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July 1-5, 2009
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee head coach
Scott Doffek has signed a new three-year contract. He just
completed his third season with the Panthers. Doffek was named
Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2009 after leading UWM to a
Six players from Kent State have signed
professional contracts: Brad Stillings (left) with the Minnesota Twins,
Jon Pokorny with the Milwaukee Brewers, Greg Rohan with the
Chicago Cubs, Kyle Smith with the Cleveland Indians, Chris
Tremblay with the San Diego Padres and Jason Patton with the
Tampa Bay Rays.
Arkansas left-hander Stephen Richards has signed
a contract with the Florida Marlins. Richards will join the
Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League. The Razorback
closer had nine saves this season and 13 career saves. Richards
fanned 52 in 2009 and 108 in his career.
Two Florida Atlantic pitchers have signed
professional contracts. Chris Schmitt signed with the Baltimore
Orioles and will report to their Gulf Coast League team. Schmitt
spent two seasons with the Owls and made 29 relief appearances
in 2009. Brandon Kloess pitched with an independent last summer
before signing with the Chicago White Sox. He is with the Rookie
League squad in Great Falls, Montana. Kloess was 8-2 at FAU as a
sophomore in 2005 with 48 strikeouts in 58 innings.
Wake Forest right-hander Phil Negus has signed
with the Chicago White Sox. He was drafted in the 18th round of
the 2009 MLB draft. Negus is playing with the Bristol White Sox.
He fanned 40 in 56.2 innings in 2009 for the Demon Deacons.
Seven UCLA players have signed professional
contracts. Charles Brewer, 12th-round pick of the Arizona
Diamondbacks, will pitch for the Missoula Osprey in the Pioneer
League. Gavin Brooks, a ninth-round selection of the New York
Yankees, will hurl for the Staten Island Yankees in the New
York-Penn League. Gabe Cohen, a 29th-round pick of the Tampa Bay
Rays, will join the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn
League. Cody Decker, a 22nd-round selection of San Diego Padres,
will play for the Arizona League Padres. Casey Haerther was a
fifth-round choice of the Los Angeles Angels. Brendan Lafferty,
an 18th-round pick of the Kansas City Royals, will go to the
Idaho Falls Chukars of the Pioneer League. Jason Novak, a
48th-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals, will pitch for the
Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League.
Louisville third baseman Chris Dominguez, a
third-round pick of San Francisco, has signed with the Giants. A
native of Miami, Fla., Dominguez is currently with San
Francisco’s rookie team in Arizona and is expected to go soon to
the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, the Giants’ Class A Short-Season
affiliate in the Northwest League.
Louisville shortstop John Dao has signed a free
agent contract with the Cincinnati Reds. A native of Fort Worth,
Texas, Dao is a member of the Billings Mustangs, the Reds’ Class
A affiliate in the Pioneer League.
Tulane alum Jake Gautreau has been named an
assistant coach at his alma mater. A third baseman for the Green
Wave from 1999-2001, Gautreau will work with the infielders and
assist with the hitters. He will also coach first base.
West Virginia right-hander Billy Gross has signed
a free-agent contract with the Baltimore Orioles. He was 9-4
this past season with a 4.23 ERA. Gross fanned 58 in 87.1
innings with four complete games.
Kentucky pitcher Chris Rusin has signed with the
Chicago Cubs. A fourth-round selection in the MLB draft, Rusin
was 7-4 in 2009 with a 4.20 ERA. He authored four complete
games. He will start with the Mesa Cubs.
(photo courtesy of Kent State Media Relations Office)