For the first time in team history the Wenatchee AppleSox will feature players from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2014. Three members of the Wolf Pack, right-handed pitcher Evan McMahan, infielder Jeff Nellis, and outfielder/left-handed pitcher Trenton Brooks will call Paul Thomas Sr. Field home this summer.
“We have a good relationship with the school’s new coaching staff and are looking forward to starting this connection with Nevada,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs.
McMahan was the first recruit signed by the Wolf Pack’s head coach Jay Johnson, who is in his first season in Reno. The Las Vegas native was named to the Las Vegas Review-Journal first team all-state squad and All-Southern Nevada first team in high school. The freshman is 2-0 in seven appearances this spring.
“He is a guy who has good command and can throw any of his pitches for strikes,” said Knaggs
Nellis is a freshman for the Wolf Pack out of San Marcos, CA. As a senior at Mission Hills High School he hit .370 and collected 17 stolen bases. He has appeared in ten games with three starts and is batting .143.
“He can play three different spots in the infield, which is a nice bonus to have that kind of flexibility with a player,” said Knaggs
Brooks has started 15 of the Wolf Pack’s 26 games in the field this spring as only a freshman. The two-way player is hitting .266 at the plate. He has also started four games on the mound for Nevada, compiling a 0-1 record and a 5.40 ERA. He had a successful prep career at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, CA, where he was named to the ESPN California All-State Underclassman first team as a junior.
“Mostly we anticipate that he will be an outfielder for us this summer. The way he has performed both in the field and on the mound as only a freshman makes me excited to see what he can do for us,” said Knaggs.
The 2014 season will begin at home on June 4th with a two-game series against the San Francisco Seals. The AppleSox will play a 59-game schedule this summer that includes 32 homes games.
Single game tickets start at just $6 for adults and $5 for kids. Season tickets are available now and can be purchased by contacting the AppleSox office at (509) 665-6900.
Attached photographs of Evan McMahan, Jeff Nellis, and Trenton Brooks are courtesy of the University of Nevada, Reno Sports Information Department.