News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Terre Haute Rex

May 27, 2012

Rex summer league team will have almost entire new pitching staff

TERRE HAUTE — Perseverance was one of the stories for the Terre Haute Rex during the 2011 season as manager Brian Dorsett took the team to its first playoff berth in its second year of existence.

As can happen in a 56-game schedule, injuries to the pitching staff and on the field created adversity, but a deep bench and midseason acquisitions helped the team push through to a Prospect League West Division title.

Key players — and leaders — from last year such as two-year Rex standout Koby Kraemer, big midseason pickup Steven Bruno and Indiana State outfielder Lucas Hileman are gone.

Except for reliever Nick Cunningham, the entire pitching staff will be brand new to Rex fans, who built on the inaugural 2010 season by averaging more than 1,000 fans per home game at Bob Warn Field.

Indiana State catcher and Missouri Valley Conference Most Valuable Player Jeremy Lucas is on the roster, but the West Vigo graduate is expected to be drafted in next month’s MLB Draft.

Terre Haute native Jacob Hayes, who redshirted for the Sycamores this spring, returns to the team as a quality left-handed hitter.

“Versatile player, can play infield and outfield. Look for him at both spots,” Dorsett said. “He’s got a lot of upside and will be a big plus for Indiana State next year.”

Another MVC player, Southern Illinois’ Nick Johnson, is a returnee who could bat in the middle of the order but could be a late arrival due to a knee injury.

Catcher Brett Teschner is back behind the plate, and Cunningham will return after his season with the Arizona Wildcats.

Chris Roglen, a part-time starter in 2011, is back and Dorsett expects more in 2012 from the big right-handed hitter.

“He did not have a good year last year for us. But I knew he possessed the ability to get it going when we brought him in,” Dorsett said. “Sure enough, he had a tremendous season at Scottsdale Community College. They’re going to the JUCO World Series, and hit third for them all year.”

Late-season pickup Michael Schroeder, a Northwest Indiana native who provides a left-handed arm and a capable bat, is another player Dorsett is excited to get back in Terre Haute.

“With the returning guys, what’s nice about that, they know what it’s like to play here,” Dorsett said. “They’re excited to be back. They can pass that message to the other players that they’re going to love it. A lot of these kids don’t play in front of these types of crowds so that’s something the new guys can look forward to.”

As noted above, pitching depth can be big in wooden-bat collegiate summer leagues such as the Prospect League.

Dorsett is excited about a staff that includes Indiana State right-handed starter Ryan Torgerson, the Sycamores’ No. 3 starter.

“He’s going to be big for us we believe. We’re excited to have him,” Dorsett said.

Purdue’s Robert Ramer who has tossed 40 1/3 innings this spring with a 4.91 earned-run average, could be a key player for the Rex.

Dorsett and pitching coach John Howes will have multiple left-handers to send to the hill this year.

“We’re really excited about our pitching. Added quite a few lefties to the staff, something we were a little deficient in last year,” Dorsett said.

Among the lefties will be: Kyle Zimmerman of Wayne State, John Oltman of Creighton, Clay Manering of Parkland Community College, Ben Dartnell of Eastern Michigan and Christian Hull of Southeast Missouri State.

Right-hander Will Robinson of Valparaiso University and Billy Timmerman — a Valparaiso native who plays for Belmont Abbey — and Tommy Strunc of Creighton round out the pitching staff.

Terre Haute’s bullpen could be a strong point. University of Tennessee closer Nick Blount, a 6-foot-6 right-hander, will take over closing duties. Blount had 10 saves for the Volunteers, and Cunningham is a likely candidate for a set-up role.

Newcomers in the field include infielders Edwin Cheatham, Jason Blum, Spencer Mahoney, and Jeff Limbaugh, who is also an outfielder. Indiana State outfielder Casey McCurdy should also provide another solid left-handed bat.

The Rex open the season Tuesday at Danville. The Prospect League schedule has changed this season, with teams only playing teams within their division. The Rex and Dans will play 12 times this season, for example.

Rex general manager Roland Shelton hopes to capitalize on this opportunity to solidify a rivalry with the nearby Dans. The Rex are hoping the two teams can award a traveling trophy to the team that wins the season series.

A schedule heavy with division foes will limit travel and create more three-game series vs. opponents.

For Dorsett and his coaching staff that includes Ronnie Prettyman and newcomer Bobby Segal it’s a chance to do more coaching since they’ll get to know the opposing players better.

“We’ve always tried to make sure we were able to record as much as possible as far as pitching charts go. We also have a book on the opposing hitters,” Dorsett said. “We want to chart what they swung out and where it was hit. Then we’ll show our guys the chart on how to play them.  We’ll go over that prior to the at-bats, prior to the game. Guys will tend to start moving on their own and getting in position. It will make it a little more fun because u truly do build a book on them.”

