Doi & Cardenas from Hawaii join Right-Handers Provencher (LBSU) and Warren (Creighton)
LA CROSSE, WIS. – The La Crosse Loggers bolstered their ever-growing 2014 roster today when team officials announced the signings of Marcus Doi and Gordon Cardenas from the University of Hawaii as well as right-handers Ty Provencher (Long Beach State) and Matt Warren (Creighton). Utility man Marcus Doi is off to a big start to his collegiate career as the true freshman is leading Hawaii in hitting through the first month of the 2014 season. The Honolulu, Hawaii native is hitting a .423 clip including one triple and six RBI’s through 12 games. Doi, who has the ability to play multiple positions in the infield, all three spots in the outfield and catch, was a 25th round pick of the Chicago Cubs in the 2013 MLB draft out of Mid-Pacific Institute High School (Hawaii) before electing to attend UH. Widely considered the top prospect in the state of Hawaii entering last June’s draft, Doi was also tabbed a Rawlings 3rd Team All-American in 2013.
Joining Doi from the University of Hawaii will be right-hander Gordon Cardenas. The 5-10, 180 pound hurler was ranked as one of the Top 200 pitchers in the nation and Top 25 in California by Perfect Game in 2013 coming out of Mira Costa High School (Calif.). Cardenas also earned Rawlings honorable mention All-American honors in 2013 and also competed for the Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team Elite. So far this season, Cardenas has had has number called four times out of the Hawaii bullpen where he has posted an 0-2 record with a 4.66 ERA with eight punch outs and only two walks in nine innings.
The Loggers are excited to be continuing their partnership with Long Beach State University and right-hander Ty Provencher will be the latest in a long line of Dirtbags making their way to La Crosse this summer. The red-shirt sophomore was a key cog in the Dirtbags bullpen a year ago when he earned honorable mention all-Big West honors after posting a 3-0 record with a 2.33 ERA over 27 innings of work. Provencher carried his spring success over to the summer last year when he excelled for the Victoria Harbourcats of the West Coast Collegiate League. While there, Provencher posted a 5-3 record with a 3.45 ERA, striking out 56 batters in 70.1 innings en route to being named the 40th best prospect by Perfect Game.
Sophomore right-hander Matt Warren is also off to a quick start for the Creighton Blue Jays this spring. The Omaha, Neb. native is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA over a team-best 16 innings thus far, while striking out 11 and walking only two. Warren was a key part of the Blue Jays staff as a freshman in 2013 as well, posting a 3-3 record with a 4.31 ERA over 39.2 innings working both out of the bullpen and as a starter. The 6-0, 180 pound hurler also enjoyed a short, but successful stint in the Prospect League last summer when he went 0-1 with a 1.76 ERA over 15.1 innings for the Butler Blue Sox.
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