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Saturday, 14 April 2012 15:04

Paulencu, MacDonnell, Grose highlight Indians’ returning pitchers

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The Swift Current Indians will have five pitchers with WMBL experience on their roster in 2012, headlined by San Francisco Giants draft pick Adam Paulencu and local products Taylor MacDonnell and Reiley Grose.


 



MacDonnell (Swift Current, Sask./Wayne State) is the elder statesman of the all-righty group, entering his fourth season with the Indians. Paulencu (Sherwood Park, Alta./Embry-Riddle) is entering his third year with the Tribe, while Grose (Wymark, Sask./Vancouver Island Baseball Institute), Myles Ethier (Grande Prairie, Alta.), and Alex Tufts (Kentville, N.S./Canisius College) are back for a second season.
 
Paulencu didn’t appear for the Tribe in 2011, after being drafted by the Giants, but threw 20 regular-season and playoff innings without allowing an earned run in 2010, and is 5-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 58.2 innings pitched for Embry-Riddle this year.
 
“Adam is an outstanding pitcher with electric stuff,” said Indians head coach Joe Carnahan. “Adam can start and close with equal effectiveness and he will have the opportunity to pitch in some big games for us this summer.”
 
MacDonnell reduced his WHIP from 1.85 in 2010 to 1.27 in 2011 and has a 2.50 ERA in 18 innings of relief work at Wayne State this year. Grose pitched just 10 innings for the Indians in 2011, though the team’s record was 5-1 in games he appeared in, and has a 2.41 ERA this year in 20.1 innings pitched for VIBI.
 
“Taylor is a competitor who challenges hitters, and throughout his time with the club has been very consistent as both a reliever and a starter,” said Carnahan. “Reiley improved a great deal last summer and we will be counting on him to get some big outs in key situations this year.”
 
Ethier is a graduate of VIBI while Tufts is entering his senior year with Canisius.
 
“Last year Myles won the Teammate of the Year Award and that speaks volumes about the quality person he is,” said Carnahan. “Myles is a much needed experienced pitcher for our young staff.
 
“Alex worked through some early-season mechanical kinks last year and ended up being our best starter down the stretch. Alex pounds the zone and loves to compete. We will be looking for Alex to provide us with quality starts and put us in a position to win each time he takes the mound.”

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