News and Announcements
Cole Petersen of Southwest Minnesota State University signs with the Albert Lea Lakers! Cole is a LHP for SMSU, about to begin his JR (RS) season. He was a Northern Sun All-Conference pitcher last season. He was 3rd in the entire conference in ERA, with a 1.70 ERA in 10 appearances and 8 games started. He was 6-2 on the mound with 29 K’s in 53 innings, only walking 19 batters all season. He was in the rotation as a freshman as well. Cole pitched for the Glencoe Brewers the past season with ERAs of 2.00 and 3.65. He was 5-3 in those two seasons.
“Cole is a big signing for us because he will bring in a successful background against a good hitting conference. He gets the job done plain and simple, the stats don’t lie. He gets hitters out, and he wins. He might not light the radar gun up like some of the other guys we have signed, but he’s a competitor and a winner. He will be a great guy to have in our rotation. I saw him throw in Arizona and he mixes up extremely well, and causes weak contact. He gave up just 6 extra base hits all of last season; that says a lot about how good of a pitcher he truly is. You’re gonna have to beat him the hard way. I am glad he’s on our side, and we don’t have to face him.” – Coach Keeran
Albert Lea signs Alec Martinez from Our Lady of the Lake University. Martinez will be a RHP and MIF for the Lakers this upcoming summer. He was an All-District selection his SR season out of Moody High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. The 6’0 190 lb Dual-Player is expected to be in the Saints line-up this spring at SS, as well as get time on the mound. He was highly recruited out of high school getting honorable mention Texas honors through the Perfect Game scouting service. He had over a .300 average in his 3 year varsity career in the highly competitive high school baseball in the state of Texas. He was 6-1 with a 2.10 ERA for Moody, as well as sporting a .986 fielding percentage. He was also a member of the national honor society.“Alec is a special dual talent, he will be able to have a lot of success on the mound with a hard-heavy fastball and a great slider. He’s got great size for a middle infielder and is a strong kid who will continue to improve at the plate. Sky is the limit for Alec in the game of baseball. He’s going to be a ton of fun to watch and coach, I suggest Albert Lea fans to take notice of what he can do. He’s a coaches dream with his versatility to be able to throw on the mound or play the field any given night. We will maximize his abilities and showcase what he can do this summer.” – Coach Keeran
Davis is a RHP from Birmingham, Alabama. He played high school baseball at Vestavia Hills High School. Davis missed last season and redshirted for Lee due to an elbow injury that required Tommy John Surgery. Out of high school Davis was rated the 21st player at his position, and the 67th top prospect out of the state of Alabama. He was an ALBCA All-Star his senior year of high school. He had 1.50 ERA his senior year of high school.“Coach Serrato from Lee was a big help in signing Davis. I think although Davis is coming off of a tough injury he has a bright future ahead of him. Every setback is the opportunity for a major comeback. Talking to Davis I can tell he is hungry and wants to be on the mound. He will be fully cleared in January, so he will be in the bullpen for Lee. However Davis has all the tools to be a big time impact pitcher for us and Lee in the future. He has a good fastball with a nice slider to go with it. Davis is a bit of a wildcard for us because of not pitching for a while, but personally I kind of like that and am excited to see what he can bring to the table. The guy has a good work ethic and attitude, he’s a quality young man. He will be a ton of fun to work with.” – Coach Keeran
JB is a 6’3 225 pound RHP out of San Antonio, Texas. JB has been in the starting rotation for the Saints in both of his seasons at OLLU. JB had a big freshman season going 6-4 with a 2.35 ERA in 87 innings. He struck out 94 batters which was in the top 30 in the entire country. Last season he dealt with an injury but managed to strike out 58 hitters in 48 innings. JB was a top 100 player out of the state of Texas coming out of high school.
“JB was referred to me by one of my old teammates who I played with in Ozark. He was one of the first players I spoke with when I began this process. He’s a big righty with an impressive fastball and a big curveball to go with it. He’s got clean mechanics and is going to be in our rotation this summer. I think he’s got the tools and talents to pitch in professional baseball. He’s going to be a nightmare for hitters in our league I think. He’s about as good as they come in the NAIA ranks. Ben Madison and JB are both Right Handed Starters I wanted from the NAIA level, and we got both of them which is very exciting for us to have pocket aces like we do already.” – Coach Keeran
Lakers add Left Handed Pitcher from Hope International University Dylan Hoffman! Hoffman is about to begin his junior season for the Royals. Dylan is the son of 3B coach of the San Diego Padres Glenn Hoffman, who was the 1998 manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. His uncle is the famous San Diego Padres longtime closer Trevor Hoffman who had over 600 saves which is 2nd all-time in MLB history. Dylan pitched in 10 games last season with an ERA of 5 but had a K/9 ratio over 1. Dylan started his career at Bristol University where he had a lot of success on the mound his freshman season. Dylan is expected to be reliable out of the pen again this season for HIU.
“Dylan is somebody I am really excited about. He’s a baseball guy 100%, it’s in his blood. The recruiting process with him was much different and I think personally easier and more enjoyable than some of the other ones. We just talked baseball the whole time, and our mindsets were very similar about the game and philosophies of baseball. It was a great fit for both sides. He will be a guy who can help be versatile for us starting or relieving. He has it in his DNA to pitch in the 9th inning, but I won’t be afraid to mix-up his role throughout the year. He’s got a lot of different pitches and looks. I hope he gets healthy and stays healthy so he can contribute to HIU and then come to Albert Lea and make a huge impact for us.” – Coach Keeran