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In loving memory of Dick “Chief” Twyman On January 28, 2011 the Casa Grande Cotton Kings lost a dear friend. Dick Twyman, affectionately known as “Chief” was the founder of the National Baseball Congress’s (NBC) Pacific Southwest League (PSWL), built around the flagship Havasu Heat affiliate along with his son, Rick. Chief reached out to the Cotton Kings in 2004, offering NBC affiliation and membership in the PSWL fully aware of the history Casa Grande had with the NBC. Chief looked out for the Cotton Kings over the years, showing them the ropes, and instilling the importance of maintaining the tradition and quality of play indicative of the NBC. There grew a rivalry whenever the Cotton Kings and Heat met on the field with the Heat dominating the all-time series, but the Cotton Kings not giving an inch. With each time the dugouts emptied the bond only grew stronger. No matter what took place there was always a mutual respect for the fierce loyalty to the game on both sides. After the 2008 season the Chief decided to move the Heat to the storied Jayhawk League in Kansas, bestowing the Pacific Southwest League to Cotton Kings GM Joseph Walter. The Heat took 2009 off while the team moved from Lake Havasu City to the mid-west and came back in grand fashion in 2010 winning the Jayhawk League title, the NBC Mid-West Regional Tournament, and finishing 7th in the NBC World Series. The Heat’s finest hour took place in 2007 when they won the NBC World Series with a perfect record. He took nearly as much pride in the fact that three PSWL teams, including the Cotton Kings, earned berths to the 2007 NBC World Series as he did in the world title. We will never forget all that you have done for us. 2011 Casa Grande Cotton Kings Official Program 2


Table of Contents History

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Sports Arizona article Rebirth Mission Schools Pros Schedule ACWBL/NBC Independent PSWL Regional Tournament 77th Annual NBC World Series Roster Coach Bios Player Profiles Supporters Full page sponsors Golf Tournament/Partial page sponsors Wristband sponsors Special thanks

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History The Cotton Kings were founded in 1948 by Dr. John Singh as a semiprofessional baseball team for a small farming community. The Cotton Kings were revered for both their onfield performance and their sportsmanship. They played in league with teams from all over the state with the champion receiving a berth the National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series in Wichita, Kansas where all semi-professional teams at the time competed for a handsdown national title. The Cotton Kings won 10 consecutive state championship titles and represented themselves and Arizona well in the NBC World Series finishing as high as 7th in the 40+ team tournament. Several Cotton Kings took home individual honors 2011 Casa Grande Cotton Kings Official Program 4


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Casa Grande Cotton Kings in the Name Rick McCreery Jody Martinez Sam Mendoza A.J. Jones Ricardo Cruz Kevin Gram Scott Hanish Jason Sherrer Randy Waite Bo Moore Frank Montiel Noah Russo Freddy Lopez Scott Welch Mike Muscato Tyler Adamczyk Jon Reynoso Isaac Hess A.J. Ford Travis Dirk Josh Hake Brandon Pullen Tyler Kmetko Chris Luera Price Kendall Eric Brown

Year(s) as a Position Cotton King Year Drafted/Signed (Organization) 1996 - Free Agent (Tampa Bay Rays - GCL Rays, Butte Copper Rhp 2004 - present Kings) INF 2005 2001 - Free Agent (Ind. Western League - Yuma Bullfrogs) P 2000 - 2002 1997 - 56th round (Arizona Diamondbacks) OF 2000 - 2004 1997 - 19th round (Pittsburgh Pirates) 2004 - Free Agent (Arizona D'backs - Missoula Osprey, South SS 2004 - 2006 Bend Silver Hawks) 2005 - Free Agent (Ind. GBL - Long Beach Armada) C 2004 Rhp 2004 - 2005 2005 - Free Agent (Ind. GBL - Surprise Falcons) 2008 - Free Agent (Ind. Joliet Jackhammers) C 2005 2005 - Free Agent (Ind. GBL - Reno Silver Sox) Rhp 2005 2005 - El Paso Diablos (Central League) Rhp 2005 OF 2005 - 2006 2005 - Free Agent (Ind. GBL - Mesa Miners) Rhp 2006 - 2007 2006 - Free Agent (Ind. Frontier - Gateway Grizzlies) 1B, OF 2006 - 2007 2006 - Free Agent (Ind. Frontier - Gateway Grizzlies) 2006 - Free Agent (Tampa Bay Rays) Rhp 2006 2007 - Ottawa Rapidz (Ind. CanAm) C 2006 2001 - 7th round - (St. Louis Cardinals); 2007 Free Agent (Ind. Rhp 2007 Northern - Schaumburg Flyers) 2007 - 2008 Free Agent (Ind. United - Amarillo Dillas); 2009 OF 2004 Shreveport Captains (Ind. American Association), El Paso Diablos (Ind. American Association) 2007 - 2008 Free Agent (Ind. Frontier - Windy City Thunder Bolts; Lhp 2006 - 2007 2009 Free Agent (Ind. GBL - Victoria Seals); 2009 (Ind. GBL - Calgary Vipers), Newark Bears (Ind. - Atlantic League) 2007 - Free Agent (Anaheim Angels) Rhp 2007 2007 - 44th round - Baltimore Orioles Rhp 2007 Rhp 2007 - 2008 2008 - 50th round - Philadelphia Phillies 2004 - 42nd round - Arizona D'backs (Did not sign); 2008 - 37th Lhp 2005 round - Seattle Mariners 2006 - 37th round - Arizona D'backs (Did not sign); 2008 - Corpus 2B, SS 2005 Christi Beach Dawgs (Ind. Continental) 2008 - Free Agent (Ind. GBL - Yuma Scorpions); 2009 - Free Lhp 2007 - 2008 Agent (GBL - Tucson Toros), El Paso Diablos (Ind. - American Association) 2010 - Free Agent (American Association - Winnipeg Goldeneyes) Util. 2007 Util. 2007 2008 - Bay Area Toros (Ind. Continental)

