The Wonder Boys have fresh faces on the mound this spring as the season opens. With the team recently fighting a tough two week road skid, a few new names have been called on in action, and these right-handed pitchers have delivered.
Pitcher Hayes Cox, from Fayetteville, has shown he can play at this level, already getting his name called in recent tournament play and in conference play.
Another pitcher, Zack Kesterson, comes from Duke University, where he saw some action as a freshman before moving further from his home state of New York to attend Arkansas Tech.
He got some early action in a tournament play loss against Angelo State and exhibition play with Missouri Western, splitting the two games by grabbing the win against Missouri Western from pitching five innings in each. He comes with more length stretching down the mound, checking in at 6 foot, 2 inches and an active arm.
Sharing that length is Degan Harte, from Phoenix, Arizona. After winning a NJCAA Division 1 title at Yavapai, Harte shows an upside by posting strikeouts early.
He is followed by fellow newcomer Michael Mueller, who recently played for the Scottsdale Community College Artichokes.
Mueller is originally from Canada, coming to the United States to participate in an American pastime. He has shown his teammates in the field that they can take a break when he toes the rubber. Mueller leads the team in strikeouts by a decent sized margin, and it is safe to say he loves making the umpire punch-out after a batter whiffs on that third strike.
Nathan Withrow is another name to get familiar with. Withrow comes from the Lone Star state of Texas. Withrow appeared in 15 games at Hill College, and plans help wherever needed. Withrow comes off as poised, bringing in one of the lowest earned run averages of the team. With these fresh faces leading the bullpen early in the season, it will be a sight to watch, so make sure to attend or tune in to watch Wonder Boy Baseball all season long.