Sox Add Two Versatile Pitchers
Andre Jones did not get much time on the mound a freshman, finishing the spring with just 6.1 innings and an ERA that was close to 10. After a redshirted season, he cut his runs allowed in half last year, with a 4.87 ERA over 20 innings, and he has stayed on his pace this spring.
Now a junior, Jones has already thrown 16.1 innings over a staff-leading seven appearances. His 2.20 ERA is the best on the team. Having started twice, his 12 Ks are more than double his walks.
"Getting to work with Andre at Cal, this kid shows the determination and desire to not only better himself on a daily basis, but to better his teammates," said Anthony Rebyanski, the BlueSox Director of Player Personnel and an assistant coach at California University of PA.
"Andre has made both relief appearances along with spot starts thus far for Cal. Whatever role we decide to use him in we know he will be up for the challenge as we look for him to be one of the upperclassman leaders on the pitching staff."
Jones played football and basketball in addition to baseball at Union High School in New Castle, PA. He lettered all four years and was named to All-Section and All-County teams.
Larry Wood, P, Northwood University
Having allowed just eight runs over 46.1 innings, the top three arms out of Northwood University's bullpen have been great this spring, and Larry Wood has been a big part of that. The sophomore will look to keep that theme rolling into the summer for Butler.
"Larry is a late pickup for us, but one that I believe will help bolster our bullpen in a big way," said Rebyanski.
"He does have the ability to start which could prove to be beneficial over the long haul of our season. Being left handed, we believe that he can help us in numerous ways and are glad that he will be joining us this summer."
Wood will be one of two Michigan natives on the Sox this summerNorthwood University is located in Midland, Michigan. The Timberwolves are members of the Great Lakes Conference.
His 18.1 innings have already surpassed his output from a year ago when he threw 16.1 as a freshman. Wood has cut in half his walk-rate, which has led to his ERA dropping from 5.51 last season to 2.45 this spring.