Entering the final week of the 2013 regular season, Southwest Minnesota State head baseball coach Paul Blanchard announced Tuesday the signing of five student-athletes who will join the team for the upcoming year.
The list of signees inclues three high school seniors and a pair of junior college transfers.
Three pitchers are among the new signees. One is Brandyn Olsen, a 6-foot-2 right-hander from Blue Earth. Olson is a three-year starter who recorded 49 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings in 2012. He also batted .333 with 13 RBIs as a junior. A multi-sport athlete, Olsen was an all-conference player in basketball and a starter on the Blue Earth state championship football team in 2012.
The second pitcher is right-hander Derek Schlangen. Schlangen, who stands 6-1, is a native of Kimball and attends ROCORI High School. He is a multi-year letterwinner in both baseball and football.
One of the two incoming junior college transfers will also be looked upon to help out the team on the mound. Mitch Wurm, a graduate of Maple Lake High School, is currently a sophomore at St. Cloud Tech and Community College. He was a member of the 2012 team that qualified for the NJCAA World Series. He finished the 2012 season with a 2.74 ERA, compiling 25 strikeouts. This spring he has a 3-1 record and a 1.82 ERA in a team-high 29 2/3 innings pitched. He also had 21 strikeouts. He has tossed three complete games and two shutouts.
The two remaining signees will be brought in to help bolster the infield. Austin Stubbs, also a member of the St. Cloud Tech and Community College team, is a first baseman and team captain on the squad as a sophomore. He batted .365 with three home runs and 12 doubles as a freshman. This spring, Stubbs is batting a team-high .417 with eight doubles and 20 RBIs.
Infielder Cole VanderBeek is the final member of the incoming group of signees. He batted .293 with 71 hits, 33 RBIs and 29 stolen bases during the high school and Legion baseball seasons.