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Rox Strengthen Pitching Staff with Addition of Five Players

 

St. Cloud, MN – The St. Cloud Rox Baseball Club announced today that the organization has strengthened its pitching staff with the addition of five more pitchers to its roster in preparation for the 2019 Northwoods League season.

The new additions to St. Cloud include left-handed pitcher Lucas Gather (California-Berkeley), right-handed pitcher Ben Dotzler (Creighton), left-handed pitcher RJ Martinez (Minot State), left-handed pitcher Trevor Koenig (St. Cloud State) and returning right-handed pitcher Joey Stock (St. John’s).

Gather, a California native, is in his freshman season at the University of California-Berkeley in 2019. Prior to joining the Bears, Gather attended Roseville High School, where he earned first team all-conference honors in 2017 and second team all-conference honors in both 2016 and 2018. Gather was also named Rawlings Perfect Game Preseason All-American Underclass High School Honorable Mention in 2017 and is currently ranked as the No. 135 left-handed pitcher in the nation by Rawlings Perfect Game. So far in 2019, Gather has appeared in eight games and pitched a total of 10.1 innings on the mound for California-Berkeley. He holds a record of 1-0 while having given up just 12 hits, eight runs and striking out seven.

Dotzler, an Iowa native, is currently in his junior campaign at Creighton University this spring. Dotzler spent his first two seasons playing at Iowa Western Community College before transferring to Creighton. At Iowa Western, Dotzler built a combined record of 11-0 on the mound, including going 5-0 in 11 appearances in 2018, pitching a total of 38.2 innings with a 2.70 ERA and 45 strikeouts. Prior to college, Dotzler attended Odebolt-Arthur and Battle Creek-Ida Grove High School, where he was a four-time All-Conference first team selection and recorded three no-hitters during his senior season. So far this spring, Dotzler has totaled 11.1 innings in five appearances on the hill for Creighton. With a 3.97 ERA, he has given up just 11 hits, five runs, four walks with seven strikeouts.

Martinez, a California native, is in his junior season at Minot State University in 2019. Martinez played his first two years of college baseball at Yavapai College in Arizona before transferring to Minot State before this season. With Tavapai, he made a total of 25 appearances on the mound, finishing with a combined record of 4-2 along with 58 strikeouts in 46 innings of work. Prior to college, Martinez went to Valley View High School in Moreno Valley, California. So far in 2019, Martinez holds a record of 2-1 with an ERA of 3.29 in five appearances for the Beavers. With one complete-game win this spring, Martinez had totaled 27.1 innings on the mound this season, having given up just 10 earned runs, six walks and recording 27 strikeouts.

Koenig, a St. Cloud native and Tech High School graduate, is currently in his sophomore year at St. Cloud State University. In his freshman year with the Huskies in 2018, Koenig made 10 appearances and finished with a 2-1 record with 23 strikeouts. Prior to coming to St. Cloud State, Koenig attended Tech High School, where he was drafted in the 40th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers as a senior. A three-time letterwinner in baseball, Koenig earned All-Area Player of the Year and All-State awards for the Tigers. He finished with a career ERA of 1.80 and set school records with 177 strikeouts and 17 victories. So far in 2019, Koenig has appeared in four games for St. Cloud State, totaling 6.1 innings with a 2.84 ERA and one save. He has given up six hits, two runs and no walks, while striking out nine.

Stock, a Cold Spring native and St. John’s Prep graduate who played with the Rox in 2018, is in his junior year at St. John’s University in Collegeville. In St. Cloud last summer, Stock appeared in six games and totaled 5.2 innings on the hill for the Rox. With one save, he gave up 11 hits, five earned runs and struck out seven. During his sophomore campaign at St. John’s in 2018, Stock made 18 appearances in the field and six appearances on the mound for the Johnnies. At the plate, he finished with a .310 batting average, four home runs and 20 RBI. On the mound, he went 1-0 with a 3.16 ERA and 21 strikeouts. So far this season, Stock has appeared in two games on the mound and 15 games in the field. On the mound, he holds a record of 1-1 in six innings of work, haven given up seven hits and four earned runs with 10 strikeouts. At the plate, Stock is batting .298 with 14 hits, 14 runs scored, eight RBI, two home runs and two stolen bases.

Field Manager Augie Rodriguez and the Rox organization will continue to build the roster for the upcoming season. To date, the Rox have 19 players signed for the 2019 season. To view the full roster, click here.

The Rox will open their eighth season of Northwoods League baseball in 2019. The Rox home opener is Saturday, June 1 at 7:05 p.m., featuring post-game fireworks presented by Coborn’s. To view and download the full 2019 Rox schedule, click here. For more information regarding this release, 7-Game Packs, season tickets or partial season ticket packages for the 2019 season, please contact the Rox front office at 320-240-9798 or visit www.stcloudrox.com.

The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.stcloudrox.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rox as your favorite team.