New Guys

It’s been a week of player movement for the Connecticut Tigers. With the new position players added and the revamped look to the lineup, I thought I would look at the new player additions in depth.

Jake Stewart: He was drafted by the Tigers in the 9th round out of Stanford University where he was a three-year starting center fielder for the Cardinal. He hit .294 as the leadoff hitter for the Cardinal this spring, a team that went to the NCAA Super Regional and fell just short of the College World Series by losing to Florida State. He ended his college career on a 12-game hitting streak. Stewart stole just 16 bases over his three year college career.

Tyler Hanover: He made an immediate impact in his first professional start on Friday at Tri-City, leading the team with four hits. He was drafted in the 33rd round out of Louisiana State University, where he played second and third base.  A former Cape League All-Star in 2009 and 2010, Hanover played with Yarmouth-Dennis.

Wes Thigpen: The former Mississippi State Bulldog came to Norwich last weekend. He appeared in just three games for the Lakeland Flying Tigers this spring after spending a majority of the spring with the Tigers Extended Spring Training Program. He will serve primarily as the backup catcher for Benett Pickar.

Luis Cortez: He came to the Tigers from the GCL Tigers on Friday. According to manager Andrew Graham he has a plus arm and plays tremendous defense. Cortez will be learning at this level how to how to hit. The spot was created for him when IF Jared Reaves moved to West Michigan on Friday.

Josh Turley: It is unknown how the Tigers will use him. A college starter and 16th round pick of the Tigers out of Baylor University, he logged 110 innings with the Bears this spring.

Tonight the Tigers wrap it up on the road. See ya at Dodd tomorrow for our “Sunday Funday”.

6:50 airtime on WICH tonight.


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