Pacifics Draft 3 In Pacific Association Tryout
Hopeful ballplayers from across the country arrived at Albert Park at 6 am on Saturday morning, eager to showcase their abilities to the six Pacific Association teams holding their seventh annual open tryout camp. With over 90 hopefuls, it was the largest tryout to date.
The Pacifics added depth to their pitching staff and a left-handed power bat, signing pitchers Izaiah Guerrero and Mitch Williams and OF/1B Michael Staudinger.
“This was an unbelievably successful tryout camp in terms of the depth of talent and the large number of registrations we processed,” said Pacifics President and General Manager Mike Shapiro. “We came away with three quality players to fill specific roles: a lefty out of the bullpen, a long-man in the bullpen and a left-handed power bat.”
Izaiah Guerrero is a 24-year pitcher out of Floresville, Texas. In 2017, Guerrero pitched in the independent professional Empire League, where he struck out 37 hitters in 36 innings.
Michael Staudinger, a 23-year-old native of Bellevue, Washington, was drafted in 2017 by the Chicago White Sox in the 26th round. Staudinger in 2016 played for Azusa Pacific University where he appeared in 42 games, hit .275, and drove in 24 runs
Mitch Williams is a hard-throwing lefty who led his 2016 Azusa Pacific University team with an ERA of just 1.93 in 16 total appearances. Williams allowed just one earned run in 4.2 innings pitched, striking out five and walked four.
The Pacifics begin their 2018 campaign on June 2nd against the newly minted Napa Silverados. Game time is 5:05 pm. Tickets are available at www.pacificsbaseball.com.