SAUGET, IL. The Gateway Grizzlies have signed three new players this offseason to add more depth to manager Phil Warren's veteran lineup. The group includes rookie outfielder Derek Cornell, a St. Louis native and graduate from University of Central Missouri.
Krueger is no stranger to independent baseball, as he will be coming over from the Joplin Blasters out of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Despite the change in leagues, the 23 year old has similar goals in mind.
"I'm just trying to put up some offensive numbers as well as playing a few different positions in the field," Krueger said. The resourceful rookie went on to express how he is "extremely grateful for another opportunity to play this game."
Baptist, a former 17th round draft pick, competed last year in the Detroit Tigers organization where he maintained a .265 batting average in 49 games played.
Manager Phil Warren said there is "a lot of potential" with Krueger and Baptist and the skipper is "looking forward to seeing what they're all about."
As for Cornell, his past experience with the UCM Mules was what stood out most to Warren.
"UCM is a great program and knows how to compete," Warren said. "[Cornell] has production at the plate and hopefully it continues into the professional league."
Cornell, the CBC high school alum, also has experience at GCS Credit Union Ballpark as he grew up a Grizzlies fan.
"Growing up in St. Louis I got a chance to go to a couple of games as a kid and loved the atmosphere of the park," Cornell said. The fan turned player spent last season overseas playing for the Rouen Huskies in France.
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