MANKATO, Minn.- The Mankato MoonDogs Baseball Club, a member of the Northwoods League, is excited to announce the commitment of pitchers Austin Kamel and Austin Warner for the 2014 MoonDogs season.
Kamel, a towering six-foot-seven-inch, 220-pound sophomore accumulated a 1.18 ERA as a starter for Oxnard college this spring. He currently has a 5-2 record in 10 appearances, posting 55 strikeouts.
"Kamel is a left-hander who is talented and is one of Oxnard's best pitchers," said MoonDogs field manager Mike Orchard. "He's a guy who pitches at the top of the junior college rotation and I think he can come over and pitch well for us."
Kamel signed a letter of intent to play for Brigham Young University next season. His size combined with the ability to throw 87 to 91 mph makes him an imposing figure on the mound.
Warner, a five-foot-ten-inch, 170-pound sophomore has a 3.54 ERA this spring with Bellarmine University. He has appeared in 7 games for the Knights with 40.2 innings pitched and 22 strikeouts. Before coming to Bellarmine, Warner earned All-District honors and recorded 19 strikeouts in a single game for Trinity High School.
"Warner is more of a contact pitcher who doesn't walk a lot of hitters," Orchard said. "He will most likely be a reliable option for us in the bullpen."
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.