Former Bucks Argo & Foley Haul In Honors
Waterloo, IA – A pair of former Waterloo Bucks have been honored by MiLB.com and Baseball America. Outfielder Willie Argo, a minor leaguer in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, has been named an Organizational All-Star, while pitcher Jordan Foley has been named a Top 100 college player.
Willie Argo, who played with the Bucks in 2009-2010, was named an organizational All-Star as an outfielder for Tampa Bay for the second straight year by MiLB.com. A product of the University of Illinois, Argo was also named the Most Valuable Player of the Charlotte Stone Crabs this past off-season, playing in 95 games for his Single-A Florida State League team, totaling 94 hits. The Davenport, Iowa native 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 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.
Jordan Foley, a right-handed hurler who pitched for the Bucks in 2012, was named the 37th top college baseball player for the 2014 draft by Baseball America. The Central Michigan University product enters his junior year with the Chippewas after finishing the ’13 campaign with a 6-6 record, a 3.08 ERA, and 90 strikeouts in 90.2 innings.
Foley, a native of The Colony, Texas, appeared in 11 games for Waterloo in ’12, finishing the season with a 4-3 record and a 6.23 ERA. The righty struck out 32 in 43.1 innings pitched. Foley was drafted out of high school in the 26th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees.
The Bucks will open the 2014 season on the road versus the Rochester Honkers on May 27, but return to Waterloo for their home opener versus Rochester on May 28. Season tickets and group outings are currently on sale. For more information, call the Bucks’ Ticket Line at (319) 232-5633. Fans are encouraged to stay in touch with the Bucks in the off-season by utilizing their website at www.waterloobucks.com.
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.
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