MANKATO-Minn. The Mankato MoonDogs Baseball Club, a member of the Northwoods League is excited to announce the additions of pitcher Taylor Elman along with outfielder Brett Murray to the 2014 MoonDogs roster.
Elman, a 6-foot-3-inch 180-pound sophomore at Creighton University appeared in 13 games for the Blue Jays as a freshman, including two starts. This season, the right-hander has pitched 31.2 innings good for second most on the team.
"Elman is a guy who can pitch in the upper eighties and has a good breaking ball," MoonDogs Field Manager Mike Orchard said. "He can go either way for us as far as starting or in the bullpen."
Murray, a 5-foot-11-inch 190-pound sophomore is in his first year with the Blue Jays. As a freshman at Hill Junior College, he appeared in 53 games and finished with a .336 batting average and 40 RBI. He also earned all-conference second team recognition.
"Murray will play right field for us and bat in the five hole," Orchard said. "He has a good stroke at the plate and should be perfect for the middle of the order."
This season Murray is currently batting .261 with 8 RBI and has yet to commit an error in 23 games in the outfield.
The MoonDogs home opener is scheduled for Wednesday, May 28 at 7:05 p.m. against the Alexandria Blue Anchors at Franklin Rogers Park. Season tickets are now on sale at the MoonDogs office located at 1221 Caledonia Street.
The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live and free of charge via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit www.mankatomoondogs.com.