WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - The Rafters have announced the addition of three more players to the 2010 roster today. Brian Embery (Wayland Baptist University), Derek Brown (Spring Arbor University), and Quinton Perry (UC-Santa Clara) have all been added to the fold for the team's inaugural season.
After beginning his sophomore season as the third baseman at Wayland Baptist, Embery has since shifted to be the team's left fielder. It appears the position switch has not affected him on the offensive end one bit. Embery has started all 39 games he has appeared in and currently boasts a very impressive .405 batting average for the Pioneers. He is currently tied for fourth on the team with 51 hits, 8 doubles, 3 triples, 11 home runs, and is tied for second on the team with 48 RBI. He also has maintained a .500 on base percentage and is 3 for 3 in stolen base attempts this spring.
Last season, Embery began his collegiate baseball career at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington. In 19 games for LCC, he posted a .364 batting average. Embery is a graduate of Auburn High School in Washington, where he played for Coach Tim Kuykendall. He is currently an Exercise & Sport Science major at Wayland Baptist.
After transferring from Motlow State Community College, Brown has had a breakout year for Spring Arbor University. A left-handed hitting outfielder, Brown carries a .378 batting average through 40 spring games. His 48 hits are second on the team, one hit behind the team leader in that category. Brown also has 4 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, and 21 RBI to his credit this spring. Continuing the success he had at Motlow State Community College, Brown is 8 for 11 in stolen base attempts and carries an exceptional .474 on base percentage.
Brown is a graduate of Bellevue High School in Ohio where he was twice named to the All League and All-District Teams. He was also named All-Ohio Football and Baseball MVP his senior year. He is an Exercise Science major at Spring Arbor University.
Perry arrived at UC-Santa Barbara this spring after a very distinguished high school career. He has seen limited duty in his freshman campaign, appearing in 3 contests.
Recognized as one of the top two-sport athletes in Northern California, Perry starred in both baseball and football while attending Lassen High School in Susanville, California. He was named All-Northern League first baseman as a junior in 2008 and played in the 2008 Northern California Area Code games. As a sophomore in 2007, Perry hit .407 while driving in 35 runs and slugging a robust .670.
A tremendous athlete, Perry also displayed his skills on the football field as the quarterback of the Lassen High School football team, throwing for 1,697 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior en route to earning the 2008 Northern Athletic League MVP award. Quinton is the son of Eric Perry, who was a 15th Round Pick of the Chicago Cubs in 1987. He is currently studying in the school of arts and science at UC-Santa Barbara.
Courtesy: Rafters Press Release