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e pros (drafted/signed as free agent) Name Vincent Biancanmano Timothy Crabbe Ryan Cisterna

Year(s) as a Position Cotton King Year Drafted/Signed (Organization) 2004 - 35th round (Kansas City Royals); 2009 - Free Agent (Detroit SS 2008 Tigers) 2009 - 14th round (Cinncinnati Reds) Rhp 2007 2006 - 47th round (Kansas City Royals); 2007 - 46th round Rhp 2006 (Washington Nationals); 2009 - 34th round (Anaheim Angels)

Ryan Christenson Jerome Pena Nicholas Rosthenhausler

Lhp 2B LF

Renee (Alvaro) Garcia

Rhp

Marcus Jensen (Proctor)

Rhp

Jeff Urlaub

Lhp

James Maxwell Chris Caves Andrew Arreola Keith Martin Todd Weldon Peter Gehle Ryan Honeycutt Tommy Buck

Rhp C/3B Rhp 1B, OF Rhp Lhp OF P

Kyle Ottoson

Lhp

Marcus Bradley

OF

Trey Ford

SS

Mike DeVito Calvin Lewis Joshua Alvarado Sean Iverson David Jagoditsh Andrew Darwin Kenneth Giles Frank Abbl Kevin Hennessey Marc Tarantola Karl Whitley

1B/P P P INF P OF P P 1B 2B P

2009 - 40th round (LA Dodgers); 2010 - 7th round (LA Dodgers) 2009 - 40th round (NY Mets); 2011 - 38th round (Baltimore Orioles) 2009 - 50th round (Detroit Tigers) 2004 - 20th round (Colorado Rockies); 2005 - 32nd round (Arizona 2007 Diamondbacks); 2009 - Free Agent (Ind. GBL - Tucson Toros); 2009 Free Agent (Chicago White Sox) 2009 - 30th round (Tampa Bay Rays) 2009 2005 - 26th round (Tampa Bay Rays); 2010 - 30th round (Oakland 2009 Athletics) 2010 - Free Agent (Frontier League - Windy City Thunder Bolts) 2009 2010 - Free Agent (Frontier League - Windy City Thunder Bolts) 2009 2010 - Free Agent (GBL - Victoria Seals) 2009 2010 - Free Agent (NYSL - Capitals) 2009 2008 2010 - 27th round (New York Mets) 2008 - 2009 2010 - 27th round (Chicago White Sox) 2008 2010 - 41st round (San Francisco Giants) 2009-2010 2010 - Free Agent (Pecos League - Las Cruces Vaqueros) 2008 - 39th round (Colorado Rockies); 2009 - 36th round (New York 2010 Yankees); 2010 - 48th round (Philadelphia Phillies); 2011 - 24th round (Washington Nationals) 2009 - 2010 2010 - 49th round (Cleveland Indians) 2009 - 42nd round (Chicago Cubs); 2010 - 50th round (Arizona Dia2010 mondbacks); 2011 - 14th round (Philadelphia Phillies) 2007-2010 2011 - Free Agent (Pecos League - Ruidoso Osos) 2010 2011 - Free Agent (Pecos League - Las Cruces Vaqueros) 2010 2011 - 25th round (Anaheim Angels) 2005-2010 2011 - Free Agent (Pecos League - Sante Fe Mountain Lions) 2011 2011 - 32nd round (Pittsburgh Pirates) 2011 2008 - 34th round (Los Angeles Dodgers) 2011 2011 - 7th round (Philadelphia Phillies) 2011 2011 - Free Agent (American Association - Grand Prarie Air Hogs) 2009-2011 2012 - Free Agent (Pecos League - Alpine Cowboys) 2011 2012 - Free Agent (Pecos League - Santa Fe Fuego) 2007 2012 - Free Agent (Pecos League - Santa Fe Fuego) 2009 2009 2009

