WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters would like to welcome a pair of sophomore pitchers, left-hander Ben Adams and right-hander Creighton Hansen.
Adams is playing his sophomore season at St. John’s University. He is a native of Ottawa, Ontario. Adams was ranked as the sixth-best pitching prospect in Ontario by Perfect Game in the 2020 class. He has only made one start thus far in 2022, as he pitched 4.0 innings, giving up four hits, one earned run, and striking out two against Middle Tennessee State University. Adams was an honor roll student in high school and his favorite athlete is Justin Verlander.
“I am looking forward to playing against good competition and seeing what the environment will be like in Wisconsin Rapids,” said Adams. “My time at college has taught me that you need to trust the process. Things come easier to some people, but if you continue to work hard, it will pay off.”
Creighton Hansen is a sophomore at Wichita State University. He is a native of Grapevine, Texas. Out of high school, Hansen was ranked as the 80th best right-handed pitcher in Texas by Perfect Game. In 2021, he threw 11.2 innings over eight appearances. Hansen won a state championship in baseball as a junior and senior, as well as being named academic all-state as a senior.
“I look forward to getting a taste of what it’s like to play pro ball. The schedule is as close as it gets to playing an MLB/MiLB schedule at this level,” said Hansen. “Nobody is going to feel 100% every time they’re out there, but I feel well equipped to go out there and get it done. I’m super excited to see some fans in the stands for summer games and have some energy from the fans.”
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 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’ 27th 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 245 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 (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Star Jordan Zimmermann (DET). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rafters as your favorite team.