(Mankato, MN)– The Mankato MoonDogs Baseball Club, a member of the Northwoods League, are enthusiastic to announce the signing of two more returning players as they fill their opening day roster. Left-handed pitcher Alex Burgos (State College of Florida) and infielder Troy Larson (University of Minnesota) were key contributors to the MoonDogs success last season.
Burgos, a 5’11’’ 170 lb. sophomore, had a stand-out season with the MoonDogs, tying for second in wins with four and had an ERA of 1.80 over 50 innings pitched. Last season Burgos was third amongst pitchers in appearances with 17. One of these appearances was an outstanding relief win against Waterloo, posting seven strike outs in four innings, winning 1-0.
Last season with State College of Florida Alex recorded three wins, 47 strike outs, in 55.2 innings pitched.
Field Manager Mike Orchard said, "Once he got acclimated he was one of our best pitchers. He pitched without fear, and could spin a nice breaking ball.”
Larson, a 6’0’’ 175 lb. red shirt freshman, had a productive 17 game showing last year with a .292 batting average. Larson’s performance last season with the MoonDogs earned him a full-time spot on the team for the 2010 summer.
"Larson earned a spot on the team by understanding the game, providing quality at bats, and doing the right thing on the field,” commented Orchard.
At Hill-Murray High School (Maplewood, MN) Larson earned All-State and All-Metro recognition during his senior season.
The Mankato MoonDogs Home Opener is scheduled for Wednesday, June 2 at 7:05 against the Rochester Honkers. Single game tickets will go on sale in early May. Season tickets are now on sale at the new MoonDogs office located 1221 Caledonia Street. For more information visit the MoonDogs website at www.mankatomoondogs.com or call the MoonDogs Office at 507-625-7047.