The Bacon have already have five players returning from the 2018 season. From Coastal Plain League All-Stars, Middle Georgia natives and local universities, the Bacon have seen an above average return rate of players for summer collegiate baseball. This is thanks to large crowds and overall team success in year number one. Now, they have signed three more returners from the 2018 season: Alex Canty, Jared Kapturasky and Zach Weisz.
“All three of these young men showed up to the field the same way every day, ready to work and to help the team win. Having a team full of players with attributes like these three will be huge in our pursuit of a successful summer.” Said Manager Danny Higginbotham.
Canty, a junior at Southeast Missouri State saw plenty of time at second base for the Bacon in 2018. The Batavia, New York native batted .296 in 24 games played. He also knocked in eight RBIs, four stolen bases and scored 10 runs. Last season with Southeast Missouri State, he played in 28 games where he hit .200, knocked in nine RBIs and hit five home runs. He is expected to make an impact with the Redhawks this spring.
“Alex was vital to our success last year and battled through adversity with a couple minor injuries. He powered through and finished the summer on a high note. We were excited to offer him an opportunity to come back for a second summer and were ecstatic when he accepted. Alex will bring top notch defensive ability and range to our middle infield. He also proved himself to be a contributor to our offense in multiple ways.” Said Higginbotham.
Kapturasky, a junior at Mercyhurst University (Erie, PA) had a solid year for the Bacon in 2018. In 29 games played, he hit .231, knocked in 12 RBIs, had five stolen bases and two home runs. He also pitched a few innings with the Bacon, striking out five batters in four innings. The Youngstown, Ohio native is expected to help make an impact for the Lakers this year. Last season, he played in 33 games with 11 hits, one triple and one home run.
“Jared (Kap) contributed in many different ways last season and even helped on the mound a little towards the end of the summer. He has the ability to play all three outfield spots and has the potential to produce offensively at a high level. Kap proved himself to show up every day as the same guy and work hard. We can’t wait to have him back with us.” Said Higginbotham.
Weisz, a junior at Hope International University (La Jolla, CA) also had a solid year with the Bacon in 2018. In 32 games played, he had a batting average of .270, knocked in eight RBIs, scored 15 runs and stole eight bases. The La Jolla, California native played the previous spring at Cal State Fullerton, but will be playing this spring at Hope International University. He is expected to help HIU make a run at the NAIA National Championship this year.
“Zach was a vital part of our outfield. He patrolled centerfield at a high level and we expect the same from him this summer. Offensively, he helped us in the leadoff spot for a while and consistently put together good at bats that helped our offense produce. I had the opportunity to coach his brother Keaton the last two summers and now Zach for a second as well. It has been a blast working with both young men and seeing them improve on and off the field.” Said Higginbotham
“It is truly rare to see this many players return for a second year in summer collegiate baseball.” said Team President Brandon Raphael, “It goes to show how much these players enjoyed Macon and all the Bacon fans that came to support.”
Opening Night for the Bacon will be Friday, May 31st at 7PM.