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including Blon Growing up in Casa Grande, Cotton Kings General Manager Joseph Walter, heard talk of the Cotton Kings and their reputation as being hard-nosed, fundamentally-sound representatives of the community on a national level. While playing summer ball during his collegiate playing career at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, TX he came across an article about the Cotton Kings in Sports Arizona (now a strictly online publication) and realized how important it was to bring them back. After more than forty years since the last pitch was thrown Walter resurrected the Cotton Kings with the blessing of founder John Singh with the stipulation “You’d better have good pitching�. The first few years were a work-in-progress as several Cotton Kings experienced individual success, many of whom have gone on to play professionally, but the team experienced little success collectively. That all changed in 2007 when a dedicated core group of returning Cotton Kings from the previous season, along with a talented bunch of new comers helped the Cotton Kings make their way back to the hallowed grounds of Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kansas by earning a berth to the very tournament their predecessors made 10 consecutive appearances. The Cotton Kings have gone on to make five consecutive trips since. 2011 Casa Grande Cotton Kings Official Program 14


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2011 Roster Name

Pos.

B

T

R R R L

R R R L

L L

R R

S

R

L R R

R R R

5'9" 6'

200 170 190

R

R

6'1"

195

R R R

R R R

6'2" 6' 6' 6'2"

210 200 200

L

L

R

R

2B Tarantola, Marc Downs, Ryan Soliday, Jeremy Kluge, Jake

P INF/P OF INF

Weymouth, Jordan OF Meadows, Kyle DeVito, Tim OF/P Rostenhausler, Nico Fenwick, Jake Odom, Kevin LaGaly, Tony Brendel, Thomas Abbl, Frank Matthews, Chris

OF P P C P

Carr, Brian

Darwin, Andrew Fredrick, Eric Gonzales, Jason Sierra, Jose

1B OF P OF

L R

R R

R L

R L

L

R

R

R

R R R

R R R

R R

R R

L

R

R R

R R

C

Sanchez, Jacob Allen, Michael

1B P P C 1B/3B

Yount, Cody P

200 200 6'4" 6'3" 6'3" 5'11"

215 250 210 220 170

5'11" 215 6'2"

P Storey, Jordan McClain, Hobie

185

6'4"

P Giles, Kenneth Hennessey, Kevin Lugo, Lester

6' 6'

175 170

6'3"

1B/C/P Carrillo, Nick Steimel, A.J.

6' 6' 6' 5'10"

185 175 175 190

6'

P Simonz, Sean

WT

5'11"

C P INF

HT

6'2" 6'4" 6'1" 6' 6'2"

188 230 210 200 205 200

6'2" 6'3"

200 195

Residence (City, State)

School: Yr. as of Fall of Upcoming School year Southwest OK State: SenTucson, AZ ior Gilbert, AZ Central AZ CC: Sophomore Southwest Ok State: Senior Greely, CO Thornton, CO Mesa State: R/S Junior Virginia Commonwealth: Scottsdale, AZ Junior Southwest Ok State: Senior Huffman, TX Union (KY): Junior Phoenix, AZ Oklahoma State: Grad Awatukee, AZ William & Jewell: Senior Sandy, OR Casa Grande, Cal Baptist: Senior AZ Central AZ CC: Sophomore Billings, MT Univ. of Indianapolis: SenAnthem, AZ ior Northwood Univ.: Grad Wilcox, AZ Hardin Simmons: Junior Canyon, TX Missouri: Junior Phoenix, AZ Cottonwood, Ok Baptist: Junior AZ Central Florida: Junior Glendale, AZ Central AZ CC: Sophomore Phoenix, AZ San Jacinto, Arizona Christian: Junior CA East Central OK: Junior Tucson, AZ Central AZ CC: R/S FreshGilbert, AZ man Central AZ CC: R/S FreshTolleson, AZ man Albuquerque, University of Arizona: JunNM ior Chandler, AZ Wayland Baptist: Grad Lubbock Christian Junior Phoenix, AZ Iowa Weslyan College: Brawley, CA Senior Midland, MI Davenport Univ.: Junior Paradise Val- Virginia Commonwealth: ley, AZ Senior Virginia Commonwealth: Andover, KS Junior New Mexico: Junior Roswell, NM 2011 Casa Grande Cotton Kings Official Program 16


