Rafters Add Size to Pitching Staff
Wisconsin Rapids Signs Left-handed Pitchers From University of Central Florida and Cisco College (Tx)
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.- The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are pleased to announced the signings of two pitchers for the 2015 Northwoods League season. Harrison Hukari (Central Florida) and Chris Falwell (Cisco College) are both left-handed pitchers who will bolster the Rafters pitching staff in the upcoming season.
LHP- Harrison Hukari, 6’6”, 245 lbs (L/L) Redshirt Junior, Central Florida
The lefty from St. Petersburg, Florida has a tall 6’6” frame that will be utilized by manager Craig Noto early and often this upcoming season. Hukari is an experienced pitcher out of the bullpen for the Central Florida Knights. In 2013 he made 13 appearances totaling 17 innings where he had a formidable ERA of 3.71 before redshirting during the 2014 season. Hukari is no stranger to summer collegiate baseball, as he pitched in the Coastal Plain League for the Columbia Blowfish in 2013 and the Sanford River Rats of the Florida League in 2014. He is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida and majoring in History.
LHP- Chris Falwell, 6’7”, 210 lbs (L/L) Sophomore, Cisco College
Sophomore Chris Falwell is another long, lanky left-handed pitcher standing 6’7” tall. Falwell started his collegiate career with the Arkansas Razorbacks in the SEC. Working out of the bullpen, he boasted a solid 2.70 earned run average and notched four strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work. Falwell will continue his career at Cisco College (TX) for the spring of 2015 season and plans to transfer to Texas A&M Corpus-Christi in the fall. He was named first team All-Central Texas following his prep senior season in which he went 8-2 with a 1.56 ERA. He is another big body from the left side that should make the Rafters staff very potent this Northwoods League season. Falwell is a native of Round Rock, Texas.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, 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 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (BOS) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com.