Bees’ Roster Has Seven Returning Players

By John Bohnenkamp

Seven players who played for the Burlington Bees in their inaugural Prospect League season will be back with the team this season, according to a partial roster released Thursday.

The Bees have 19 players on the roster so far for this season, including seven who are on NCAA Division I rosters.

A look at the roster:

PITCHERS

Owen Coffman (RHP, Southeastern CC) — 2-1 with two saves in 18 appearances, with 18 strikeouts in 18 ⅓ innings.

Weston Fulk (LHP, Iowa) — Hasn’t played this season for the Hawkeyes. A first-team all-state selection in Iowa last summer after going 6-3 with a 2.42 ERA at Ankeny High School, where he was teammates with Iowa pitcher Brody Brecht. Can play first base as well.

Ian Landreneau (RHP, Texas Wesleyan) — 3-4 with a 4.37 ERA in 14 appearances. He has 32 strikeouts in 45 ⅓ innings.

Kyle Maurer (RHP, Fort Wayne) — 0-0 with a 6.17 ERA in 11 appearances, with 7 strikeouts in 11 ⅔ innings. Pitched in four games with the Bees last season, with a 14.29 ERA.

Garrett Moltzan (RHP, Texas Wesleyan) — 2-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 20 appearances, with 46 strikeouts in 38 innings. Went 1-3 with a 6.81 ERA for the Bees last season.

Owen Rice (LHP, McHenry County CC) — 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA, with 30 strikeouts in 25 innings.

Shawn Runey (RHP, Bluefield State College) — 3-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 11 appearances, with 10 starts. Has 62 strikeouts in 64 ⅓ innings.

Jared Townsend (LHP, Iowa Western CC) — Hasn’t played this season.

CATCHERS

Trent Burkhalter (Kirkwood CC) — Hitting .250 with 7 home runs and 22 RBIs.

Chase Honeycutt (Jones County JC) — Hitting .161 with 11 RBIs in 22 games this season. Hit .261 with 14 RBIs for the Bees last season.

Ben Tallman (Iowa) — Hitting .290 in 26 games with the Hawkeyes. Has a .403 slugging percentage and a .416 on-base percentage.

INFIELDERS

Trey Adams (Northeastern JC) — Hitting .380 with 4 home runs and 31 RBIs. Has 16 stolen bases.

Joey Fitzgerald (Harper College) — Hitting .271 with 2 home runs and 17 RBIs. Hit .218 with the Bees last season.

Ryan Grace (Quinnipiac) — Hasn’t played this season.

Spencer Nivens (Missouri State) — Hitting .356 with 4 home runs and 33 RBIs in 37 games. Has a .986 OPS.

Kevin Santiago (Texas Wesleyan) — Hitting .313 with 5 home runs and 33 RBIs. Has a .552 slugging percentage and a .380 on-base percentage. Hit .271 with 7 home runs and 27 RBIs for the Bees last season.

Charlie Terrill (McHenry County CC) — Hitting .214 with 1 home run and 7 RBIs.

OUTFIELDERS

A.J. Henkle (Illinois-Chicago) — Has played in one game this season. Hit .233 with 1 home run and 7 RBIs last season for the Bees.

Lincoln Riley (Eastern Illinois) — Hitting .288 with 2 home runs and 16 RBIs. Hit .237 with 3 home runs and 26 RBIs for the Bees last season.

Photo: Pitcher Garrett Moltzan is one of six players returning for the Burlington Bees this season. (Steve Cirinna/Burlington Bees)

THE MONDAY HIVE: Oreskovich Looks Forward To Managing Bees

By John Bohnenkamp

Owen Oreskovich said it was an easy decision to take the job as the Burlington Bees manager in the Prospect League this season.

Oreskovich, who was a coach with the Bees last season, is a full-time assistant at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids. But Oreskovich enjoyed his time in Burlington, and the chance to manage a team in the college summer league was too good to pass up.

“I enjoyed my time here last year,” Oreskovich said at the Bees’ spring banquet on Friday night. “Burlington’s a great town, you’ve got a great front office here, good place to be, good people to be around. It wasn’t a hard answer.”

The challenge for Oreskovich has been putting together a roster for this season.

Oreskovich already has 22 players signed for this summer, but is still trying to complete his pitching staff.

