, Greenfield decided to continue his collegiate career. He finished his first Northwoods League season with a 2.29 ERA.
Ryan Krill (Michigan State) will be back at first base for the Chinooks in 2013. Krill was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 40th round of the 2011 MLB Draft but also opted to continue his collegiate career instead. Ryan ended the 2012 season with 43 hits, 2 home runs, and 26 runs batted in.
Right handed pitcher Keaton Steele (Missouri) was also selected in the 2012 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 29th round. Steele was the JUCO World Series MVP in 2012 while playing for Iowa Western Community College.
Rounding out this week’s player announcements, Eric King (UW-Milwaukee) will also be returning to the mound in the summer of 2013. King, a Fond du Lac resident, didn’t spend the entire season with the Chinooks in 2012 but picked up two wins in five appearances.
The five returning players will be joining their new head coach, Eddy Morgan, who served as an assistant coach under John Vodenlich last season. Opening Day at Kapco Park will be on May 30, when the Lakeshore Chinooks face the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters at 6:35pm.