The Madison Mallards have received written commitments from several of their top pitchers today. The expansion club has signed the following pitchers to date:
Name School Ht & Wt Year ERA W-L IP SO SV CG G S
Chris Goodman U. of Arizona 6?0? ? 175 FR. 4.91 3-1 55 37 0 0 14 10
Matt Moran UC Santa Barbara 6?3? ? 225 JR. 7.29 1-1 21 27 0 0 14 0
James Dayley Utah Valley State 6?2? ? 185 SO. 3.07 3-2 44 54 0 4 8 7
Goodman & Dayley are projected to be two of the top starters for the Mallards. Moran, a power pitcher who was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 20th round of the ?99 draft, should be an important arm out of the pen.
Mallards Manager Marc Rardin had this to say, ?Chris is a guy that I recruited out of High School and unfortunately for us he decided on Arizona (Rardin is currently coaching at Yavapai JC in Arizona.) I feel 100% confident that I can count on Chris for a quality start every fifth day.? Rardin added that ?Given he will have a full year as one of the top starters at an excellent U of A program in the potent PAC 10 ? as a freshman ? I really believe Chris will do some special things in this league.?
On Dayley Rardin said, ?I just saw him throw for the first time last week and he definitely has the makings and composure of an ace type pitcher.? Rardin went on to say that ?he is a real hard throwing, big kid, who is already enjoying quite a bit of success in college, and once he gets a crack at pitching against the wood bats in the Northwoods League (all college teams use aluminum bats) he should be able to take more advantage of pitching inside and sawing a few of these guys bats off.?
Moran, who along with Mallards Catcher Dusty Brown, has forgone his opportunity to play affiliated pro ball to finish off his degree and come play for the Mallards this summer. Director of Marketing Vern Stenman added ?Since Matt is 22 he will be counted to be a leader both on the field and in the community for a group of very young players that are mostly between the ages of 18 & 20.? ?A guy like this who has some experience, has been drafted and is very competitive is really invaluable on any club? continued Stenman.
The Mallards play a 64 game schedule this summer with the first home game being June 2 at 7:05 vs. the Wausau Woodchucks. Season tickets are available now for only $150 now at the Mallards office at Warner Park