Programs represented

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NBC Schedule Date 6/2/11 6/3/11 6/4/11 6/7/11 6/10/11 6/11/11 6/14/11 6/16/11 6/17/11 6/17/11 6/18/11 6/18/11 6/20/11 6/21/11 6/24/11 6/25/11 6/25/11 6/28/11 6/30/11 7/8/11 7/8/11 7/9/11 7/9/11 7/14/11 7/15/11 7/16/11 7/17/11 8/3/11 8/4/11 8/5/11 8/7/11

Time 7:00 PM 7:05 PM 7:05 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 5:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM 5:00 PM 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 10:00 PM 2:00 PM 12:00 PM

Affiliation Non-league Non-league Non-league Non-league Non-league PSWL Non-league Non-league PSWL PSWL PSWL PSWL Non-league Non-league Non-league Non-league Non-league Non-league Non-league PSWL PSWL PSWL PSWL PSW NBC Reg. PSW NBC Reg. PSW NBC Reg. PSW NBC Reg. NBC World Series NBC World Series NBC World Series NBC World Series

Opponent at Arizona Legends at Palm Springs Power at Palm Springs Power at Phx NABA Lumberjacks at Arizona Diamond Jaxx at Tucson Nationals at Phx NABA Cubs at Scottsdale Scorpions at Tucson Nationals at Tucson Nationals at Tucson Nationals at Tucson Nationals at Phx NABA Lumberjacks at Arizona Legends vs. Arizona Legends vs. Las Cruces Aggies vs. Las Cruces Aggies at Arizona Diamond Jaxx at Phx NABA Cubs vs. Tucson Nationals vs. Tucson Nationals vs. Tucson Nationals vs. Tucson Nationals vs. Albuquerque Hitmen vs. New Mexico Thunder vs. Tucson Nationals vs. Tucson Nationals at Seattle Studs vs. Crestwood Panthers vs. Park City Rangers vs. Haysville Heat

Location Salt River Red Clay #5 - Scottsdale, AZ Palm Springs Stadium - Palm Springs, CA Palm Springs Stadium - Palm Springs, CA Salt River Red Clay #5 - Scottsdale, AZ Salt River Adobe Field #3 - Scottsdale, AZ Kino Sports Complex - Tucson, AZ Salt River Wild Horse #4 - Scottsdale, AZ Salt River Wild Horse #4 - Scottsdale, AZ Kino Sports Complex - Tucson, AZ Kino Sports Complex - Tucson, AZ Kino Sports Complex - Tucson, AZ Kino Sports Complex - Tucson, AZ Salt River Red Clay #5 - Scottsdale, AZ Salt River Red Clay #5 - Scottsdale, AZ Salt River Mesquite Field #6 - Scottsdale, AZ Casa Grande Union High - Casa Grande, AZ Casa Grande Union High - Casa Grande, AZ Salt River Red Clay #5 - Scottsdale, AZ Salt River Red Clay #5 - Scottsdale, AZ Kiwanis Field - Casa Grande, AZ Kiwanis Field - Casa Grande, AZ Kiwanis Field - Casa Grande, AZ Kiwanis Field - Casa Grande, AZ Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Lawrence-Dumont Stadium - Wichita, KS Lawrence-Dumont Stadium - Wichita, KS Lawrence-Dumont Stadium - Wichita, KS Lawrence-Dumont Stadium - Wichita, KS

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Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat Team Schedule Date 6/13/11 6/14/11 6/15/11 6/16/11 6/17/11 6/21/11 6/22/11 6/23/11 6/24/11 6/25/11 6/26/11 6/28/11 6/29/11 6/30/11 7/1/11 7/5/11 7/6/11 7/7/11 7/8/11 7/11/11 7/13/11 6/14/11 6/15/11 7/18/11 7/19/11 7/20/11 7/21/11 7/22/11

