KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Two position players from the University of Virginia are next to join the Growlers for the 2018 season. The Cavaliers are an annual powerhouse and are currently ranked 17th in the country.
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IF | Cayman Richardson | 6’2” | R/R | Sophomore | Mechanicsville, Va.
Richardson brings lots of high level division one experience to the Growlers, starting nine games at shortstop as a freshman. So far in his sophomore year, he has started eight times in 11 games. As a freshman he batted .231, only striking out twice in 39 at bats. He had nine hits including one triple. So far in 2018 Richardson is batting ,182 with a steal. He was a four-year starter in high school and led his team to three State Championships. Richardson also earned 4A All-State Honors at Shortstop his senior year.
C | Brendan Rivoli | 6’0” | L/R | Freshman | Douglassville, Pa.
Rivoli is a graduate of Daniel Boone High School, where he was a four-year varsity starter. In High School he earned his teams Sportsmanship/MVP award. He also was a three-time All-Area player as well as a three-time All-County Selection in Berks County. As well as being a star on the diamond Rivoli played two years of Ice Hockey in High School, where he earned All-County as a sophomore scoring 27 goals. So far at Virginia, Rivoli has appeared in four games, where he has two hits in five at-bats, along with one walk. His second career hit drove home the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Yale, in what was also his first career RBI.
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 www.growlersbaseball.com 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.