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TRIO OF FORMER BUCKS HONORED WITH YEAR-END MILB AWARDS

 

Waterloo, IA – With professional baseball’s season ending, three former Waterloo Bucks have been honored for their play in 2013. Willie Argo, Ryan Goins, and Jason Krizan all have won awards for their efforts this past summer.
 
Outfielder Willie Argo, who played with the Bucks in 2009-2010, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The University of Illinois product appeared in 95 games for his Single-A Florida State League team, totaling 94 hits. Argo, a native of Davenport, Iowa, hit .308 with 18 doubles, 58 runs scored, four home runs, and 37 stolen bases.
 
With Waterloo, Argo, who was drafted in the 22nd round by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2012 MLB Amateur Entry Draft, hit for a .219 average in 99 games, stealing 41 bases, good for seventh on the Bucks all-time list.
 
The Toronto Blue Jays have honored infielder Ryan Goins of the Buffalo Bisons with their annual R. Howard Webster Award, naming Goins their Triple-A Most Valuable Player. Goins, who played with Waterloo in 2008, hit .257 in a team-high 111 games with Buffalo to go along with 22 doubles, six home runs, 46 RBI, and 42 runs.
 
Goins, who is a native of Round Rock, Texas, made his major league debut on August 23, 2013, becoming the 11th former Buck to make it to the show, joining Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes, Miami Marlins pitcher Dan Jennings, and Detroit Tigers Evan Reed as former Bucks who are active Major Leaguers.
 
The Dallas Baptist University product led Waterloo with a .318 batting average and a team high 12 doubles in 2008. Goins was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Blue Jays.
 
Outfielder Jason Krizan, who was a teammate of Goins at Dallas Baptist, was a recipient of a 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence at his position. Krizan, who played with the Bucks in 2009, committed just one error in 185 total chances for the Lakeland Flying Tigers of the Florida State League. 
 
The Austin, Texas native racked up a .282 average with 41 hits and 12 RBI during his season with Waterloo. Krizan was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the eighth round of the 2011 MLB Draft and was the 257th pick overall.
 
The Bucks will be back in action in late-spring of 2014.  The 2014 Northwoods League schedule is expected to be released this fall. 
 
The Waterloo Bucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League.  Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including MLB All-Stars Max Scherzer (DET), Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYY), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB).  All league games are viewable live and free of charge via the Northwoods League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit www.waterloobucks.com.