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MoonDogs Continue to Enhance Roster

MANKATO-Minn. The Mankato MoonDogs Baseball Club, a member of the Northwoods League is happy to announce the additions of right-handed pitchers Cole Stapler and Jake Jenkins to the 2014 roster.

Stapler, a six-foot-five-inch, 230-pound freshman has a 0.47 ERA in 13 appearances for Nicholls State University this spring. He also has 14 strikeouts and opponents are batting just .143 against him.  He was named the district 5-5A MVP at Dutchtown high school as well as first team all-district, all-metro team, and honorable mention all state.

Cole was drafted in the 35th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Miami Marlins after completing his senior season of high school.

Jenkins, a six-foot, 195-pound sophomore has the ability to be a potential starting pitcher for the MoonDogs. In his first season for the University of the Pacific, Jenkins pitched in 14 games while starting nine contests for the Tigers. He finished the year with a 6.66 ERA in 51.1 innings pitched.

His best outing came against UC Irvine on Apr. 21 when he threw eight innings, giving up four hits and one run in a hard luck, 1-0, loss to the Anteaters. 

Jenkins has improved in his sophomore campaign and has a five and two record in 2014. He has logged plenty of hours on the mound this spring with 74.1 innings pitched and an ERA of 2.78. 

The MoonDogs home opener is scheduled for Wednesday, May 28 at 7:05 p.m. against the Alexandria Blue Anchors at Franklin Rogers Park. Season tickets are now on sale at the MoonDogs office located at 1221 Caledonia Street.

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The Mankato MoonDogs 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.mankatomoondogs.com.