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Published On: May 14th, 2022

Mankato, Minn– With the season closing in fast we have to get all of our great players announced! A six pack of MoonDogs! Today we have Orlando Salinas Jr, Bryce Richter, Thomas Brass, Weston Lombard, Derek Shoen, Noah Gresie, and Bryce Sherwood! 


Orlando Salinas Jr

One of the top prospects from the state of Texas is joining the MoonDogs in Orlando Salinas Jr. Orlando was ranked at the number 18 prospect in the state of Texas his senior year, and has lived up to the ranking at both universities he has attended. He is currently at the University Of Kansas State and has 19 RBIS in 20 games played! He previously at Oklahoma State. Orlando has had many big moments in his career, one of them being his first collegiate game where he hit a home run! Orlando plays with a lot of passion, and we can’t wait to see what this Business Major brings to Mankato. 



Bryce Richter 

The first temporary player introduced is Bryce Richter!  Richter is the second Lion we get to Introduce to the MoonDogs. The North Alabama product is a right handed pitcher with a killer mix! He’s pitched sparingly for the Lions this season, but the sophomore brings its! Richter is originally from Minnesota, specifically Excelsior Minnesota. The Orange and Black is going to look good on the hometown kid Richter! 



Thomas Bruss 

We keep on highlighting our new pitchers with Thomas Bruss. Bruss is an absolute beast on the hill. Clocking in at Augustana college at 6-8 and 280 pounds! This season for the Vikings he has a 3.38 ERA in 13.1 innings pitched so far. Not only is he a great addition, but another in-state product from Rochester Minnesota! This is where Thomas belongs for the 2022 season, at home for the MoonDogs!



Weston Lombard 

After two righties get introduced, it’s only fitting to throw a little spice in there with a lefty.  The spice on top of the meal is Weston Lombard. Lombard is a left handed pitcher from the University of San Francisco. He has been a staple for the Dons this year chucking 34.1 innings in 13 games for the Dons this season. Lombard is an innings eater, and having a lefty on the team is always helpful! We can’t wait to see what Weston can do! 



Derek Shoen 

It’s been a plethora of pitchers, and it’s time to introduce a position player finally! Well kind of! Derek Shoen is a infidler/pitcher from the University of Mary. Shoen really is a do it all player for the Marders. Allowing no runs in nine innings pitched, along with batting .346 with 13 home runs and 48 RBIS! He also boasts a 1.189 OPS! Shoen could be the ‘Dogs’ version of Shohei! 




Noah Gresie 

A sophomore from the University of Omaha-Nebraska is Noah Gresie! Gresie does a little bit of it all, but expect him to be in the infielder this summer for Mankato! Noah for his school has one home run and sixteen RBIS for the Mavericks! Noah brings a great smiler, and an even better attitude to the field! Mankato is going to love having Noah at ISG Field! 





The 21st season of MoonDogs baseball begins with the Duluth Huskies coming to Mankato on May 30th at ISG Field.





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