Krizan Makes MLB Debut with Giants
Waterloo, IA – Former Waterloo Bucks outfielder Jason Krizan was called up to the big leagues Friday by the San Francisco Giants. Krizan joins Texas Rangers pitcher Dane Dunning and Oakland A’s pitcher A.J. Puk as former Bucks who are active Major Leaguers. After starting in left field for San Francisco last night, Krizan became the 20th former Buck to make his MLB debut.
A product of Dallas Baptist University, Krizan played for Waterloo in 2009. An eighth-round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers in 2011, the outfielder finished his one season with the Bucks with a .283 average in 37 games. In 172 plate appearances, the Austin, Texas native hit one home run with 12 RBI and four stolen bases while in Waterloo.
Krizan has played 1,132 games in the minor leagues and was named a MiLB.com Organization All-Star for the Giants in 2021. This season for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, Krizan is hitting .213 with a home run and 7 RBI.
|WATERLOO BUCKS ALUMNI TO MAKE IT TO THE SHOW|
|PLAYER||MLB DEBUT||DEBUT TEAM||SEASONS WITH BUCKS|
|Matt Cepicky||7/31/2002||Montreal Expos||1997|
|Wes Obermueller||9/20/2002||Kansas City Royals||1996|
|Jeff Duncan||5/20/2003||New York Mets||1998|
|Jimmy Journell||6/29/2003||St. Louis Cardinals||1997|
|Clint Barmes||9/5/2003||Colorado Rockies||1999-2000|
|Tim Gradoville||None**||Philadelphia Phillies||2001|
|Curtis Thigpen||6/6/2007||Toronto Blue Jays||2002|
|Willie Collazo||9/5/2007||New York Mets||1999|
|Dan Jennings||4/30/2012||Miami Marlins||2006-07|
|Evan Reed||5/16/2013||Detroit Tigers||2005|
|Brandon Bantz||6/8/2013||Seattle Mariners||2007|
|Ryan Goins||8/23/2013||Toronto Blue Jays||2008|
|James Jones||4/18/2014||Seattle Mariners||2008|
|Cameron Perkins||6/20/2017||Philadelphia Phillies||2011|
|Eric Stout||4/25/2018||Kansas City Royals||2013|
|Kevin Kaczmarski||6/24/2018||New York Mets||2012 & 2014|
|AJ Puk||8/21/2019||Oakland Athletics||2014|
|Zach McKinstry||9/16/2020||Los Angeles Dodgers||2015|
|Dakota Bacus||8/9/2020||Washington Nationals||2011|
|Dane Dunning||8/19/2020||Chicago White Sox||2014|
|Jason Krizan||4/29/2022||San Francisco Giants||2009|
|** denotes called up to MLB, but never played|
The 2021 Great Plains East Champion Bucks open their 2022 season at home on Monday, May 30 versus the St. Cloud Rox. Cost Cutters Field at Riverfront Stadium, home of the Bucks, welcomed a new state of the art video board in 2016 thanks to a matching grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association. Team ownership has invested nearly $400,000 in stadium improvements since the end of the 2014 season including group outing areas, painted bleachers, public Wi-Fi, sound system, kids zone inflatables, wiffle ball field, and concessions equipment. Fans are encouraged to stay in touch with the Bucks by utilizing their website at www.waterloobucks.com or utilizing the Northwoods League Mobile App.
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The Waterloo Bucks 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’ 28th 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 280 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com. For more information, visit www.waterloobucks.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Bucks as your favorite team.