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February 11, 2013 - Northwoods League (Northwoods) Waterloo Bucks

BUCKS ROSTER TAKES SHAPE WITH RETURN OF GIANTS DRAFT PICK

The Waterloo Bucks have announced right-handed pitcher Kyle Kramp will return to Waterloo for his third season in 2013. Kramp, a junior at Butler University, is the fifth player to be named to the Bucks' roster for the team's 19th season.

L ast year for Waterloo, Kramp appeared in 10 games before injuries ended his season in early-July. The 6'3", 207-pounder went 0-3 with 17 strikeouts in 17.1 innings pitched, finishing with a 6.75 ERA.

In 2011 for the Bucks, Kramp led the team in saves with nine, ending the year with a 3-4 record, 40 strikeouts, and a 4.82 ERA. The Westfield, Indiana native's nine saves that season ranks as the eighth most in a single-season in Waterloo's record books. In addition, Kramp's 30 appearances are tied for the second most in a single-season for the Bucks.

For his NWL career, Kramp owns a 3-7 record with a 5.30 ERA and 57 strikeouts. Kramp's 40 appearances ranks as the sixth most in a career in team history, while his 12 saves is tied for fourth in the Bucks' record books.

"Kyle's return to our pitching staff supplies us with a strong arm and a veteran presence," said Waterloo general manager Dan Corbin. "He has excelled in a closer role during his time in the Cedar Valley and we are excited to announce him as our first pitcher signing for 2013."

In 2012 for the Bulldogs, Kramp appeared in 15 games, finishing with a 1-2 record and 25 strikeouts. Kramp, who was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 45th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, finished the '12 season with 11 relief appearances and 31.2 innings pitched.

Born December 23, 1990, Kramp was named the 2009 Indiana Baseball Coaches Association Player of the Year, earning All-State and All-Conference Honors at Westfield High School. As a senior, Kramp went 10-2 with a 1.79 ERA and 101 strikeouts. Kyle is the son of Dave and Lisa Kramp.

DOUTY COMMITS TO BUCKS FOR 2013

The Waterloo Bucks have announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Dalton Douty to their roster for the 2013 season. Douty (pronounced DOUBT-ee), a sophomore at the University of California Santa Barbara, is the sixth player to be named to Waterloo's roster for the team's 19th season.

Last season for the Gauchos, Douty appeared in 11 games, all in relief. The 6'5", 215-pounder finished the season with a 5.68 ERA, three strikeouts, and one save in 12.2 innings pitched. A native of Huntington Beach, California, Douty accumulated a 3.38 ERA during Big West Conference play.

"Dalton has a huge upside," said Bucks general manager Dan Corbin. "He brings good command to the mound and has a three pitch mix. At the very least, Dalton will be a good set-up guy for us."

Born November 29, 1992, Douty played high school baseball at Edison High School where he went 6-0 with a 2.10 ERA as a senior. Douty helped his prep squad win the Sunset League for three consecutive seasons.

BUCKS SIGN SOPHOMORE PITCHER

The Waterloo Bucks have announced the signing of right-handed pitcher J.D. Moore to their roster for the 2013 season. Moore, a sophomore at South Dakota State University, is the seventh player to be named to Waterloo's roster for the team's 19th season.

Last season for the Jackrabbits, Moore appeared in 17 games, leading the team with five saves. The 6'2", 215-pounder ended the year with a 7.27 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 17.1 innings pitched.

Last summer, Moore played in the Intercounty Baseball League with the Barrie Baycats in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. The Mississauga, Ontario native finished the summer with a 1-3 record, a 4.57 ERA, 2 saves, and 34 strikeouts in 19.2 innings pitched.

"J.D. is a pitcher that had an outstanding summer in 2012 and I'm excited to see what he can do for us this summer," said Bucks manager Travis Kiewiet. "He comes to us from South Dakota State where he is coached by a couple of coaches with Iowa ties in head coach Dave Schrage and assistant coach Brian Grunzke (both formerly of Waldorf College and the University of Northern Iowa). J.D. will be a back-end of the bullpen guy for us and will be counted on to come in and shut down our opponents in the late innings."

