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Juan is a freshman RHP who went to high school at St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California. An injury plagued Juan’s SR year high school season. However as a JR, Juan had a 1.45 ERA for the Braves. St. John Bosco plays in an extremely tough conference. Juan is competing to be in the starting rotation for the “loaded” Orange Coast College this spring.
“Juan comes to us as a recommendation from Coach Altobelli. I think Juan is an extremely talented young man with his best pitching in front of him. He’s a 3 pitch guy who can really dial it up when he needs to. He’s got a good frame at 6’4 and I think he’s capable of playing Division 1 and even professionally if he continues to work and progress like he did this fall at OCC. Juan is a guy that is going to get rotation innings for us because of his talent and attitude on the mound. I am extremely excited to see him battle in the red and blue this summer for us in Albert Lea.” – Coach Keeran
The 5’11, 170 lb. sophomore comes to Albert Lea with a lot of experience despite being so young. The Orlando, Florida native was in the starting rotation last season for the Tritons, he had a record of 3-4 and an ERA of 4.80. He struck out 41 hitters in 50 innings pitched. Robin had an impressive fall only giving up 2 runs in 16 innings pitched. Robin is expected to be in the starting rotation again for the Tritons this season. Robin pitched for the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs in the FCSL last summer.
“Robin is a solid sign for us. He’s a pitcher, not a thrower. He can pump it up there with his fastball a little bit despite his size; but what I like is he doesn’t rely on that. He has 4 pitches and keep hitters off-balanced with his off-speed and ability to use both sides of the plate. I like that he had experience last year in the rotation for Eckerd. He has great arm durability, and is a very intelligent young man. I think his best pitching is ahead of him because of his pitch-ability. Robin is a versatile pitcher too, he’s not a one trick pony. He can pitch as a starter or come out of the bullpen which makes him a great fit for us. He’s a very humble guy and has a super bright future beyond even baseball. He is doing flight training which is just remarkable in my opinion. I’m excited to have him aboard.” – Coach Keeran
Robin’s cousin is big league pitcher Cody Allen from the Cleveland Indians.
Jacob is a 6’2 220 lb. sophomore at McCook Community College. As a freshman Jacob had a monster year hitting .340 with 11 home runs and 12 doubles. He had a team high slugging percentage of .641. He had a fielding percentage of .963 playing 1B and OF for McCook. Jacob is from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia Canada. Jacob will be reuniting with former teammates at McCook and current Laker signees Keanu Van Kuren and CJ Neumann.
“Jacob is a big time sign for us. He has professional type power in his bat. He gives us depth at OF, 1B, 3B, and is a DH option for us as well. He can flat out hit, and he hits some tape measure home runs. I am confident he will contend for the league home run race. If the league had a home run derby I am confident Jacob would win it. He’s going to be in the middle of our order in an RBI spot because of the type of slugging he can do. He will be a regular in our line-up against righties and we will see what he can do against left handers. Jacob is a hard worker with a great frame, he’s got a lot of tools that will project well at the next level. He could pitch too if we needed him too because he’s got a great arm too. Jacob is the cherry on top of a great group of position players we have signed. We have a catcher spot left, but after that we are done recruiting position players which is very exciting. We have a lot of hitters who are great athletes, and quite a few who have plus power. We’re going to be a fun team to watch.”
Jose is a 6’2 205 lb. sophomore infielder from Pinar del Rio, Cuba. As a freshman Jose hit .320 with 3 HR, 9 2B, 32 RBI and scored 38 runs. He also had 7 stolen bases. Jose only had 6 errors last season with .982 fielding percentage. At Judson high school Jose was a Two-Time First-Team All-District, and Second Team All-District.“Jose is a big time player who is really going to impact us this summer! I’m extremely excited about signing him, he can really hit. He’s a great athlete who is on a different level than most, I think he has a great chance of playing professionally one day. Jose will play some 3rd base and 1st base for us, I’m sure he could even play some 2B if we wanted to get creative and maximize power in our line-up. He will hit somewhere for us 2-5 and be an impact player. He’s a tough out, and faces quality competition during his college season so I know he will come in and be ready to play. He’s a very motivated and driven young man with pro aspirations so I know he’s going to come to Albert Lea ready to work hard every day.”
Welcome Jose Diaz to the #LakeShow!
Manna is an Omaha, Nebraska native. He will serve as the teams 1B Coach. Manna graduated from Waldorf University where he was a 2 sport athlete; he lettered in baseball and bowling all 4 years. He was in the pitching rotation all four years for the Warriors where he is in the top 10 of numerous pitching records. He also started games at 2B his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. Manna is currently in his 1st season as the Head Coach of the Waldorf University men’s and women’s bowling programs. “Baseball has and always will be a passion for me. I have enjoyed my time playing, and now I’m ready to give back. I’m excited to join Coach Keeran, the rest of the staff, and the players in making this summer unforgettable. I feel as though I can bring a lot of energy and knowledge to the team. During my playing career, I played every position. I look forward to being able to help out as much as I can, wherever I am needed.” – Coach Manna
“Tony is extremely passionate about athletics, and I am very excited to have him on staff. I think he will do a great job as the 1B coach, and will also help the team out with a variety of areas. He knows all facets of the game so it’s hard to pinpoint what he will be doing every day. I know he will be helpful with analysis and putting together game-plans on opposing teams. I’ve had a great relationship with Tony and know he’s going to do a great job. He brings head coaching experience, and knows the Albert Lea area very well. I think Tony is going to help us accomplish something very special this summer.” – Coach Keeran