Time 7:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM

Affiliation ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL

7:30 PM

ACWBL

5:00 PM

ACWBL

5:00 PM 7:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM

ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL ACWBL

Opponent vs. Angels at Angels vs. Bighorns vs. Bighorns vs. Iggi's at Iggi's

Location Peoria Sports Complex (Padres) - Peoria, AZ Peoria Sports Complex (Padres) - Peoria, AZ Salt River D3 Quail Field - Scottsdale, AZ Salt River D4 Ramada Field - Scottsdale, AZ Gene Autry Park - Mesa, AZ Snediger Sports Complex - Chandler, AZ Salt River D5 Devil's Claw Field - Scottsdale, at Scorpions AZ Salt River D5 Devil's Claw Field - Scottsdale, vs. Scorpions AZ at Monsoon Gene Autry Park - Mesa, AZ vs. Monsoon Peoria Sports Complex (Padres) - Peoria, AZ vs. Rattlers Peoria Sports Complex (Padres) - Peoria, AZ vs. Heat Salt River D3 Quail Field - Scottsdale, AZ at Heat Salt River D3 Quail Field - Scottsdale, AZ vs. Sidewinders Salt River D3 Quail Field - Scottsdale, AZ at Sidewinders Salt River D3 Quail Field - Scottsdale, AZ vs. Horned Frogs Peoria Sports Complex (Padres) - Peoria, AZ at Horned Frogs Indian School Park #4 - Scottsdale, AZ at Red Rocks Snediger Sports Complex - Chandler, AZ vs. Red Rocks Grand Canyon University - Phoenix, AZ vs. Golden Eagles Peoria Sports Complex (Padres) - Peoria, AZ vs. Saguaros Peoria Sports Complex (Padres) - Peoria, AZ at Saguaros Peoria Sports Complex (Padres) - Peoria, AZ vs. Gila Monsters Peoria Sports Complex (Padres) - Peoria, AZ vs. Gila Monsters Peoria Sports Complex (Padres) - Peoria, AZ at Dust Devils Peoria Sports Complex (Padres) - Peoria, AZ vs. Dust Devils Indian School Park #4 - Scottsdale, AZ at Javelinas Salt River D4 Ramada Field - Scottsdale, AZ vs. Javelinas Salt River Wild Horse #4 - Scottsdale, AZ

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Back row: Jordan Storey, AJ Steimel, Jeremy Soliday, Sean Simonz, Jake Klugge, Frank Abbl, Jacob Sanchez, Hobie McLain, Eric Fredrick, Brian Carr, Nico Rosthenhausler, Joseph Walter (Coach) Front row: Ryan Downs, Jake Fenwick, Kevin Odom, Tim DeVito, Chris Matthews, Thomas Brendel, Marc Tarantola, Andrew Darwin, Michael Allen, Kyle Meadows— Not pictured: Jordan Weymouth, Jose Sierra, Lester Lugo, Kenny Giles, Nick Carrillo

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Joseph Walter General Manager Played collegiately at Wayland Baptist University 1996—1999. Threw the first no-hitter in school history in 1998. Worked as an instructor for Doyle Baseball Academy from 2003 to 2005 doing instructional schools from anywhere from three days to a week at a time in various locations around the country including Arizona, New Mexico, Washington, and Alaska. In 2004 he decided to restore the Casa Grande Cotton Kings who operated as a semi-pro team in the National Baseball Congress (NBC) from 1948 to 1962. The Cotton Kings of old captured 10 consecutive state titles , earning berths to the NBC World Series in Wichita, KS. Growing up in Casa Grande Walter heard countless stories about the Cotton Kings and the high baseball standards they set for not just Casa Grande, but for all of Pinal County. With the blessing of Cotton Kings original owner, John Singh, Walter joined the Pacific Southwest League of the NBC. In 2007 the Cotton Kings won the Pacific Southwest League regional qualifying tournament berth and returned to Wichita for the first time in over 45 years. Since the Cotton Kings have won the Pacific Southwest League and/or Regional Qualifying Tournament each of the last five years. Joseph hails from Kalispell, Montana and is married to Sara Walter of Abbington, PA. They are the proud parWalter was honored with the Distinguished ents of a daughter (Lauren) and son (Andrew). Young Alumni award at his alma mater Wayland Baptist in 2010.

