Express add Herrera and Rott to 2016 roster
Eau Claire, Wis. – Eau Claire Express field manager Dale Varsho announced his two most recent roster signings today, adding sophomore Daniel Herrera and freshman Rudy Rott to the 2016 roster. Herrera is a catcher at New Mexico Junior College and Rott is a first baseman at Ohio University. The two newcomers bring Eau Claire’s roster to seven.
Herrera is off to a hot start with the Thunderbirds, leading the team with a .536 on-base percentage and four triples and ranking third on the squad with three home runs and 16 RBI’s. He concluded his freshman season with a .343 batting average and .429 on-base percentage. The Albuquerque, N.M. native will enroll at the University of New Mexico in the fall of 2016 and play for the Lobos for his junior season.
Rott is early in his college career, appearing in all six games thus far in his freshman season. He has a .412 batting average, ranking third on the team, and six RBI’s which are tied for the team lead. The Holmen, Wis. native can also play catcher, which will give Dale Varsho’s roster some flexibility this summer. Rott missed only one of 115 games for Aquinas High School in his four-year career and helped them to a .678 winning percentage during that time.
The Express begin their twelfth season of play in the Northwoods League at Carson Park on May 31 versus the Rochester Honkers. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. in that contest, with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Season tickets and 5-Game Packs are on sale now and single-game tickets go on sale on May 2. The all-new 5-Game Pack includes a reserved ticket along with food and beverage for three innings for five of the biggest promotional nights of the 2016 season all for only $45.00. All tickets can be purchased by calling the Express office at 715-839-7788 or by stopping at the downtown office at 102 E. Grand Ave.
The Eau Claire Express are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2016, 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 (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.eauclaireexpress.com.