WATERLOO, Iowa – The Waterloo Bucks have announced a myriad of roster moves prior to the first game of the second half.
However, before we can talk about the newcomers, the Bucks have to say goodbye to utility player Jalen Martinez, and outfielder from Iowa Kyle Huckstorf. Both Martinez and Huckstorf found success in Waterloo with Martinez delivering the walk-off single earlier this season against the Loggers, and Huckstorf launched four home runs in his Bucks campaign.
Joining the team under previously signed second-half contracts are Karl Koerper, an outfielder from the University of Washington; and Noah Manning, a pitcher from Iowa Western Community College.
Koerper played in ten games for the Washington Huskies this season batting 2-12 with a home run and three RBI. He is in his third summer collegiate season, his first outside of Amarillo, Texas. Manning, appeared in 13 games for the Iowa Western Reivers, collecting 16 strikeouts in 13.1innings pitched.
Additionally, the Bucks have signed four new players to be activated immediately. They include Austen Price from Bryant & Stratton College (OH), Matteo Sollecito from Swarthmore College, Brodie Marino from Oregon Tech, and Levi Usher from the University of Louisville.
Price is in his first summer ball experience, same for Sollecito who went 4-1 with a 4.01 ERA for Swarthmore. Marino batted .280 for the Oregon Tech Owls with two home runs, and 36 RBI. Finally, Usher received Rawling’s Gold Glove honors as Louisville’s everyday centerfielder. Usher is also a returnee to the Bucks from the 2020 team; this season for the Cardinals, Usher batted .285 with seven home runs and 49 RBI.
The Bucks open the second half of the season against the La Crosse Loggers on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. from Copeland Park in La Crosse, Wisconsin.