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Tim DeVito Senior, Union College—St. Barbourville, KY 2011 will mark Tim’s fourth summer with the Cotton Kings. He originally played with them the summer after his senior season in high school at Sandra Day O’Connor in 2008. After spending the 2009 summer with Casa Grande he played all of last summer in the New York Collegiate league before once again joining the Cotton Kings for the NBC World Series. A highly versatile player, DeVito can play just about anywhere on the diamond and will throw meaningful innings on the mound. He has a combination of speed, athleticism, and a strong throwing arm. Prior to Union, Tim played for Victor Solis at Paradise Valley Community College 2011 batting at Union: Avg. At bats Runs Hits 2B

3B HR

RBI Slg % BB HBP SO OB%

SB-Att

PO Asst E

Fld%

.322 180

2

32

26-32

90

.953

39

58

8

2

.422

21 0

29

.391

11

5

2011 pitching at Union: ERA W-L

App-GS CG Sho SV IP

H

R

ER BB SO

2B

3B HR AB

3.32 7-1

20-4

34

23

14 20

12

0

0

0/1 2

38

42

0

B/Avg. Wp

148 .230

12

Hbp Bk

Sfa Sha

5

0

0

1

Kevin Odom 5’11”, 205 lbs Senior, Cal Baptist—Riverside, CA Like DeVito, Odom has spent his fair share of time in a Cotton Kings uniform, joining the Cotton Kings as one of the high school senior “pups” after his senior year at Casa Grande Union High School in 2007. In his Cotton King debut he wasted no time going 3-4 with a double off the wall at Phoenix College against the Arizona Clash. After a redshirt year at Central Arizona Community College Kevin played two years for the Vaqueros under Jon Wente, a member of consecutive Region 1 title teams. Odom is a dynamic offensive player with the ability to go deep foul line to foul line and steal bases. 2011 batting at Cal Baptist: Avg. At bats Runs Hits 2B

3B HR

RBI Slg % BB HBP SO OB%

SB-Att

PO Asst E

.329 170

1

37

12-16

16

47

56

9

7

.518

14 16

30

.428

56

Fld%

12 .857

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Jeremy Soliday 6’2”, 185 Senior, Southwestern Oklahoma State University—Weatherford, OK Jeremy is a 2010 returner who had his summer cut short due to a hand injury. He hails from Greely, CO and played his first two collegiate seasons at Eastern Arizona Community College where he was nominated for the Rawlings Gold Glove before transferring to Southwestern Oklahoma and having a solid Junior season. Jeremy is well-versed in all infield positions and will also see time on the mound. He is extremely valuable with his versatility and relentless style of play. He only has one gear. 2011 batting at Southwestern Oklahoma State: Avg. At bats Runs Hits 2B

3B HR

RBI Slg % BB HBP SO OB%

SB-Att

PO Asst E

Fld%

.393 163

1

44

8-9

33

.920

40

64

14

1

.509

25 7

22

.487

48

7

Jake Klugge 6’1”, 180 Redshirt Junior, Mesa State—Grand Junction, CO Jake is also a 2010 Cotton King returner. He primarily played right field last summer and was a member of the NBC World Series team. He did not play collegiately in 2011 due to NCAA double-transfer rules and is looking to get back in the swing of things for the fall of 2011 when he attends Mesa State. He is capable of playing all three outfield positions and displays a strong, accurate throwing arm. He may be used on the mound sparingly as a situational lefty as the majority of his throws should take place in the outfield. Ability to drive in runs and steal bases could land him anywhere in the lineup. 2011 batting at Chandler-Gilbert CC: Avg. At bats Runs Hits 2B

3B HR

RBI Slg % BB HBP SO OB%

SB-Att

PO Asst E

Fld%

.272 92

3

13

9-10

37

.950

18

25

4

0

.380

14 0

27

.364

1

2

Nick Carrillo 6’3”, 225 Sophomore, Central AZ CC—Coolidge, AZ In Nick’s two seasons at CAC he saw time on the mound, outfield, first base, and behind the plate. He’s an impact bat with power to all fields and athletic enough to hold down multiple positions. He signed to play catcher at Central Florida in 2012, therefore he will see the majority of his time behind the plate. Expect to see him somewhere in the middle of the lineup throughout the summer and don’t be surprised if he comes in to close out some games on the mound as well. 2011 batting at Central Arizona CC: Avg. At bats Runs Hits 2B 3B HR

RBI Slg % BB HBP SO OB%

SB-Att

PO

Asst E

Fld%

.315 213

41

11-0

303

22

.994

47

67

19

4

2

.469

35 6

33

.419

2

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Brian Carr 6’2”, 183 Junior, University of Missouri—, MO Brian took a rather unconventional path by beginning his college career as a freshman at the University of Missouri, transferring to Central AZ CC, then transferring back to Mizzou. Although Brian is a newcomer to the Cotton Kings he will be surrounded by teammates from high school (Tim DeVito, Nick Carrillo - Sandra Day O’Connor) and junior college (everyone from Central AZ CC). Brian will primarily be a starter, but he may get some work in relief during mid-week games. He has a mid-upper 80’s fastball with arm-side run and will throw his secondary pitches in any count. He works fast and will occasionally change arm angles.