“We basically have a full position player roster set already,” he said. “Just looking to add eight or nine arms.”

Oreskovich said several players from last season’s team are coming back — position players Lincoln Riley (.237), A.J. Henkle (.233), Chase Honeycutt (.261), Kevin Santiago (.271, 7 home runs), Joey Fitzgerald (.218) and Sam Monroe (.267), along with pitcher Garrett Moltzan (1-3, 6.81 ERA).

Oreskovich has gotten help finding players from new Bees pitching coach Jack Gray, who is working at Carl Sandburg College this season after finishing his college career last season at Western Illinois. And other players have tipped him off to friends or players they have seen.

“Some guys will text me and say, ‘Hey, I’ve got this buddy here,’” Oreskovich said. “So I’ll tell them I’ll check them out, see if it’s someone we want. And we’ve been able to find some guys like that.”

He’s also gotten help from Mount Mercy head coach Jack Dahm, who manages the Clinton LumberKings in the Prospect League as well.

“Coach Dahm’s been doing this a long time,” said Oreskovich, who also played at Mount Mercy. “He knows all there is to know, and he’s a great guy to lean on for help.”

Oreskovich wants a full roster, because he knows it can be a long season.

“I learned that you’ve got to give these kids a little bit of a break once in a while,” he said. “I want to have a few more position players and pitchers. It’s a long season. Some of these kids will play a full college season, that’s about 50 games. And then they’ll come here and play 60. Big-leaguers do it, but that’s all they do. They don’t have school or anything else.

“So, I want to be there for them, guide them, let them have some fun. Let them enjoy themselves. To me, that’s what summer baseball is for. It’s still competitive, you want to win. But all of the things you learn here — getting to meet new guys, living with host families, getting to know the fans — those are things that can last a lifetime.”

Photo: Bees third-base coach Owen Oreskovich (right) congratulates A.J. Henkle after a home run last season. Oreskovich will be the Bees’ manager this season, while Henkle will return for a second season. (Steve Cirinna/Burlington Bees)

BEES 3-2, CORNBELTERS 6-0: Sagedahl Keeps Normal Guessing In Doubleheader Split

By John Bohnenkamp

Chas Sagedahl had struggled in his first three starts with the Burlington Bees.

Everything came together for the left-hander in Thursday’s 2-0 win over the Normal CornBelters in the second game of a Prospect League doubleheader at Community Field.

Normal won the first game, 6-3.

Sagedahl pitched five shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk, but didn’t get the decision as the Bees (16-15 overall, 1-1 second half) scored both of their runs in the sixth innings.

Still, it was an important outing for Sagedahl, who pitched just 2 1/3 innings at Dallas Baptist this season. He had an 0-1 record with a 10.39 earned run average in three starts with the Bees, allowing 17 hits in 8 2/3 innings.

“It was very big for the confidence, especially struggling here and there the first couple of outings,” said Sagedahl, who pitched for two seasons at Southeastern Community College. “But basically, it was getting back to normal, and hopefully continuing like this the rest of the year.”

“He kept them off-balance, literally, through the five innings he was out there,” Bees manager Gary McClure said. “They really didn’t get good swings off him at all. He had a ton of swing-and-misses.”

Avery Owesu Asiedu had the only hits off Sagedahl, a double in the second inning and a single in the fourth. Sagedahl retired nine of the last 10 hitters he faced.

“He really attacked hitters more,” McClure said. “He got all three pitches for strikes. I think he had good run on his fastball away from hitters, and he was able to go (inside). When we called pitches in, he was able to go inside. He just pitched a really good ball game. I take my hat off to him.”

Lincoln Riley’s triple on a fly ball down the left-field line opened the sixth for the Bees. Reid Halfacre then singled to right field to bring in Riley. Mason Land’s bases-loaded ground out scored Halfacre with the other run.

Garrett Langrell (5-0) got the win for the Bees, striking out four in the last two innings.

Bees reliever Garrett Langrell tags out Normal’s Billy Gerlott, who was trying to score from second base on a passed ball. (Steve Cirinna/Burlington Bees)

Normal’s best scoring chance came in the sixth, when Billy Gerlott tried to score from second base on a passed ball. But catcher Chase Honeycutt made a perfect throw to Langrell covering the plate, and Gerlott was tagged out.

