Toronto Draft Pick Joins the Bucks
Righty Dunning joins Gator teammates Puk and Rhodes on Waterloo Roster
Waterloo, Iowa – The Waterloo Bucks have announced that right-handed pitcher Dane Dunning has signed to play with Waterloo for the 2014 season. Dunning, a freshman at the University of Florida, is the 24th player to be named to the Bucks’ roster for the team’s 20th season.
This season for the Gators, Dunning has appeared in seven games, starting one. The 6’3”, 190-pounder owns a 5.23 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 10.1 innings pitched. Dunning is holding batters to a .152 average.
“Dane is a talented freshman that helped Florida to one of top recruiting classes in the nation last year,” said Bucks Field Manager Travis Kiewiet. “He is a power pitcher that will sit around 90 with his fastball and possess a good curve ball that has depth which he can bury down in the zone. Dane has seen innings this season with Florida here early on, which is a good indication on how good he is now, and I'm excited to have him here in Waterloo for the summer.”
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Dunning was a 34th round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. Dunning was ranked number 40 in the state of Florida and number eight among right-handers in the Class of 2013 Final Rankings from Perfect Game.
Born December 20, 1994, Dunning played baseball at Clay High School where we was named to the Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason Florida All-Region second team prior to his senior year. As a senior, Dunning went 5-2 with a 1.27 ERA over 72 innings.
The Bucks will open the 2014 season on the road versus the Rochester Honkers on May 27, but return to Waterloo for their home opener versus Rochester on May 28. Season tickets and group outings are currently on sale. For more information, call the Bucks’ Ticket Line at (319) 232-5633. Fans are encouraged to stay in touch with the Bucks in the off-season by utilizing their website at www.waterloobucks.com.
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The Waterloo Bucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live and free of charge via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit www.waterloobucks.com.