Nico Rosthenhausler 5’11”, 197 Senior, Oklahoma State University– Stillwater, OK Nico played for the Cotton Kings in the summer of 2008 and 2009 before heading to the Cape Cod league in 2010. He started in 50 games in left field for the Ok State Cowboys in 2010. Through hard work and dedication Nico made an impressive transformation from his freshman to sophomore seasons at South Mountain CC, losing over 50 pounds and going from a first baseman to the starting leftfielder and leadoff hitter. In addition to signing with Ok State in 2009 he was also selected in the 50th round by the Detroit Tigers. He brings a highly-experienced bat with above average speed and a strong throwing arm. He could play any of the three outfield positions, corner infield, or catch. 2011 batting at Oklahoma State: Avg. At bats Runs Hits 2B

3B HR

RBI Slg % BB HBP SO OB%

SB-Att

PO

Asst E

Fld%

.242 66

0

7

3-4

38

0

.974

10

16

3

0

.288

1

1

14

.261

1

Kyle Meadows 6’, 180 Senior, Southwestern Oklahoma State University—Weatherford, OK Kyle joins the Cotton Kings by way of college teammate, Jeremy Soliday. Referred to as “the fastest player on the team” on the Southwest OK State Bulldogs website, Meadows will see time in all three outfield spots and will hit in a variety of different spots in the lineup. He will have the green light on the bases and should be amongst the team leaders in stolen bases.

2011 batting at Southwest Oklahoma State: Avg. At bats Runs Hits 2B

3B HR

RBI Slg % BB HBP SO OB%

SB-Att

PO

Asst E

Fld%

.289 97

0

11

10-12

41

0

1.000

18

28

6

0

.351

8

0

13

.343

0

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Jake Fenwick 5’9”, 180 Senior, William & Jewell Ian is a 2010 returner, having played for the Cotton Kings by way of the Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League and on a limited basis in Pacific Southwest League play after being slowed by a thumb injury. He can play all over the infield and outfield. He runs well, is athletic, hard-nosed, and hustles on everything. He will hit in various spots throughout the lineup having the ability to hit behind runners as well as drive in runs. As part of his degree program, Jake will also serve as the Cotton King’s intern this summer. 2011 pitching at William & Jewell: ERA W-L

App-GS CG Sho SV IP

H

R

ER BB SO

2B

3B HR AB

4.56 3-3

16-0

27

16

12 15

6

0

0

0

2

23.2

15

4

B/Avg. Wp

111 .300

0

Hbp Bk

Sfa Sha

4

1

0

1

Jose Sierra 6’1”, 220 Redshirt Freshman, Central Arizona Community College Jose is a legitimate power threat and will occupy the middle of the lineup. Unfortunately, a hamstring injury cost him his freshman year and he was unable to be a part of the Vaqueros 2011 NJCAA Div. I title run. He will get ample opportunity to get caught up on his at-bats and repetitions behind the plate with the Cotton Kings this summer.

Jason Gonzales 5’11”, 176 Redshirt Freshman, Central Arizona Community College Unfortunately, a shoulder injury cost Jason his freshman season at Central Arizona CC. He’ll see time primarily in left field, but may end up playing all three outfield positions. He has excellent bat control and awareness of the strike zone. He’ll drive the ball to all fields and may end hitting anywhere in the lineup depending on who the Cotton Kings are matched up with.

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Thomas Brendel 6’3”, 210 Redshirt Junior, University of Indianapolis Thomas has played for the Cotton Kings in 2009, 2010, and now 2011. After two seasons at Glendale Community College under Coach Dave Grant he transferred to New Mexico State and played one season for Rocky Ward. Brendel may see some time at first base or DH as he was amongst ACCAC leaders in most offensive categories while at GCC. He spent time on the infield and on the mound for the Cotton Kings in years past. He’ll be expected to shoulder a big load and while it’s uncertain whether he’ll be near the top of the rotation or appearing late in the game with slim lead, he’ll throw meaningful innings this summer.

Marc Tarantola 5’9”, 170 Redshirt Junior, Southwest Oklahoma State Marc is a Pacific Southwest League NBC veteran having played for the Garden of Gears under the legendary Bill Moore in 2009 and for Guy Welsh on The Yard from Tucson in 2010. He spent two years at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona under John Stratton before transferring to New Mexico Highlands where he redshirted in 2011. Marc has decided to move on and will be joining Jeremy Soliday and Kyle Meadows at Southwest Oklahoma State in 2012. Marc will primarily play second base, but may see time at other positions on the infield. His bat is his calling card and he may end up in the middle of the lineup if he establishes himself as a run-producer.

