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Growlers Add Trio of San Diego State Aztecs to Budding 2016 Roster

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Photos courtesy of the San Diego State University Athletic Department.

KALAMAZOO, MI – The OnStaff Group Recruiting Trail presents the signing of three San Diego State players: Jeff Kross, Jordan Verdon and David Hensley. The trio hails from California, and the Growlers welcome them to their 2016 team.

Jeff Kross: 6’6” – 230lb, RHP, Bats/R. Throws/R, San Diego State (Fr.), Upland, Calif.

The tall right-hander is in his first season of collegiate baseball after a tremendous high school career at Upland High School, where he was a two-time all-league selection as a pitcher and first baseman. Kross also played for the California Baseball Academy (CBA) during the summer of 2015. The freshman was named as a 2015 Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American during his final year of high school.

Kross has yet to throw an inning for the Aztecs, but his high ceiling and ideal height for a pitcher caught Growlers field manager Matt Lawson’s attention.

Jordan Verdon: 6’3” – 190lb, 3B, Bats/L, Throws/R, San Diego State (Fr.), El Cajon, Calif..

Verdon had ties to the Aztec baseball program long before his commitment, as he played for former SDSU pitcher James Davis at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, Calif. Granite Hills won the league title all four years Verdon was a member of the team.

In addition to the team accolades, the six-foot-three third baseman was first-team all-league as a senior and a career .340 hitter in high school. He totalled 99 hits, 19 doubles and 41 RBI's along the way. He was selected during the 24th round of the MLB draft by the New York Mets.

Verdon is batting .265 currently for the Aztecs, good for fourth on the team. Verdon is a hitting machine and expected to be someone who gets on base many times for the Growlers this summer.

David Hensley: 6’6” – 190lb, 1B/P, Bats/R, Throws/R, San Diego State (So.), San Diego, Calif.

Another tall southern California infielder will join the Growlers this summer in David Hensley. Hensley was a three-time captain and team MVP as a senior at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, Calif.

As a freshman at SDSU, Hensley made 19 total starts, batting .257 with eight RBI in 70 at-bats. He primary played left field and designated hitter but did make one defensive substitution as a second baseman, showing his versatility in the field. In 2016, Hensley has started 11 of the 12 Aztec games, batting .225 with three doubles and three RBI.

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Fans can guarantee tickets to the team’s top weekend dates of the season by locking in the Growlers new 5-game pack.  5-game packs include the best seats at the team’s five (5) best games with all-you-can-eat food and beverages with guaranteed giveaways. There are two 5-game pack options for fans to choose from and are $69 per package.  Fans can buy online by going to http://kalamazoo-growlers.northwoodsleague.tv/Ticket/Packages/.  Fans can also call the team’s front office at (269) 492-9966 or by emailing tickets@growlersbaseball.com.

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