The Rex home opener is Thursday against the Quincy Gems. Fireworks will follow after the game’s conclusion.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Terre Haute Rex
  • SPT 072914 ROSSELLI STEAL.jpg Sabo's 11th-inning double keeps Rex in first place

    Ryan Sabo, a Southern Illinois infielder, was one of several Terre Haute Rex players to come up short in RBI situations through nine innings, but he redeemed himself in the bottom of the 11th inning with a two-out double to center field to lift the Rex to a 2-1 victory over West Virginia.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • Degano2.jpg Bullpen mates: Three relievers coming on strong down stretch for Rex

    The Terre Haute Rex pitching staff ranks fifth among the 12 teams in the Prospect League in earned-run average this season and first in the league with only four home runs allowed all summer. But the Rex pitchers might be the best in the league the past two weeks as the team has had two shutouts and two games with one run allowed in the past week.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Metro: Rex maintain pace in West race

    The Terre Haute Rex maintained pace in the tight Prospect League West Division race with a 2-1 victory over the Springfield Sliders at Robin Roberts Stadium.

    July 29, 2014

  • Rex pull even with Gems in West Division

    Rex beat Quincy 2-1.

    July 24, 2014

  • Prospect League: Rex crush Cavemen

    One day after an errror-filled 13-inning loss to Springfield at home, the Terre Haute Rex cleaned up their act on the road. There were no errors, and for the Hannibal Cavemen, no runs either. Terre Haute's six-run fourth inning broke the game open as the Rex won 10-0 late Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Rex recover with 10-0 win over Hannibal

    Rex beat Hannibal 10-0 on Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • Newcomer pitches Rex to win at Danville

    Clint Chestnut made his first start as a member of the Terre Haute Rex a good one Saturday evening, allowing just three hits in 5 2/3 innings as the Rex won 2-1 at Danville.

    July 19, 2014

  • SPT071814 rex jacknewitz.jpg Lockdown: Rex’s Jacknewitz stifles Cavemen before record home crowd

    Greg Jacknewitz had his best start of the summer, taking a shutout into the eighth inning to earn a big ovation from the biggest crowd in the five years of the Terre Haute Rex franchise.
     

    July 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT071714 rex moralez.jpg Rex beat Chillicothe 3-1

    The Terre Haute defense backed Andrew Moralez with four double plays in his initial trip to the mound for the Rex on Thursday at Bob Warn Field as a season-high 1,184 fans watched a three-game losing streak come to a close.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Gems take two from Rex, drop Terre Haute to second place

    The Terre Haute Rex managed just one run in 16 innings Tuesday at Quincy, dropping both games of a doubleheader to the Gems, who took over first place in the West Division with the wins.

    July 16, 2014

  • SPT 071214 RYAN SABO.jpg Gems cut Rex hold on first place to 1/2 game

    As good as the Terre Haute Rex have been in the second half of the Prospect League season — the Rex had lost just once entering Saturday's game against the Quincy Gems — the Gems themselves have given the Rex little reason to feel comfortable atop the West Division.

    July 13, 2014 3 Photos

  • Metro sports: Rosselli, Biechler capture Prospect League honors

    The Terre Haute Rex swept the Prospect League Player of the Week honors this week.

    July 11, 2014

  • Rex return from All-Star break with a win at Danville

    The Terre Haute Rex returned to action on Thursday in winning fashion as they defeated Danville 4-1.

    July 11, 2014

  • MET070814 allstar rosselli.jpg Prospect League All-Star Game: East makes early lead stick in 9-2 victory

    The West Division will have to overcome the East Division having home-field advantage for the second straight year in the Prospect League's championship series. The East jumped out to an early lead on its way to a 9-2 victory in the Prospect League all-star baseball game Tuesday night.
    Like the Butler Blue Sox and West Virginia Miners in the East, Terre Haute can turn its focus to battling for a second-half title to earn a playoff berth.

    July 8, 2014 4 Photos

  • Rosselli gets close to winning Derby, but River Rat triumphs

    Terre Haute’s Tony Rosselli didn’t disappoint the hometown baseball fans Tuesday night, powering his way to eight home runs at Bob Warn Field.
    But Rosselli lost in a five-out tiebreaker round in the finals to Kyle Jackson of the Richmond River Rats to take second place in the Prospect League’s Home Run Derby.

