Indians imports come from winning programs

Steven Mah
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The Swift Current Indians are only days away from the 2008 season and if they hope to improve on last year's second place finish in the Western Major Baseball League they will have to rely on some strong play from a plethora of import players.

The Swift Current Indians are only days away from the 2008 season and if they hope to improve on last year's second place finish in the Western Major Baseball League they will have to rely on some strong play from a plethora of import players.

Utility man Shawn Lee, right-handed pitcher Sean Cooley, and catcher Brian Golliber will all return for a second season with the Indians and should help provide the Indians with a solid foundation.

Rookie manager Joe Carnahan has been scouring the baseball landscape and has secured nine new import players from six schools that he hopes will solidify his squad.

Leading the way on the mound should be Tim Huber says Carnahan.

"For pitchers we got a left-hander from down at Nebraska, Omaha. He is actually playing with Golliber and putting up some pretty impressive numbers there. The last two years he was an All-Star in the Northwoods League, which is a summer collegiate league in the U.S. and is considered one of the top collegiate leagues. With him being a senior he couldn't go back there so he is willing to come up and play for us and will be a big addition for us."

Huber posted some impressive numbers with the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks who were 43-11 this season. On his way to All-Conference and All-Region selections, Huber was 8-1 with a 2.99 earned run average. The 5'10 southpaw hurler had five complete games and racked up a team-high 91 strikeouts over 69.1 innings.

Golliber and Huber's teammate Brandon Dahl, a right-handed side-arm reliever, will look to stabilize the Indians bullpen this season. Dahl stands 6'7, tips the scale at 225 lbs and posted an impressive 1.65 ERA on his way to an All-Conference selection. Dahl finished the season 2-0 with three saves and a .179 opponents batting average after allowing only 10 hits over 16 innings.

The fourth Maverick who will join the Indians is utility man Brian Strawn from Bellevue, Nebraska. Strawn batted .389 last season with 31 RBI's over 40 games.

"We have a kid that (former Indian) Brandon Rupp sent us from George Fox, a tall right-hander that should be good," said Carnahan.

That 6'5 pitcher is Nick Bratney from Boise, Idaho, who went 5-2 with a 3.93 ERA for the 28-14 Bruins.

"We got another kid from Wayne State, a big 6'5' 230 lb hard throwing right-hander that (Scott) Bidroski and Dustin Jones sent us."

Carnahan was describing John Snyder who finished 4-4 for the 32-17 Warriors. Snyder held opposing batters to a .275 batting average and stuck out 36 batters over 47 innings.

Robert Flanagan, a Shreveport, Louisiana native, will also look to anchor the rotation after a strong season with the Rhodes College Lynx who finished 27-13 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. The 6'7, 260 lb lefty posted a 3.58 ERA, a 5-2 record, and a .286 opponents batting average.

Carnahan's final signing was left-handed pitcher Chris Maloney from the 42-16 Embry-Riddle University Eagles. The Gaithersburg, Maryland native went 7-4 with a 3.64 ERA for the Eagles who play out of Daytona Beach, Florida.

Maloney's teammate Kyle Albright should bring some power to the Indians lineup after hitting 13 home runs for the Eagles who were ranked fifth in the NAIA this season. The 6'0 200 lb Senior batted .346 with 51 RBI's and a .643 slugging percentage this season.

Patrolling the infield will be Dominican born shortstop Wandy Rosario who batted .297 for the 41-14 Bacone College Warriors. In 54 games Rosario had 27 RBI's, 24 walks, and 26 stolen bases.

"We have a Dominican shortstop that is a speed guy and is also a closer that I think finished third in the nation in saves for NAIA so he will be able to help us out both in the field and on the mound and offensively he will be able to bring a lot of speed to the park," said Carnahan.

Rosario went 4-2 on the mound with 11 saves and a 3.00 ERA for the Warriors.

The Indians first home game is on June 2 against the Lethbridge Bulls.

Football Jamboree

Approximately 100 kids took part in Shaw Swift Current Minor Football's Jamboree last week with special guest coaches Ed Carelton, Kelly Bates, and Warren Muzieka.

Organizations: Rhodes College Lynx, Bacone College Warriors, Western Major Baseball League Northwoods League University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks Embry-Riddle University Eagles Lethbridge Bulls

Geographic location: Bellevue, Nebraska, Swift Current, U.S. Boise, Idaho Wayne Shreveport, Louisiana Gaithersburg, Maryland Daytona Beach, Florida

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