Rafters Add JUCO Catcher, Texas A&M Pitcher to Roster
(Pictured: Scott Williams)
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters continued to add to their roster today by announcing the additions of catcher Scott Williams (State College of Florida-Sarasota) and right-handed pitcher Jason Freeman (Texas A&M) to the 2014 team. The State College of Florida-Sarasota is ranked #6 among all junior college baseball programs in the nation and Texas A&M is currently ranked #26 in the nation among all Division I programs.
Catcher-Scott Williams-6’2” 195 (R/R) Redshirt Freshman
Williams spent the first season of his collegiate career with the University of Virginia, where he was redshirted while recovering from injury. Having transferred after his freshman season, and now in his first season with the State College of Florida-Sarasota Manatees, Williams is among the team leaders in a number of hitting categories. Appearing in 27 games thus far, Williams boasts a .375 batting average with five doubles, one triple and one home run while driving in 17 runs. He currently ranks second on his team in hits (42) and also carries a .408 on-base percentage.
Despite missing his senior year of high school due to injury, Williams was named the top high school player in Pennsylvania in 2012 and was ranked the #171st best prospect in the nation coming out of high school. As a junior he became the first two-time captain in school history and led his team to its first ever state championship and was named to the Perfect Game All-Region 1st Team that year as well. Williams is a native of Berwyn, Pennsylvania.
RHP-Jason Freeman-6’4” 195 (L/R) Redshirt Junior
Freeman is off to a solid start for the Aggies in the 2014 season. In five relief appearances spanning 5.2 innings, he has struck out 7 while not allowing a walk. No stranger to summer collegiate baseball, Freeman joins the Rafters after spending the 2013 summer with the Brazos Valley Bombers of the Texas Collegiate League. He compiled a 4-0 record and notched three saves in 27 innings of relief work last summer with the Broncos. Freeman scattered 20 hits and struck out 35 on his way to posting a superb 2.00 ERA. Freeman is a native of Mansfield, Texas.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 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 Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), 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.raftersbaseball.com.