    July 8, 2014

  • SPT 070514 JEFF ZAHN REX.jpg Shining stars: Rex manager Segal to lead West Division tonight at Bob Warn Field

    Terre Haute Rex first-year manager Bobby Segal will guide the West Division against the East Division, managed by Chillicothe’s Greg Cypret, in the Prospect League all-star baseball game, scheduled for tonight at Terre Haute’s Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium.

    July 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • Metro sports: McVicker brings home 3 gold medals

    Jack McVicker of Terre Haute won three gold medals in the IBJJF Paris Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament on June 28-29 in France.

    July 7, 2014

  • SPT 070514 TONY ROSSELLI.jpg Indiana State's Rosselli, Zahn providing power boost to Rex

    The Terre Haute Rex will have a pair of Indiana State baseball players among its 11 representatives in Tuesday’s Prospect League All-Star Game at Bob Warn Field.
    First baseman Jeff Zahn will start at first base for the West Division squad coached by Bobby Segal, and Terre Haute native Tony Rosselli will be a reserve outfielder.
    Rosselli hit his fifth and sixth home runs of the season Saturday to lead the Rex to their sixth straight win behind big offensive performances. The Rex have totaled 51 runs during their past five wins to start the second half of the season.

    July 5, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT 070514 REX RUN.jpg Rex roll to sixth straight victory Saturday

    When the Terre Haute Rex get five runs in a game? Bank on a victory. Often times, they get far more than that.
    So it was again on Saturday. A four-run fourth inning helped the Rex defeat Hannibal 8-2 in front of 1,028 fans at Bob Warn Field.

    July 5, 2014 2 Photos

  • Rex roll to 18-2 triumph

    The Terre Haute Rex cruised to an 18-2 victory over Springfield on Friday night, one night after scoring 15 runs.

    July 4, 2014

  • ISU players key Rex to 3-0 start in second half

    The Terre Haute Rex improved to 3-0 in the second half of the Prospect League schedule with a 5-1 victory Wednesday at Quincy.

    July 2, 2014

  • Rex pick up 5-2 victory at Quincy

    The Terre Haute Rex (18-13) and the Quincy Gems (17-12) each put runners in scoring position on Tuesday, but the Terre Haute Rex capitalized on more RBI opportunities, pulling out a 5-2 win at Quincy Stadium.

    July 1, 2014

  • Rex get 10 players on West All-Stars

    The Terre Haute Rex will have 10 players take the field July 8 for the Prospect League All-Star Game at Bob Warn Field.
    Manuel DeJesus, who is batting .368 on the season, will be in the starting lineup for the West Division, which will be led by Rex manager Bobby Segal.
    Rex third baseman Ryan Sabo, a .244 hitter, will start for the West, along with designated hitter Cayce Bredleau, a .276 hitter with a home run and 16 RBI through 28 games.

    July 1, 2014

  • Rex down Hannibal Cavemen, 7-5

    The Terre Haute Rex got back on the winning track Monday night in Prospect League baseball, scoring twice in the top of the first inning and leading the rest of the way for a 7-5 win over the Hannibal Cavemen.

    June 30, 2014

  • SPT062714rex caton.jpg Dans’ Sutton shuts down Rex

    The Terre Haute Rex needed victories Friday night against Danville and Sunday against Hannibal to clinch a Prospect League playoff spot as the first-half West Division champion.

    June 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Rex win 16-4 at Hannibal

    n Terre Haute 16, Hannibal 4 — At Hannibal, Mo., the visiting Rex scored six runs in the top of the second inning Thursday night and coasted home to salvage the final game of a three-game series.

    June 26, 2014

  • Rex fall again to Cavemen, dropping into tie for first place

    The Terre Haute Rex lost for the third straight night Wednesday, falling 8-2 in the second game of a three-game series at Hannibal, Mo.
    The Rex jumped ahead of the Cavemen early in the game with a 2-1 lead in the second, but Hannibal scored three in the fifth and four in the seventh to take the victory.

    June 26, 2014

  • Rex drop first of three-game series to Cavemen

    The Terre Haute Rex dropped their second straight game Tuesday night at Hannibal, Mo., falling to the Cavemen by a 5-1 score.

    June 25, 2014

  • SPT 062314 MATT CHAVARRIA2.jpg Gardner comes home to haunt former team

    A hometown player and former team member halted the Terre Haute Rex winning streak in Prospect League baseball at Bob Warn Field on Monday as Cody Gardner contributed two big hits to a 4-1 win for the visiting Danville Dans.

    June 23, 2014 4 Photos

  • Trio hopes college success carries over to Rex

    The Terre Haute Rex have championship aspirations and three players who played key roles in NCAA championship teams are hoping to carry that success to Bob Warn Field.

    June 21, 2014

Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Harding Love Letters Now Open to Public Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show'
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity