A’s pitcher, Jack Larsen (above) releases a pitch during the 2011 WIAC Conference Championship Tournament.
We begin our preview of the 2011 Sheboygan A’s with a brief look at the pitching staff. With a demanding summer schedule, quality pitching is always at a premium. This season’s staff comes from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Four of the young hurlers listed on the roster will not be available on Opening Night because their college teams are still alive in postseason play.
*denotes unavailable for Opening Night
Player’s highest level of playing experience is listed in parenthesis.
Mitchell Gardner (Marian University)—Gardner was bit by the injury bug in 2010 and missed most of the summer season. This spring, he went 2-3 with a 6.65 ERA in eight starts at Marian University. He finished the season recording 30 strikeouts against 16 walks.
Ryan Hamm (Illinois Wesleyan University)—The Sheboygan native was placed on the roster at the latter end of the 2010 season after the completion of the legion season. This spring, he went 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA during his freshman campaign at Illinois Wesleyan. Hamm recorded 6 strikeouts and surrendered 5 walks in 8.1 innings pitched.
Eric Van Beck (UW-Stevens Point)—The reigning Most Valuable Pitcher returns to the A’s roster after a brief foray into the Northwoods League where he went 1-2 in four appearances for the Green Bay Bullfrogs. This season, Van Beck went 2-0 with a 5.40 E.R.A. in three starts for UWSP who won both the regular season and tournament championships in the WIAC.
Collin Weyer (UI-Chicago)* — Weyer currently holds a 3-1 record for UIC who claimed a share of the Horizon League regular season title. He has a 2.65 E.R.A and has held opposing batters to a .234 average. In his first Horizon league start, Weyer tossed a two-hit, complete game shutout. He was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 16 for his effort.
Jake Ristow (UW-Madison Club)—Ristow, who played his high school ball at Sheboygan South, made nine appearances a season ago and recorded two saves. His club team statistics were not immediately available.
Bryan Dominick (Central Methodist University)—Dominick enters returns for his third season in an A’s uniform after trying his hand in the New York Collegiate League. In 2011, he was 1-2 with a 6.43 ERA and recorded one save in 12 appearances for Central Methodist.
Max Kramsky (Upper Iowa University)—Kramsky, the younger brother of A’s catcher Phil Kramsky, was a late season roster addition in 2010. He recently completed his freshman season at Upper Iowa. His collegiate stats were not immediately available.
Connor Lenz (Edgewood College)—Lenz made 14 appearances for Sheboygan a year ago, going 2-0 with three saves and a 2.38 ERA. During the collegiate season, Lenz went 1-1 with 3.38 ERA in 13 appearances. During that stretch, he held opposing batters to a .220 average.
Parker Schrage (MATC-Madison)* — In nine starts, Schrage has gone 5-2, tossing four complete games for MATC-Madison. He has a 3.13 E.R.A in 54.2 innings pitched.
Ben Stanczyk (Milwaukee Brewers AA)—The 2001 Wisconsin State League Player of the year returns to the A’s after spending some time away from the club. Stanczyck had a stellar career at UW-Milwaukee and in 2004 became the first player in Horizon League History to be named both Pitcher and Player of the year. He progressed as high as AA Huntsville within the Milwaukee Brewers organization. He was a combined 21-14 in the minors.
Glenn Nowell (Edgewood College)—Nowell is coming off a successful college season. In six starts, Nowell went 4-2 with a 2.66 ERA. In 44 innings pitched, he held opposing batters to a .191 average, the lowest mark of any member of the A’s staff. He racked up 31 strikeouts while surrendering just eight walks.
Carsten Haas (Nicolet High School)—Haas played his high school ball in the North Shore Conference at Nicolet High School. He has not played in college. His high school stats were not immediately available.
Mike Huckabay (MATC-Madison)*– So far in 2011, Huckabay has posted a perfect 6-0 record, his six wins are the most among all A’s pitchers. His 2.61 ERA helped his squad reach the NJCAA World Series.
Jack Larsen (UW-Whitewater)*– The lanky right-hander is currently 2-0 in 10 appearances at UW-Whitewater. His 1 86 E.R.A. is the lowest of the entire Sheboygan staff. He will not be available on Opening Night because he will be in Appleton for day one of the NCAA DIII World Series.
Will Madson (Detroit Tigers A)—The long-time A will toe the rubber in Sheboygan for yet another season. The veteran has recorded a 36-24 record over the span of 13 seasons. In 2010, Madson went 2-0 with a 3.08 E.R.A.