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Rafters add three more players for summer season

Wisconsin Rapids, WI (PRESS RELEASE) – May 5th, 2010. The Rafters continued to solidify the 2010 roster today with the addition of three more players.  The Rafters have added junior pitchers George Lott (University of North Florida) and Casey Medlen (University of North Florida), and versatile sophomore pitcher and infielder Jerry Mancuso (St. Louis University) to the 2010 team. 

George Lott, 6'2'', 195 lbs (R/R) Jr.

After a couple trying years while seeing limited action because of an elbow injury, Lott has emerged as a durable workhorse for the Ospreys in 2010.  Lott is tied for the team lead with 62.1 innings pitched while appearing in 12 games, 9 of those starts.  He has posted a 5-2 record thus far, while carrying a deceiving 5.34 ERA and recording a team high 53 strikeouts.   

A graduate of William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Lott earned honorable Mention All-Area as a junior and senior, helping his team advance to the Class 5A regional tournament his senior year. That same year he started nine games and pitched 55.3 innings, while tallying 79 strikeouts, 11 walks, a 2.23 ERA. He is currently majoring in Sport Management at the University of North Florida.  

Casey Medlen, 6'0", 155 lbs (R/R) Jr.

Medlen is in his first year with the University of North Florida Ospreys after spending his previous two seasons at Lake City Community College and Daytona Beach Community College.  This season Medlen has made 19 appearances out of the bullpen while posting a 3-2 record and a 4.54 ERA.  He has thrown 33.2 innings on the season while logging 36 strikeouts and recording 3 saves. 

Medlen appeared in 25 games at Daytona Beach a year ago, throwing 51 innings while striking out 40 batters and posting a 2.67 ERA with 9 saves.  As a freshman at Lake City Community College he made 20 appearances, spanning 38 innings, and recorded 41 strikeouts and a 3.32 ERA.  The Mandarin High School graduate, Medlen is majoring in Health Administration at UNF. 

Jerry Mancuso, 6'1", 170 lbs (L/R) So.

Mancuso's versatility to play both as an infielder and pitcher will be a valuable addition to the 2010 Rafters and field manager Scott Laverty.  This season Mancuso has spent time as an outfielder, designated hitter, and pitcher for the Saint Louis University.  At the plate, the left handed batter has hit at a .278 clip with 2 home runs, 13 RBI and carries a .406 on base percentage into the weekend series in Philadelphia, PA against conference foe La Salle.  While toeing the rubber, Mancuso has appeared in 14 games, making 9 starts, and has a 5-5 record with a 6.27 ERA.  His 14 appearances rank him second on the team in that department and his 60.1 innings pitched and 34 strikeouts rank him third in both categories, respectively. 

Last season Mancuso hit .293 with 12 doubles, three home runs, 31 RBI and was 6 for 7 in stolen bases attempts for the Billikens.  His 12 doubles tied for third all-time among freshman while his 31 RBI rank him 5th all-time. On the mound he posted a 3-1 record in two starts and nine appearances out of the bullpen.  In 30.1 innings he struck out 13 batters while walking only four.  An All-State honoree his senior year of high school, Mancuso hails from Kansas City, Missouri.

Ticket Packages and Group Tickets are on sale now!  Single game tickets will go on sale May 8th! For more information call (715) 424-5400 or visit www.raftersbaseball.com.  The Rafters will play a 70 game schedule with 35 home games in 2010.  Opening Day at Witter Field is scheduled for Sunday, June 6 at 6:05pm vs the Eau Claire Express.

Courtesy:  Wisconsin Rapids Rafters

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