Normal (15-13, 1-1), which edged the Bees for the first-half title in the Great River Division by a half-game, had 11 hits in the first game, nine of which were singles.

Taylor Bruninga (3-0) was the winning pitcher. Simon Gregersen (1-3) took the loss.

ON DECK: The Bees play host to Clinton to start a two-game series on Friday.

NOTES: Bees catcher Jackson Jones got his league-leading 13th double to drive in a run in the first game. … Riley was 3-for-6 in the doubleheader, and made a diving catch on Alex Steinbach’s fly ball to center field for the second out in the fourth inning of the second game. Riley has a six-game hitting streak, hitting .375 in that stretch. … Normal assistant coach Adam Donachie played for the Bees in 2004 when they were affiliated with the Kansas City Royals.

Top photo: Chas Sagedahl threw five shutout innings in Thursday’s 2-0 win over Normal. (Steve Cirinna/Burlington Bees)

THE MONDAY HIVE: Wissinger Embraces The Closer’s Mentality

By John Bohnenkamp

It seems, to Reece Wissinger, as if it takes forever for him to get out on the pitcher’s mound.

He’ll get there, especially if it’s a close game, when he’s needed to quell a rally, or get the final outs.

It’s the closer’s mentality.

It’s something Wissinger, a right-handed reliever out of the Burlington Bees’ bullpen, has embraced, and it shows.

Wissinger has struck out 29 in 13 innings this season, becoming one of the best relievers in the Prospect League.

It’s a role, Bees manager Gary McClure said, that is perfect for Wissinger.

“It’s one thing to have the physical skills,” McClure said. “But he’s got the mentality.”

Opposing hitters are batting .184 against Wissinger, who is 3-0 with one save. He’s walked just two hitters, while allowing nine hits. Wissinger hadn’t given up an earned run until he gave up three in 3 1/3 innings — his longest outing of the year — in a 4-3 loss to the Cape Catfish on Saturday night.

“He throws 93-94, but he’s got something in the last 10 feet — the ball jumps,” McClure said. “It’s more like he throws 96, 97, something like that. It’s like, ‘Here’s the fastball. Hit it.’ He does it day in and day out.

“I hate to say anybody is automatic, but he’s as close as you get. He’s averaging probably over two strikeouts an inning. If you do that, it’s tough to get beat.”

Getting in the game, though, is a countdown for Wissinger that starts as soon as the game begins.

“The game slows down so much,” he said. “It seems like it takes forever for me to go out on the mound. Whenever I get ready, it feels like it takes an hour for me to get out there on the mound.

“I’m usually always moving. I can’t sit still. I’m always jittery. I’m moving back and forth, from the ‘pen to the dugout. I’m always sitting down there. I’ve got a bunch of exercises I can do while I’m sitting there. I watch the game, and keep stretching to keep loose.”

Once Wissinger is in the game, though, the mound feels like home. And in many ways, it is — he’s a graduate of Burlington High School, attends Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, and grew up watching the Bees in Class A Midwest League games at Community Field.

“Oh, I love it,” Wissinger said. “For that last pitch, everyone stands up and yells. It’s the feeling I’ve never had before. Especially doing it here, with the Burlington Bees, it’s amazing.”

He heard one of the loudest crowds of the season during his appearance in Friday’s 12-7 win over Springfield. The Sliders had taken a 7-6 lead in the seventh and had the bases loaded with no outs when Wissinger came into the game. Wissinger struck out the next three hitters on 12 pitches, then the Bees scored six runs in the bottom of the inning for the win in the rain-shortened game.

That concluded a two-game stretch in which Wissinger struck out eight in 2 2/3 innings while allowing just one hit.

“Wissinger is a big-time arm,” McClure said. “He pounds the zone every time out. He’s always ahead of hitters.

“He’s got the perfect mentality for a closer. Doesn’t say a whole lot, doesn’t do a whole lot. When it’s time for him to go down to the bullpen, he heads down there, gets himself ready in a business-like manner, and he goes out and does the job.”

Wissinger struck out 38 in 21 innings for SCC this season, going 2-0 with eight saves and a 0.43 earned run average.

