MANKATO- Minn. The Mankato MoonDogs, a member of the Northwoods League are excited to announce four more additions to the 2017 roster. Logan Alleman and Ethan Valdez join the MoonDogs from Nicholls State University and Jake Johnson and Michael Feliz come from Notre Dame.
Logan Alleman is a 6'7", 205 lb. right-handed pitcher the MoonDogs hope will be an imposing figure on the mound this summer. Despite his freshman status, Alleman has appeared out of the bullpen for the Colonels three times this spring and was the winning pitcher in his last outing against Texas Southern on April 1st. In that game threw 23 pitches, striking out two in 1.0 innings pitched. For the season, Alleman holds a 3.86 ERA with 3 strikeouts and a pair of walks.
Alleman will be joined on the MoonDogs by his teammate Ethan Valdez, a 5'10",180 lb. sophomore who has had a strong season in the infield at Nicholls State. Valdez started the spring playing mostly second base but is capable of playing any infield position and has shifted to third base for the last half dozen games. Valdez is currently hitting .192, with 13 RBI, 4 doubles, 1 triple, and 2 home runs. He has also drawn 8 walks and has 12 strikeouts at the plate. Valdez hits mostly second in the Colonel lineup. Nicholls State sent catcher Alex Tucker and outfielder Gavin Wehby to the MoonDogs last summer.
Jake Johnson, a 6'0", 190 lb. Junior will add to the MoonDogs outfield depth out of Notre Dame. Johnson has been a regular starter in each of the past three seasons for the Fighting Irish, including 23 games so far this spring. Hitting second in the Notre Dame lineup, Johnson is hitting for a .256 AVG in 86 at bats with 11 RBI, 7 doubles, 2 triples, and a home run. He also has drawn 11 walks and has a .356 on-base percentage. In the field, Johnson has committed zero errors and made 38 putouts from his regular position in left field.
Michael Feliz is a 5'11", 201 lb. freshman shortstop who has appeared in two games for the Fighting Irish this spring. Before joining Notre Dame, Feliz played for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida where he hit .400 as a senior and was rated as New Jersey's top shortstop by Perfect Game USA, as well as the Garden State's No. 12 overall prospect. He has a brother, Eric who also plays for Notre Dame. Last season Notre Dame sent Jake Shepski to play for the MoonDogs.
MoonDogs home opener is scheduled for May 31st at 7:05pm at Franklin Rogers Park. Tickets can be purchased online at http://northwoodsleague.com/mankato-moondogs/ or by calling (507)-625-7047.
The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd 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 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 portal. For more information, visitwww.mankatomoondogs.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the MoonDogs as your favorite team.
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 20 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 160 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.