Wausau, WI – The Wisconsin Woodchucks are excited to announce the addition of four Florida International University Players to the 2019 roster. Jose Varela, Everett Hurst, Angel Tiburcio and Kaeber Rog will be joining the Woodchucks this summer.
Jose Varela, a 6’1”, 185 lb. sophomore, grew up in Miami, Florida. He played at St. Johns River State College prior to joining the Florida International University Panthers. At St. Johns River State, Varela batted .340 with four home runs and 27 RBIs. So far with the Panthers, he has a .375 batting average and has pitched two innings in relief. Varela will be joining the Woodchucks pitching rotation.
Everett Hurst, a 5’9”, 157 lb. sophomore from Sebring, Florida, will be returning to the Woodchucks for his second season. Last season with the ‘Chucks, Hurst had a 4.50 ERA in 32 innings pitched. He recorded 23 strikeouts in 20.2 innings pitched for the Panthers in 2018. Prior to FIU, Hurst played at Sebring High School where he was the 2015 team MVP and Highland Today Player of the Year.
Another pitcher joining the Woodchucks roster is Angel Tiburcio. Angel Tiburcio, a 6’2”, 230 lb. freshman from Wellington, Florida, played at Trinity Christian Academy high school in 2018. At Trinity Christian, Tiburcio was the 2018 First Team All-County, 2018 2A-7 Player of the Year, 2018 2A-7 Hitter of the Year, and received 2018 2A-7 All-District Team honors. He batted .419 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs. So far in 2019, Tiburcio has pitched 2.2 innings for the Panthers, recording one save.
Kaeber Rog, a 6’0”, 205 lb. freshman is originally from Curacao. Rog also played at Trinity Christian Academy high school and batted .485 with eleven doubles, four home runs and 29 RBIs in the 2018 season. Rog joins the Woodchucks as an infielder for the 2019 season.
The Wisconsin Woodchucks 2019 home opener is Saturday, June 1st. Stay after the game for post-game fireworks presented by Wipfli CPAs and Consultants. The Wisconsin Woodchucks have many great ticket options for the upcoming 2019 season. Group tickets and tickets packages are now on sale. Order yours today by calling the Woodchucks Ticket Sales team at 715.845.5055 or stopping by the Woodchucks Front Office at 2401 N. 3rd St, Wausau, WI 54403. Single game tickets will go on sale in April.
The Wisconsin Woodchucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.woodchucks.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Woodchucks as your favorite team.