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Published On: March 1st, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.The Growlers will have the benefit of gaining two pitchers with collegiate baseball experience already under their belt heading into the 2018 season. Mason Shinabery has worked primarily as a starter so far in his career while Derek Carr (Not the Raiders Starting QB) has some innings out of the bullpen.

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RHP | Mason Shinabery | R/R | 6’2 | Decatur. IN

As a Freshman Mason Shinabery earned All-Conference honors for the MCC Crossroads Conference as a member of the Huntington Foresters in 2017. The righty starter for the Foresters helped the team win the 2017 Crossroads League championship. He started 10 games with a team low 2.82 ERA. He also tossed two complete games, and notched two shutouts as well. Shinabery returns to the Foresters as one of the most experienced and talented starters and has the potential to emerge as the teams ace this season. Coming into his freshman season Shinabery used a fastball in the high 80’s and two off speed pitches to complete his arsenal.


LHP | Derek Carr | L/L | 6’1 | Newark, OH

Carr had limited experience on the field as a freshman and is looking to expand his role in his sophomore season at Ohio University. So far in 2018 he has made two relief appearances, giving up three earned runs. As a freshman he made just three appearances including a three strikeout performance against Butler over 2.1 innings in his career debut. While in High School Carr played for the 17u Ohio Elite club baseball team. He lists New York Mets Right-Hander as his favorite professional athlete with the Kansas City Royals as his favorite team.


The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 185 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 (TOR).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Growlers as your favorite team.