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Published On: March 27th, 2019

The Mankato MoonDogs are excited to announce four more players who will be joining the team for the 2019 season.  Brett Newberg, James Gargano, Carson Childers, and Trevor Smisek will head to Mankato this summer to play for new field manager Matt Wollenzin.

Newberg, a senior from Austin Peay, is returning to Mankato for an unprecedented fourth season as a MoonDog.  Over the last three summers, the left-handed pitcher has posted a 15-4 record, a 2.82 ERA, and 100 strikeouts.  He will become the first ever four-year MoonDog.

Gargano, a sophomore outfielder from Naperville, IL, comes to Mankato from Butler University.  In 2018, Gargano made 35 starts for the Bulldogs, posting a .277 batting average, the fifth-highest on the team.  During his senior year of high school, he was named the 2017 Chicago Tribune/Naperville Sun Player of the Year.

Childers, from Round Rock, TX, is a redshirt freshman out of Angelo St. University.  The right-handed pitcher was scheduled to be a redshirt freshman in 2018, but had to have Tommy John surgery.  In high school, Childers threw a no-hitter for Round Rock High School.

Smisek, a junior from Le Center, MN, is a left-handed pitcher from St. Leo University.  He came to the Lions after transferring from Ellsworth Community College.  In his sophomore season, Smisek threw 49.2 innings, posting a 3-6 record with a 6.34 ERA and 50 strikeouts.


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