MANKATO, MN—The Mankato MoonDogs, a member of the Northwood’s League, are excited to announce the addition of four more pitchers to the 2016 roster. Kevin Yarabinec, Youngstown State, Brandon Radmacher, North Dakota, Jeremy Quinlan, Youngstown State, and Conner Herd, Mercer, are the newest members of the MoonDogs’ 2016 pitching staff.
Kevin Yarabinec is a 6’3” righty coming into 2016 after an injury limited him to just three appearances in 2015. During his freshman season, Yarabinec was voted to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team after posting a 2-2 record with a 2.22 ERA, striking out 24 in 24.1 innings. He started his career at Youngstown State by not allowing a run in his first six appearances or a hit in his first five.
Yarabinec was a two-time Region 2 Pitcher of the Year his junior and senior seasons at Sharpsville High School in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania. He also earned All-Region honors his senior season at shortstop while helping lead his team to the league title.
Yarabinec is not the only Penguin coming to the MoonDogs this summer, as teammate and fellow RHP Jeremy Quinlan will also be on the roster. Quinlan led the Penguins pitching staff in starts, wins and strikeouts as a sophomore in 2015. In 2014, as a freshman, Quinlan was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team for throwing a complete game playoff victory against Wright State, allowing just one run.
Quinlan does more than just play baseball, however, and as a senior in 2013 at Brookfield High School in Brookfield, Ohio, Quinlan was named the Tribune Chronicle’s Male Athlete of the Year for his performances in baseball, basketball and football. Quinlan was Second-Team All-Ohio at the Division III level in basketball when he posted 23.2 PPG and 11.3 RPG while leading Brookfield High to a 19-4 record. In football Quinlan started at QB and safety, totaling 2,482 all-purpose yards with 27 total touchdowns to go along with 76 tackles and 6 interceptions on the other side of the ball.
The MoonDogs are also adding a Canadian, Brandon Radmacher. Radmacher is currently pitching at the University of North Dakota after spending two seasons out in California pitching for the College of San Mateo, a member of the California Community College Baseball Association. While at the College of San Mateo, Radmacher helped pitch his team to the Super Regional Championship. He is currently majoring in Psychology at the University of North Dakota.
The fourth pitcher that the MoonDogs have added to their roster is Connor Herd, LHP coming to Mankato out of Mercer University. Herd is a Minnesota native, growing up north of Mankato in Cologne, Minnesota, where he attended Holy Family Catholic High School. Having lettered in baseball at Holy Family Catholic three times, Herd earned All-State, All-Conference and Second Team All-Metro recognition as a senior. In the 2012 season, Herd recorded the final out in the Minnesota Class AA State Championship as his Fire took home the title.
So far at Mercer, Herd has seen time both coming out of the bullpen and as a starter for the Bears. In his freshman campaign of 2015, Herd appeared in 11 games, seven of which were starts. He was able to go 2-2 with a 5.64 ERA recording 14 strikeouts in 30.1 innings of work. His first career victory came against Bethune-Cookman after allowing just one run over 5.1 innings on the bump.
The MoonDogs’ home opener is scheduled for Friday, June 3rd at 7:05 p.m. against the Rochester Honkers at Franklin Rogers Park. Season and single game tickets are now on sale, call 507-625-7047 or visit the MoonDogs’ office at 1221 Caledonia Street in Mankato for more information.
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 23-year old summer collegiate 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 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com
The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2016, 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 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.mankatomoondogs.com