“I saw him pitch at SCC last season a little bit,” McClure said. “I really liked his arm. And then this year, after I knew he was coming, I saw him three or four times. He did what he does now. He’s starting to throw harder. And he just keeps developing, body-wise. He keeps getting bigger and bigger. He’s (6-foot-5) now, he’s got the tools to do what he does. And he’s got the mentality, most of all.”

The summer has been educational for Wissinger. It’s felt like a professional atmosphere, with the travel and the time to work.

“It’s been great. I love it here. It’s better than going to school. Just play baseball,” Wissinger said. “ I’ve surprised myself a lot. I’ve learned a lot about growing up.

“This helps me a lot. This is what pros do every day. You’re on your own. It’s your career, you do what you need.”

It’s the closer’s mentality that Wissinger has learned to enjoy.

“At first, it was nerve-wracking,” he said. “Now I love it. It feels awesome, especially being a hometown kid. It feels awesome going out there and winning a game. There’s nothing better.”

Photo: Burlington Bees reliever Reece Wissinger has struck out 29 batters in 13 innings this season. (Steve Cirinna/Burlington Bees)

HOOTS 3, BEES 0: Bases Are Busy, But The Line Doesn’t Move

By John Bohnenkamp

Getting runners on base wasn’t a problem for the Burlington Bees.

Getting them to advance was a different thing.

The Bees had baserunners in seven innings, but lost 3-0 to the O’Fallon Hoots in Saturday’s Prospect League game at Community Field.

Burlington (10-10) stayed in a first-place tie with the Normal CornBelters in the Great River Division.

The Bees had six hits and 12 baserunners, but only one baserunner got to third base against O’Fallon pitchers Tyler Denu and Anthony Klein.

“We struggled to get a guy to second, to be honest,” Bees manager Gary McClure said. “We just couldn’t string anything together.”

Denu (1-0) threw 80 pitches in seven innings, allowing six hits while striking out three. Anthony Klein hit three batters in the last two innings, but the Bees couldn’t come up with any hits.

“(Denu) threw a great game,” McClure said. “He minimized his pitch count, threw really well. He obviously kept our guys off-balance all night.”

All of the Bees’ hits were singles. Austin Simpson had two hits.

The Hoots got two runs in the first off Bees starter Jalen Evans (1-1) on singles by Elias Stevens and JT Mabry. Jamie Young scored on a fielder’s choice in the fourth for O’Fallon’s other run.

“If you look through the whole game, they didn’t hit one ball on the barrel,” McClure said. “Broken bats, or off the end of the bats. Bloopers. But that’s baseball.”

RELIEF: Burlington’s Simon Gregersen pitched four scoreless innings in relief. He threw 47 pitches, 33 for strikes.

STREAKS: Burlington’s Jackson Jones had his 10-game hitting streak snapped. Jones was hitting .450 in the streak. … Bees shortstop Mason Land extended his hitting streak to four games. 

FAMILY TREE: Mabry is the son of former Major League Baseball player John Mabry.

DEFENSIVE GEMS: Gregersen got some help in the seventh inning. Clayton Stephens led off with a single, then Luke Vinson hit a line drive that Land lunged to catch. Land got up and threw out Vinson had first to complete the double play. Nick Hofmann then doubled, but Gregersen picked him off to end the inning.

UP NEXT: The Bees play host to the Quincy Gems on Sunday in a 2 p.m. game.

Photo: Burlington Bees first baseman Austin Simpson singles in the fourth inning. (Steve Cirinna/Burlington Bees)

THE MONDAY HIVE: Simpson Back On A Familiar Field

By John Bohnenkamp

Austin Simpson lost his 2020 season at Southeastern Community College to the COVID-19 pandemic, and missed most of the second half of this season after suffering a facial injury.

His work over the summer, though, has made a difference.

Simpson leads the Burlington Bees in hitting at .392, ranking 11th among Prospect League hitters. He has 20 hits in 14 games, tied for seventh in the league.

“I’ve just tried to stay consistent, doing what I do,” said the first baseman, who has two home runs and 13 runs batted in while posting a 1.044 OPS.

Simpson hit .317 with SCC in 34 games this season, hitting seven home runs and driving in 39 runs. But Simpson suffered a facial injury when he was hit by a ground ball during batting practice before an April 14 doubleheader at Marshalltown. The injury required surgery and kept him out for the rest of the junior college season.

