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Published On: April 18th, 2019

Mankato, Minn. — The Mankato MoonDogs are excited to announce the signing of four more players to the 2019 roster including two right-handed pitchers, an outfielder and an infielder. Carter Holt and Will Smith will take the mound for the MoonDogs, while Jacob Sniffin will roam the outfield and Cuba Bess can play either first base or catcher.

Cuba Bess – Grand Canyon University

The catcher/first baseman from Fruita, Colorado has signed to play for the MoonDogs this season. Bess is having a career season for GCU in his redshirt-sophomore season as he is currently hitting .344 in 26 games played including nine doubles, eight home runs and 22 RBI. On April 2 against UNLV, Bess went three-for-five at the plate, while recording a double, triple and a home run with two RBI.

Carter Holt – Arkansas State

The 6’5”, 225 pound right-hander will be playing his first summer with the MoonDogs. The sophomore has a season and a half under his belt for Arkansas State. Over that time, he has accumulated 61.2 innings pitched in 19 appearances (11 starts) with 41 strikeouts and 38 walks. One of his better outings so far in 2019 was on Feb. 26 against Mississippi Valley where he went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out 10 batters.

Will Smith – Seattle University

Standing 6’7”, the right-handed transfer from Edmonds CC to Seattle will be spending his first summer in Mankato. In his first season with the Redhawks, Smith has made eight appearances with four starts and struck out 17 batters across 19 innings for nearly a strikeout per an inning. While at Edmonds CC, he was named Northwest Athletic Conference First Team and First Team North Region.

Jacob Sniffin – University of Hawaii

A junior out of San Diego, California will play the outfield for the MoonDogs this summer after playing three seasons with the Rainbow Warriors. Sniffin has started a career high 10 games and played in another eight for a total of 18 appearances in 2019. He also has a career high three doubles on the season so far to go along with six walks.

The MoonDogs begin the season with a home game against the Willmar Stingers on Tuesday, May 28, with first pitch scheduled at 7:05 pm.


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