Waterloo, IA – The Waterloo Bucks, a member of the Northwoods League have announced the re-signing of infielder Connor McClain as well as two right-handed pitchers, Shane Trattles and Thomas Cardona. McClain redshirted this past season at Indiana State and was with Waterloo earlier this season. Trattles is a junior who comes to us from Ridgewater Community College and Cardona is a junior at the New York Institute of Technology.
Earlier this summer, McClain tallied 38 at-bats in 12 games. In those 38 at-bats, the Waterloo native had 11 hits (.289) with two doubles, one triple and eight RBI. He scored seven runs, walked eight times and struck out 11 times. He redshirted this past season at Indiana State. In 2011 at Hutchinson Community College, McClain hit .342 with 52 hits, three home runs, 35 RBI and 35 runs scored as a freshman. At Waterloo West High School, he earned two first team all-state and all-conference selections in three seasons under head coach Jeremy Langner.
Trattles appeared in 23 games this past season and tallied 37 innings pitched for Ridgewater. He compiled 21 strikeouts as compared to seven walks to go with a 3-3 record and a 4.38 ERA. He is from Sauk Centre, Minnesota.
Cardona received a medical redshirt this past season at New York Tech and is a native of Bronx, New York. In 2011, he made seven starts and pitched a total of 43 innings. Over that time, he posted a 2-3 record with an ERA of 4.40. Cardona also struck out 29 batters and walked just 20. Opponents had a batting average of .277 against him. Earlier in the summer, he made six appearances for the Sag Harbor Whalers of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. He went 6.2 innings and had an ERA of 4.05, striking out seven and walking six.
This puts the roster at 24 active.
Tonight, the Bucks are in Rochester taking on the Honkers in the second of a two-game set. Saturday, they begin a two-game weekend series in Alexandria to take on the Beetles. First pitch is at 7:05 for game one and 3:05 p.m. for a Sunday matinee.