Pair of Juniors Set to Join Rafters this Summer
Rafters bring in two RHP’s; Graf returning from 2016
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. –The Rafters have signed right-handed pitcher Mason McReaken of SIU-Edwardsville, a teammate of Rafters outfielder Dustin Woodcock. Joining McReaken on the pitching staff will be a familiar face in Keaton Graf, who pitched with the team before injuring his arm a season ago.
The Rafters are excited to announce the signing of right-handed pitcher Mason McReaken from SIU Edwardsville. In his first season with SIUE, the Centralia, Illinois native has appeared in 18 games, all out of the bullpen. McReaken has already notched six saves in 36 innings, while boasting an ERA of 3.03. The Rafter-to-be has a strikeout rate of nearly nine per nine innings on the hill. McReaken started his career at Kaskaskia Community College where he served as the teams closer. He finished his sophomore year with a 3-5 record and a team-high six saves. He struck out 58 hitters in nearly 53 innings pitched. As a freshman, McReaken owned a 4-1 mark with an ERA of 1.72.
Set to return to Rapids this summer is Keaton Graf of New Mexico State. Before an injury in 2016 forced Graf to end his summer with the Rafters, the right-handed pitcher appeared in three games, picking up a win against Green Bay in a two-inning stint. This year at the division one level, the righty has pitched eight innings, striking out ten batters for the Aggies. Before attending New Mexico State, Graf started his college career at two community colleges. He first began with Cowley CC before transferring to Johnson County CC in 2016. With Johnson County, Graf pitched to a 3-3 record, while holding a 3.13 ERA in 25 relief outings.
The season and home opener for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters is May 30th at 7:05 against the Kenosha Kingfish. Single game tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at raftersbaseball.com, by calling 715-424-5400, or stopping by the Rafters Front Office at Witter Field Monday-Friday from 9-5.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 24th season of summer collegiate baseball in 2017, 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 140 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com.