Generals Add Two Players

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Don Brubaker

dbrubaker@newscenter25.com

Updated: 4/11 9:31 pm

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The Victoria Generals of the Texas Collegiate League have announced the signing
of two players from the St. Mary's Rattlers roster.  Short stop
Drake Roberts and catcher Keith Funk will suit up for the Generals as they begin
their 2014 summer campaign.
 

"The 
Generals have had plenty of success
over the years with players from St. Mary's, "stated Mike
Yokum, GM of the Generals. "Matt McClain and Nathan Humpal were our most recent players that really contributed to the
Generals success this past season."


Drake Roberts, a junior from Brenham, Texas, was
selected out of high school by the Minnesota Twins in the 49th round of the 2011
MLB draft. Roberts began playing with Team USA at the age of 15 while
attending high school and was named an
ESPN Rise Top 10 high school short stop. Roberts played nine games
his freshman season with the Oklahoma
Sooners. He moved on
to Navarro College his sophomore season and helped lead the team to a
JUCO College World Series appearance. In 56 games played,
batted an impressive .349 with 42 RBI …led the team in several categories
including hits (74), runs scored (46), doubles (15) and stolen bases
(26).
  Roberts has played in all 37 games so far this season and is
currently hitting .314 and leads the Rattlers in hits with 42.


“Drake is a very gifted athlete that has really good speed,”
commented
Yokum. 
“He is prototypical leadoff hitter and short stop who we’ll rely on to score a lot of runs for
us this summer.”


Keith Funk, a sophomore catcher from San Antonio,
Texas,
played in 17 games with 12
starts in his freshman season. Funk was strong behind the plate with 64 putouts,
six assists and only two errors. At the plate, Keith batted .279 with two
doubles and six runs scored …recorded six RBIs on the season, four of which came
against Colorado State Pueblo in the South Central Region Tournament.
Funk this season has played in 36 of 37 games and is currently hitting .272 on the season.


“Keith has a great frame and solid range from behind the
plate, commented
Yokum."   “He’s also had a
really strong season at the plate and we’ll rely on him to be a run producer in
our lineup.”
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