Born May 2, 1992, Moore attended Meadowvale Secondary School where he was named the Most Valuable Player of his team in 2010. Moore also played for the Ontario Blue Jays travel team, which won the Premier Baseball League of Ontario championship and was the Connie Mack regional runner-up in 2011.

FORMER BUCKS ARGO & GOINS NAMED MILB ORGANIZATIONAL ALL-STARS

Two former Waterloo Bucks were named as organizational All-Stars by MiLB.com. Willie Argo and Ryan Goins were both honored by the official website of Minor League Baseball for their efforts in the minors in 2012.

Willie Argo was named an organizational All-Star as an outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays. The University of Illinois product played in 69 games in the Tampa Bay system last year after being drafted in the 22nd round of the MLB Draft. Starting in Rookie ball for the Princeton Rays in the Appalachian League, Argo led his team in hitting with a .301 average and on-base percentage at .404. The Davenport, Iowa native was then called up late in the season to Low-A ball to play for the Bowling Green Hot Rods of the Midwest League. In all, Argo's .289 average ranked him fifth among Rays Minor Leaguers. While with the Bucks over the 2009-2010 seasons, Argo hit for a .219 average in 99 games, stealing 41 bases, good for seventh on the Bucks all-time list.

Ryan Goins was named an organizational All-Star as a shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays. The Dallas Baptist University product hit .289 with 15 stolen bases, playing all season for Toronto's Double-A affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League. Goins finished with a .403 slugging percentage and committed only 16 errors in 136 games. On November 20, Goins was named to the Blue Jays' 40-Man Roster. A native of Round Rock, Texas, Goins was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB Draft by Toronto. Goins led Waterloo with a .318 batting average and a team high 12 doubles in 2008.

MiLB.com is the official website of Minor League Baseball. This offseason, MiLB.com is honoring the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organizations. MiLB.com is taking a look at each team to determine the outstanding seasons in Minor League baseball.

BUCKS ADD ONE MORE FOR 2013

The Waterloo Bucks have announced the signing of catcher Adam Dennison to their roster for the 2013 season. Dennison, a sophomore at Eastern Michigan University, is the eighth player to be named to Waterloo's roster for the team's 19th season.

Last season for the Eagles, Dennison played in 29 games, hitting .253 with six RBI. The 6'2", 205-pounder hit .345 over his final 12 games and threw out five potential base stealers during the year.

"I greatly appreciate the Bucks giving me a chance to play for them in the 2013 season," said Dennison. "I look forward to growing in my baseball skills and getting a chance to play against other great players from around the country."

During the summer of 2012, Dennison played for the Stark County Terriers of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. The Broadview Heights, Ohio native hit .330 for the summer with four home runs and 12 RBI in 29 games.

"Adam has a strong body, is very agile, and receives and blocks the ball well behind the plate," said Bucks general manager Dan Corbin. "I feel like we are helping ourselves with the signing of Adam by adding the power we need from the right side along with his solid defense."

Born September 16, 1991, Dennison attended Padua Franciscan High School where he was a four-year letter winner in baseball. Dennison was named the North Coast League MVP his senior year, hitting .484. Adam is the son of Mark and Sherrie Dennison.

FORMER BUCKS HONORED BY BASEBALL AMERICA

Three former Waterloo Bucks have been recognized in the latest issue of Baseball America. All were honored in the magazine's 2013 College Baseball Preview edition.

Pitcher Jordan Foley was ranked as the Mid-American Conference's fourth best prospect for the 2013-14 Major League Baseball Drafts. The Central Michigan University sophomore appeared in 13 games for the Chippewas last year, finishing with a 3-0 record, 25 strikeouts, and an 8.20 ERA. Foley played for Waterloo in 2012 and was named a mid-season Northwoods League All-Star. For the Bucks, Foley appeared in 11 games, finishing the season with a 4-3 record, 32 strikeouts, and a 6.23 ERA. In 2011, Foley was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 26th round of the MLB draft.

