St. Cloud, MN – The St. Cloud Rox announced today that five additional players from the 2019 roster will return to the organization for the upcoming season. The returners include catcher Jack Kelly, pitchers R.J. Martinez, Blake Stelzer and Cam Kline and infielder Tyler Finke.
Kelly is a junior catcher at the University of Minnesota. In 37 games in 2019 he tallied 40 base hits including seven doubles, a triple and three home runs. Kelly finished the season with a .303 batting average, 28 runs scored and 23 runs batted in. In August he was selected to participate in the Major League Dreams Showcase.
Martinez, a junior left-handed pitcher from Minot State University, pitched in 13 games for the Rox last season, making 10 starts. He finished the season with a 6-2 record while posting a 3.64 earned run average. In 64.1 innings pitched, Martinez had a team high 56 strikeouts. He selected to represent the Great Plains Division in the Northwoods League All-Star Game and was also named a Northwoods League Postseason All-Star.
Stelzer is a senior right-handed pitcher at Concordia University-St. Paul. He pitched in relief during 22 games for the Rox during the 2019 season. Stelzer finished the season with a 3-1 record while posting a 2.19 earned run average. In 37 innings pitched he finished with a team high five saves while striking out 41 batters.
Kline, a junior right-handed pitcher at Minnesota State University-Mankato, started five games on the mound for the Rox last season. He threw 32.2 innings while finishing with a 2-1 record and a 3.30 earned run average. Kline struck out 26 batters while only walking three.
Finke is a sophomore infielder at Southeastern Louisiana University and returns to the Rox after playing in 20 games last season. He collected 11 hits including a double and triple. Finke had seven runs batted in and stole eight bases in 2019.
In total the Rox now have seven players returning for the 2020 season. Field Manager Augie Rodriguez and the Rox organization will continue to build the roster for the upcoming season.
The Rox will open their ninth season of Northwoods League baseball in 2020. For more information regarding this release, season tickets and partial season ticket packages for the 2020 season including Kwik Trip 7-Game Packs, 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 Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 26th season, the Northwoods 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 230 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Stars Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. 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.