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MoonDogs Add Four to 2015 Roster

Mankato, Minn. – The Mankato MoonDogs Baseball Club, of the Northwoods League, is excited to announce the addition of Jake Kolterman, Austin Paschke, Randy Perez and Sulliam Rios Reyes to the MoonDogs 2015 Roster.

Jake Kolterman is a 6’2, 195 pound Freshman righty out of Yavapai College. The Federal Way, Washington native is in his first season for the Roughrider’s after his graduation from Decatur High School.

For the Roughrider’s in 2015, Kolterman has a 3.07 ERA and owns a 7-2 record in 13 appearances, 11 starts in 70.1 innings pitched. He has recorded 43 strikeouts and has tossed eight complete games

“Kolterman is strong right hander with a great fastball,” said Field Manager Ryan Day. “He has asserted himself as a top arm for his team and in the state of Arizona and we expect great things from him this summer.”

Austin Paschke is a 6’4, 215 pound Sophomore infielder out of Yavapai College. The Phoenix, Arizona native is in his second season with the Roughrider’s. In 2014 Paschke saw action in 39 games where he hit .287 and had eight doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 35 runs driven in.

For the Roughrider’s in 2015, Paschke is hitting .340 in 44 games; all starts, and has racked up six doubles, 11 home runs, 35 RBI and six stolen bases.

“Paschke is a big first baseman who is a middle of the order bat who can flat out hit,” said Day. “We expect him to provide a lot of power and drive in a lot of runs for the MoonDogs this summer.”

Randy Perez is a 6’2, 195 pound Sophomore infielder out of Kirkwood Community College. The Bronx, New York native is in his second year for the Eagles. In 2014 Perez saw the field in 50 games, hitting .327 and drove in 33 runs.

For the Eagles in 2015, Perez has appeared in 34 games, and has 15 doubles, three triples, two home runs, while driving in 35, good for a .345 batting average. On the mound he owns a 1.69 ERA with three saves and six strikeouts.

“Randy is a solid third baseman who is extremely versatile, athletic and he is swinging the bat really well for his team right now and we expect him to do the same for the MoonDogs this summer,” said Day. “He was an All-Region third baseman and comes highly recommended from former MoonDogs 3rd base coach Jason Belk.”

Sulliam Rios Reyes is a 6’1, 185 pound Sophomore infielder out of Kirkwood Community College. The Caguas, Puerto Rico native who in 2014 saw action in 47 games, while tallying one homerun, 29 runs batted in, 12 stolen bases and hit .355. Rios Reyes was a member of the La Crosse Loggers, of the Northwoods League, during the summer of 2014 where he appeared in 19 games, drove in 11 runs and hit .267.

For the Eagles in 2015, Rios-Reyes is hitting .325 with seven doubles, one triple, five home runs, 19 runs batted in and 21 walks.

“Rios Reyes is an All-Region shortstop that also comes highly recommended from former MoonDogs coach Jason Belk,” said Day. “Sulliam is a gap to gap guy with occasional power and he will provide the MoonDogs with another athletic infielder that can bat somewhere in the top of the lineup for the MoonDogs.”

Rios Reyes and Perez join former Kirkwood Eagle and current Iowa Hawkeye Eric Schenck-Joblinske on the 2015 MoonDogs Roster.

The MoonDogs home opener is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, at 7:05 p.m. against the Rochester Honkers at Franklin Rogers Park. Season tickets are now on sale at the MoonDogs office located at 1221 Caledonia Street.

 

“The Mankato MoonDogs 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 (OAK) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website.  For more information, visit http://www.mankatomoondogs.com