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Wingnuts Add Outfielder and Infielder

March 22, 2013 - American Association (AA) - Wichita Wingnuts News Release

WICHITA, KS- The Wichita Wingnuts signed outfielder Derek Perren and infielder Marc Tarantola on Friday.

Perren starred for the North American League's Edinburg Roadrunners last year, hitting .327 with 45 runs scored, 21 doubles, two home runs, 50 RBI, and 10 stolen bases. The Arcadia, CA native ranked 11th in the North American League in batting average, tied for fifth in doubles, 11th in RBI, third in walks (48), and fifth in on-base percentage (.407). Perren hit safely in 67 of 94 games played, and fanned just 25 times all season. The 27-year-old outfielder had 31 multi-hit contests and never went more than two consecutive games without collecting at least one hit.

"Derek had great college numbers at USC and has had a great start to his professional career," said Wingnuts' manager Kevin Hooper. "He will compete for one of our outfield spots, and is yet another left-handed bat we can possibly add to our lineup. His career numbers show that he can definitely handle the bat, and I think this is going to be a great opportunity for him."

A fifth-year professional, Perren is a lifetime .306 hitter and has averaged 85 runs scored, 34 doubles, six home runs, 75 RBI, and 69 walks per 162 games played. A left-handed hitter and fielder, Perren has struck out just 99 times in 850 career at bats, and owns a .381 on-base percentage. Perren played two seasons of college baseball at the University of Southern California and hit .362 for the Trojans during his senior season in 2008. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Perren also played two seasons at Los Angeles Pierce College. Near the end of the 2011 season, Perren was a teammate of current Wingnuts Mike Burns and C.J. Ziegler with the North American League's Calgary Vipers.

Tarantola is a true rookie from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. A right-handed hitter and fielder, Tarantola hit .265 as a senior in 2012 with 19 runs scored, five doubles, three home runs, and 15 RBI in 34 games played as the Bulldogs' starting shortstop. Defensively, the 24-year-old native of Tucson, AZ committed just five errors all season. Prior to Southwestern Oklahoma State, Tarantola played at Arizona Western College where he hit .275 as a Sophomore in 2010. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Tarantola also played in the 2011 NBC World Series as a member of the Casa Grande Cotton Kings.

"Marc will come into camp competing for our utility spot," said Hooper. "He is mainly an infielder, but can also play the outfield. From the reports I have received, his bat will always play, and I know he is excited for the opportunity we have given him."

Perren and Tarantola give the Wingnuts 20 players officially under contract for the 2013 season. American Association teams may carry up to 28 players during Spring Training, which begins May 4th.

2013 Wingnuts Signings

OF David Amberson

IF Blake Bergeron

C Kieran Bradford

RHP Mike Burns

LHP Anthony Capra

RHP Josh Dew

RHP Lincoln Holdzkom

2B Jake Kahaulelio

SS Ryan Khoury

LHP Kristhiam Linares

IF/OF Jared McDonald

3B Abel Nieves

OF Derek Perren

LHP Daniel Schmidt

RHP Bryce Shafer

RHP Chris Smith

IF Marc Tarantola

RHP Kyle Wahl

C Stephen Yoo

1B C.J. Ziegler

The 2013 season of Wichita Wingnuts baseball begins Thursday, May 16th against the Kansas City T-Bones at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Prior to the game, a ceremony honoring the life of bench coach Brian Rose will take place. For season tickets, group outings, or party packages, call the Wingnuts' main office at (316) 264-NUTS, or visit the Wingnuts' official website at www.wichitawingnuts.com.

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