WAUSAU (Press Release) — Joining 2010 teammates Jordan Luvisi and Ryan Iverson, Jerad Eickhoff, Jason Martyn and Robbie De La Cruz are set to return to the ‘Chucks in 2011.
Eickhoff, a sophomore from Olney Central College in southern Illinois, returns for his second Woodchucks season after leading the Blue Knights to a 43—17—1 record in 2011. Eickhoff pitched magnificently in his return to Olney, going 10—4 with a 2.43 ERA in 88.2 innings pitched, while striking out 116 and walking only 27.
Standing 6-foot-4, Eickhoff throws a plus fastball, but features a menacing curveball- tools and stature that caught the eye of pro scouts, as Eickhoff was drafted by the Cubs in the 46 round of the 2010 MLB Draft.
Eickhoff started slow last season with the ‘Chucks, but showed immense improvement as the season went on- culminating in a playoff victory in game one of the South Division Championship Series.
The imposing righty signed a letter of intent for his junior season to play Division I ball for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, in the oft-competitive Sun Belt Conference.
Jason Martyn, a sophomore at Rio Hondo College in Southern California, returns after making six August appearances down the stretch for the ‘Chucks last summer. Coming in quite late after the ‘Chucks lost a few arms to injury mid-season, Martyn came in poised and determined, posting a 1.31 combined postseason and regular season ERA over 20.2 innings pitched.
Playing for the Rio Hondo Roadrunners this spring, Martyn garnered All Foothill Conference, Foothill gold glove, and All Southern California JUCO honors. Martyn posted a 9—1 record in 2011, and has a 17—3 career record at Rio Hondo.
Standing at only 5-foot-11, the righty's delivery generates impressive leverage and arm-action, as his fastball sits in the low 90s.
The only position player to return to the Woodchucks in 2011, Robbie De La Cruz comes back to Wisconsin after redshirting at UNLV this spring.
A left-handed first baseman, the senior-to-be boasts incredible defensive moxy and skill at a position usually heralded for offensive prowess. 5-foot-8 inches tall, the 230 pound De La Cruz hit .260 last season with the ‘Chucks, on his way to 28 RBI and 3 home runs in 200 at-bats.
This will be De La Cruz' third season of summer ball under Field Manager Guido Aspeitia, as he played for Aspeitia after his freshman season at Fresno City College, for the Regina Red Sox in Canada.
Courtesy: Woodchucks Press Release