Mallards continue to rework roster amidst rash of injuries

Madison, WI – July 31, 2009. The Madison Mallards coaching staff continues to reshape their roster as the team has added four new players in the last week to help cope with the loss of three others.

Below is a summary of the team’s most recent transactions: (in alphabetical order)

Jared Anderson, So., IF, Winona State University. This past spring for the Warriors, Anderson was named to the NSIC 1st Team All-Conference after hitting .383 with 16 doubles, 5 home runs, 99 RBI, and 10 stolen bases in 12 attempts. In 2008 he hit .388 with 6 doubles and 11 RBI. Anderson is a native of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota.

Ross Hellenbrand, Jr., RHP, Winona State University. A native of Middleton, Wisconsin, Hellenbrand went 8-3 with a 5.56 ERA in 69.2 innings pitched this past spring for the Warriors. He threw two complete games and struck out 51 batters over that span. Hellenbrand was named to the NSIC All-Conference Second Team a year after receiving the same award in 2008.

Alex Jones, Fr., IF, Northern Illinois. Jones joins the Mallards after hitting .327 with 9 doubles, 4 triples, and 33 RBI through 47 games this past spring for the Huskies. So far with Madison, Jones has appeared in three games and has a hit in two plate appearances. He is a native of Kansas City, Kansas.

Patrick Lala, Fr., RHP, Kirkwood CC (Iowa). Lala was 3-3 with a 4.86 ERA over 40.1 innings, while striking out 45 hitters. He has appeared in two games for the Mallards since being signed on July 26 and has a 1.50 ERA over 6 innings pitched. He has struck out five batters. Lala is a native of Marion, Iowa.

Have been waived: (in alphabetical order)

Brashad Johnson, Fr., IF, Des Moines Area CC. Brashad left the team after Thursday’s game due to a prior committment that was planned before he signed with the Mallards. He did hit his first home run of the season in last night’s loss and in total hit .200 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI over 11 games.

Brandon Johnson, RHP, Jr., Western Carolina. A two-year Mallard, Johnson left the team due to an arm injury after posting a 7.71 ERA over 4.2 innings (all in relief) while walking 6 batters in 5 appearances. In 2008 he went 4-4 with a 4.50 ERA over 44 innings.

Derek Self, Fr., RHP, Louisville. Like Brandon, Self left the team due to an injured throwing arm after posting a 2-2 record and 3.29 ERA over 27.1 innings, including 3 starts. His best performance came on July 9 when he didn’t allow an earned run in eight innings of work to pick up his second win of the season.