White, Spangler to Join Sox
Outfielder Ty White will provide the Sox lineup with another left-handed bat that has some power. He has started all 21 of Arkansas State's games this season where he is hitting at a .291/.337/.372 clip with three doubles and two triples. He has already knocked in 13 runs in 86 at-bats. His speedhe is 4-for-5 in stolen base attemptswill come in handy in the vast outfield at the KAP.
"Ty has experienced success at the JUCO and collegiate level, and that is something we were looking for at the time we signed him," said Anthony Rebyanski, the BlueSox Director of Player Personnel.
"With what former BlueSox players Stuart Levy, Collin Massanelli, and his coaches at Arkansas State have said about him, he is the perfect fit for us in the outfield this summer. He is the type of guy that we look to possibly an offensive threat at the top of our lineup."
The combination of speed and power is not new. White set the NJCAA record with 15 triples during his freshman season at Crowder Community College, where he played before transferring to Arkansas State. His sophomore season saw him score 54 runs and help to plate 38 more. He was named Crowder's MVP for the season.
Zach Spangler, P, Kent State
Zach Spangler has not had much work this spring at Kent State, but has taken advantage of the time he has had on the mound with an ERA of just 1.59. He has struck out four over 5.2 innings in four appearances.
"Zach is a guy that I had an opportunity to see when he was coming out of high school. He has the stuff to help our pitching staff be very competitive throughout the 2015 season," said Rebyanski.
Redshirted last spring, Spangler excelled at Seneca Valley High School, where he lettered three years in both baseball and basketball. With a sub-3.00 ERA and .426 batting average, he helped Seneca to win the section championship in his final three high school years. His stellar on-field play led to him being named to the All-Section team and as one of the sections Five Notable Players to Watch.
"He has a low ¾-arm slot, that has given many Prospect League hitters fits..."
"He does have the ability to be a dual player in a pinch for us, but primarily will be on the mound. He has a low ¾-arm slot, that in the past from what I have witnessed, has given many Prospect League hitters fits. We look for him to continue that trend this summer."
Former Player Updates: Last summer's catcher Stuart Levy, a teammate of Ty White at Arkansas State, has started all of the Red Wolves' games. He is taking advantage of his good eye, having drawn 11 walks and been hit by seven pitches which has helped his .424 OBP. Collin Massanelli has been excelling off the bench, with a .364 average and .417 OBP in 13 games.
At Kent State, Alex Miklos has five RBIs in 11 games, catcher Jeff Revesz has scored eight runs and knocked in eight in his first 18 games, while Zarley Zaleweski is leading the Flashes with a .397 average and .500 OBP.