Rafters add two right-handed pitchers
For the Rapids City Times
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Right-handed pitchers Cody Turner and Nick Garcia, both from Chapman University, will be heading to Wisconsin Rapids for the 2019 season.
During the 2018 season, Turner’s stellar work out of the bullpen for the Panthers earned him the team Rookie of the Year award. The 5’11” athlete recorded 20.1 innings of work and boasted a 1.77 ERA with a team-high four saves. He finished his freshman season with a 1-0 record in 16 appearances and striking out 27 batters. A Valencia, California native, Turner attended Hart High School where he had a 1.93 era in 50.1 innings pitched and earned All-League honors as a senior.
“I am so excited to play this summer with the Rafters, as a member of Chapman Baseball I have heard great things about the program ran there in Wisconsin,” said Turner. “After playing in the West Coast League I knew I wanted to take a step up and this seemed like a great fit.”
Originally from San Carlos, CA, Garcia drove in six runs as an infielder at Chapman in his freshman campaign. The 6-3 utility player had 11 hits and a .268 batting average over 24 games. In high school, Garcia was selected with post season All-League Honorable Mention at Junipero Serra. Pitching 12.1 innings, Garcia compiled a 2.27 ERA and a 1-1 record his senior year. Off the field, Garcia was named to the All-Academic Team for the SCIAC. This season Garcia will be showing his versatility as he is switching from his role as an infielder to one as a pitcher.
Turner and Garcia combined to help Chapman to a 26-14 overall record in 2018. The pair is coming off a successful season where they won their first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament in program history and punched their ticket to the NCAA Division III Tournament.