Alabama State University catcher Richard Gonzalez was ranked as the sixth best prospect in the Southwestern Athletic Conference for the 2013-14 MLB Drafts. Gonzalez played for the Bucks in 2012 hitting .279 with four doubles and five RBI in 12 games before injuries ended his season in late-June. Last spring for the Hornets, Gonzalez, then a freshman, played in 56 games, hitting .292 with nine doubles and 32 RBI.

Derek Lamacchia, a senior at Quinnipiac University, was ranked as the Northeast Conference's third best prospect for the 2013-14 MLB Drafts. Last season, Lamacchia (pronounced la-MOCK-ee-uh) started in 10 of the 11 games he appeared in for the Bobcats, finishing the spring with a 1-7 record, 65 strikeouts, and a 5.40 ERA in 61.2 innings. Lamacchia played for Waterloo in 2011 and 2012, appearing in 21 games. During his two years with the Bucks, Lamacchia accumulated an 8-5 record with 103 strikeouts and a 3.83 ERA in 112.2 innings pitched.

The February 2013 edition of Baseball America (Issue No. 1305) will be on sale through March 5.

BUCKS ANNOUNCE SIGNING OF DRASEN JOHNSON

The Waterloo Bucks have announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Drasen Johnson to their roster for the 2013 season. Johnson, a sophomore at the University of Illinois, is the ninth player to be named to Waterloo's roster for the team's 19th season.

Last year for the Fighting Illini, Johnson appeared in 16 games, finishing the season with a 1-1 record and a 6.00 ERA. The 6'3", 200-pounder struck out 21 hitters in 39 innings pitched.

"I am very excited to be pitching for the Bucks this summer," said Johnson. "I have heard nothing but great things about the team and coaching staff."

Johnson played for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League during the summer of 2012 under former Waterloo manager Darrell Handelsman. The Chillicothe, Illinois native finished the season with a 2-0 record, a 2.36 ERA, and 21 strikeouts in 9 appearances.

"Drasen (pronounced DRAY-zen) is a guy who is going to pound the strike zone and get guys out," said Waterloo pitching coach Tony Manville. "He comes from a great program at Illinois and gives us another great starting arm. He has had success in summer ball before and we are excited to see what he can do for us this summer."

Born December 23, 1991, Johnson attended Illinois Valley Central High School where he was listed as the number 25 prospect in the class of 2010 in Illinois by Prep Baseball Report. Johnson went 8-2 with a 2.07 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 67 innings as a senior. Drasen is the son of Greg and Jessica Johnson.

BUCKS SIGN LEFTY TO BOLSTER PITCHING STAFF

The Waterloo Bucks have announced the signing of left-handed pitcher Taylor Byrd to their roster for the 2013 season. Byrd, a junior at the Nicholls State University, is the tenth player to be named to Waterloo's roster for the team's 19th season.

Last year, Byrd played at Pearl River Community College where he compiled a 6-3 record in 11 games. The 6'1", 185-pounder finished the season with a 3.86 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 53.2 innings pitched.

"Taylor is a left-handed pitcher that we are going to count on fill one of our starter rolls for us this summer," said Bucks manager Travis Kiewiet. "It sounds like he's going to be a weekend starter at Nicholls State so he'll have plenty of game experience when he comes to us. Taylor's current pitching coach at Nicholls State is Rudy Darrow, who was the pitching coach here in Waterloo during the 2011 season."

Byrd was recently honored by Baseball America in their annual College Baseball Preview edition. The Petal, Mississippi native was named as the third best newcomer to the Southland Conference and the conference's 10th best prospect for the 2013-14 Major League Baseball Drafts.

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