Hartz to Return, Marcus Will Bring Lefty Power
Six of Ben Hartz's nine starts for the BlueSox last summer came on the road, but the changing scenery did not seem to affect him much. Coming off a light spring, he threw over 50 innings for the BlueSox in nine regular season starts. He will look to be a bright spot once again for the Sox in 2015.
"Ben just wants the ball and that type of attitude is, in my opinion, why he has been so successful with us," said Anthony Rebyanski, the BlueSox Direct of Player Personnel. "Having him return to the BlueSox in 2015 is great for our pitching staff. It's always good to have a few guys that are familiar with the league, with the way the coaching staff works, and that can be a leader on and off the field."
At one point in late June, Hartz combined in three consecutive starts to hold his opponents scoreless for 11.2 consecutive innings. In the second game, he turned in one of his best starts of the yearsix shutout innings, allowing only four hits and one walk against the Chillicothe Paints. The win was his third in four starts and pulled Butler closer to the Paints in first place.
The outing against Chillicothe was also one of five quality starts on the summer. His 2.27 ERA was second on Butler's staff among qualified pitchers. Hartz got the call against the Paints in Butler's first post-season game ever.
"He was one of the guys that helped get us to the post-season for the first time in franchise history in 2014," said Rebyanski. "We beleive he will do whatever he has to do to help get the 'Sox back there in 2015."
A native of Pittsburgh, Hartz played high school ball at Shady Side Academy, where he was the 2011 WPIAL Pitcher of the Year and the 2012 WPIAL Player of the Year.
David Marcus, INF, Cal U
Butler has had some great players from California University of PA in recent seasons, including Kyle Petty who was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2013. David Marcus will look to continue that trend.
"I am excited to have Dave come to Butler this summer, especially after seeing what he is capable of doing offensively this fall and winter," said Rebyanski. "He displays tremendous power from the left side and is a guy who attacks the baseball. I believe he will be a threat no matter where he is hitting in the lineup. It will be fun to see what he can do against quality arms in the Prospect League this summer."
Last spring he was named to the All-PSAC West Team along with teammates and former BlueSox Matt Peters and Mick Fennell. Marcus hit .324/.391/.465 in 46 starts as a sophomore last spring for the Vulcans, splitting time as a first baseman and DH.
Marcus tied Peters for the team leading 35 RBIs, including 11 that came with two outs. He also turned in an error-less performance in the field. Originally from Ontario, Marcus will be one of only a few Sox that have come from Canada.