A.J. Steimel 6’5”, 240 Sophomore, Central Arizona College A.J. had a successful freshman campaign on the national runner-up Vaqueros in 2011 batting .415. He is remarkably agile for his size and has the hands, arm strength and accuracy to play both corner positions. He will get the lions’ share of the playing time at first and will be asked to drive in runs while using his athleticism to prevent them at first. Cotton King infielders will be grateful to have him as a target and even more appreciative when he digs out some bad throws. Avg. At bats Runs Hits 2B

3B HR

RBI Slg % BB HBP SO OB%

SB-Att

PO

Asst E

Fld%

.415 53

1

13

1-0

50

4

.964

9

22

5

0

.547

5

4

8

.484

2

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James Maxwell 6’5”, 230 Grad, Cameron University James hails from Australia played collegiately at Mesa Community College for two years before moving on to Cameron University in Oklahoma. He played for the Cotton Kings in parts of 2009 and 2010 and is looking to sign professionally. He’s a workhorse with a huge arsenal of pitches he can throw for strikes in any count. He may see time starting or relieving and has the stuff to be near the top of the rotation or to close.

Jordan Weymouth 5’11”, 180 Sophomore, Central Arizona College Jordan actually played some non-league games with the Cotton Kings while in high school. His older brother, Austin, pitched and played infield for the Cotton Kings in 2006 and 2007. Weymouth started his college career at the University of Texas where he hit .333 as a freshman. He decided to transfer to Central Arizona Community College for his sophomore campaign where he was a fixture in the Vaquero infield hitting .370 with a home run and 14 stolen bases while playing in 66 games. Jordan will start at shortstop for the Cotton Kings providing them a slick-fielding sparkplug with a knack for getting on base and being disruptive on the bases.

Eric Fredrick 6’5”, 240 Sophomore, Pima Community College Eric logged a

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Chris Matthews 6’1”, 200 Sophomore, New Mexico JC/ Hardin Simmons University Chris joins the Cotton Kings by way of West Texas and will see significant time behind the plate. He began his college career at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, NM before transferring to Hardin Simmons in Abilene, TX. He is an excellent defender with the ability to shut down the running game. He has the ability to hit in various spots in the lineup.

Ryan Downs 5’11”, 175 R/S Freshman, Central Arizona College Ryan initially went to Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS out of high school. After redshirting in 2010 he transferred to Central Arizona CC for his freshman season. A returner from the 2010 Cotton Kings, Downs is slated for a well-deserved spot in the rotation. He’s at his best when he works quickly, pounding the zone with an upper-80’s fastball and a 12-6 curve.

Lester Lugo 6’4”, 220 Sophomore, Vernon JC Lugo was a high school teammate of Jose Sierra. He has a 3/4 arm slot and pitches from the right side of the rubber giving right handed batters the illusion he’s coming directly towards them. He has arm-side run on his fastball and a sharp, late-breaking slider that darts in the opposite direction. Lester may seem time in the rotation or bullpen depending on consistency and overall staff workload. He has “ace” stuff when in command of his pitches.

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Ian Ratchford 6’, 190 Sophomore, UCONN Avery Point Ian is a 2010 returner, having played for the Cotton Kings by way of the Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League and on a limited basis in Pacific Southwest League play after being slowed by a thumb injury. He can play all over the infield and outfield. He runs well, is athletic, hard-nosed, and hustles on everything. He will hit in various spots throughout the lineup having the ability to hit behind runners as well as drive in runs. 2011 batting at UCONN Avery Point: Avg. At bats Runs Hits 2B

3B HR

RBI BB HBP SO OB%

SB-Att

PO Asst

E

Fld%

.286 91

0

15

7-8

79

6

.941

24

26

6

0

18 5

29

.391

16

John Schott 6’1”, 210 Sophomore, Menlo College John played for the Cotton Kings in the Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League in 2010 after completing his senior season at Cactus high school in Peoria. He spent his freshman campaign at Menlo College in Atherton, CA with 13 appearances on the mound. Schott also plays first base and will see time on the infield as well as on the mound this summer.

2011 pitching at Menlo College: ERA W-L

App-GS CG Sho SV IP

H

R

ER BB SO

2B

3B HR AB

B/Avg. Wp

Hbp Bk

Sfa Sha

5.51 2-1

13-1

16

12

10 8

4

0

.242

5

1

0

0/1 1

16.1

8

2

75

3

1

0

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