Bucks Sign Catcher
Soria is Fifth Illinois Native to Sign with Waterloo in 2014
Waterloo, Iowa – The Waterloo Bucks have announced that catcher/infielder Zack Soria has signed to play with Waterloo for the 2014 season. Soria, a freshman at Mesa Community College, joins University of Evansville’s Kyle Pollock as the catchers for the team’s 20th season.
This season for the Thunderbirds, Soria is hitting .321 in 59 games. The 5’10”, 190-pounder is slugging .405 with eight home runs.
“Zach was highly recruited out of high school and we’re thrilled to sign him to play in Waterloo,” said Bucks General Manager Dan Corbin. “He has some pop to his bat and he’s a quality receiver of the ball behind the plate. He’ll mainly see time as a catcher, but we can throw him out at second base if needed.”
Soria originally attended the University of Louisville, where he redshirted during his freshman season. After the 2013 season, the Chicago, Illinois native transferred to Mesa CC. Soria will play at Illinois State University in 2015.
Born October 29, 1993, Soria attended St. Rita High School where he was named to the Louisville Slugger All-American, All-Conference, and All-Area teams as a senior. Zack is the son of Bob and Debbie Soria.
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. All 72 games may be heard on 1330 AM ESPN (KWLO). 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 21stseason 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 via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit www.waterloobucks.com.