“Oh, I hated it,” he said. “Couldn’t stand watching and not being out there.”

Simpson’s hitting wasn’t affected by the time off. He had six hits in his first 13 at-bats to open the season, and has had a six-game hitting streak this season in which he hit .455. That streak was snapped with an 0-for-3 game in Saturday’s loss at O’Fallon, but in Sunday’s 12-2 win over Clinton at Community Field Simpson reached base in all five plate appearances, going 3-for-3.

“Austin is just a very, very good hitter,” Bees manager Gary McClure said. “He hits for average, and he hits for power, and not a lot of guys do that. He gets on base, people have to be careful how to pitch him. He’s a great hitter.”

This is Simpson’s second season in a summer wood-bat league — he played last summer in the Kernels Collegiate League in Normal, Ill. That season was important, since Simpson’s first year at SCC was canceled because of the pandemic.

“It was hard,” Simpson said of missing the spring season. “You work for something the whole school year, and then to see it taken away was difficult.”

Simpson grew up in nearby Fairfield, graduating in 2019 from Fairfield High School. He grew up watching the Bees when the team played in the Class A Midwest League.

“It’s close to home. And I grew up watching the team,” he said. “So it’s cool to be a part of it.”

Playing in the Prospect League means long bus trips. The Bees got back from O’Fallon early Sunday morning, but were back in the batting cages for work at noon.

“It’s what we do,” Simpson said. “You can’t change it or do anything about it. It makes you grow up a little bit.”

Simpson will play at Quincy University next season.

“They’ve got a really good program, and they develop players,” he said. “When I went there and took my visit, it felt like I was home.”

Simpson knows what this season can mean to him.

“I just want to be better than I was when I got here,” he said. “Be an elite player.”

BY THE NUMBERS

• Jackson Jones is on a seven-game hitting streak. Jones, who is hitting .333 with a 1.094 OPS, is batting .429 during the streak. He has four home runs in the last six games. Jones is tied for third in the league with five home runs, and is tied for third with six doubles.

• Kevin Santiago has a six-game hitting streak. He is batting .360 in the streak with eight runs batted in. Santiago is tied for four in the league with 19 RBIs.

• Pitcher McLain Harris is third in the league with 24 strikeouts.

• Reliever Garrett Langrell is tied for league lead in wins with three.

THE WEEK AHEAD

• At Lafayette, Wednesday and Thursday. The Bees go into the Eastern Conference for two games against the Aviators, who lead the Wabash River Division at 12-4. Lafayette’s Tanner Craig is second in the league in hitting at .462, and leads the league with six home runs. Pitcher Chase Stratton is seventh in the league with a 1.88 ERA.

• At Normal, Friday (doubleheader). The Cornbelters (7-8) are 1 1/2 games behind the Bees in the Great River Division. Catcher Eddie Niemann is hitting .389 for the Cornbelters.

• O’Fallon, Saturday. The Bees come home for a game against the Hoots (9-5). Outfielder Brett Johnson leads the Hoots with a .379 average.

• Quincy, Sunday. It’s the first appearance of the Gems (5-10) at Community Field. 

Photo: Burlington Bees first baseman Austin Simpson catches a foul popup in Sunday’s game against Clinton at Community Field. (Steve Cirinna/Burlington Bees)

BEES 12, LUMBERKINGS 2: Evans, Relievers Combine For One-Hitter

By John Bohnenkamp

Jalen Evans hadn’t pitched in more than a month.

It didn’t seem like much of a problem.

Evans and relievers K.J. Baker and Jackson Gray combined on a one-hitter as the Burlington Bees won, 12-2, over the Clinton LumberKings in Sunday’s game at Community Field.

The Bees (9-7) took a one-game lead in the Prospect League’s West-Great River Division after a win in a game decided by the 10-run rule in the eighth inning.

Evans threw 49 innings in 15 appearances at Texas Wesleyan University this season, with a 4-1 record and a 3.12 earned run average.

Getting some time off helped.

“Just felt good,” said Evans, who joined the team on Friday. “Just tried to get a feel today.”

Evans struck out the first two hitters he faced and faced the minimum in the first three innings.

“He’s got a great arm,” Bees manager Gary McClure said. “He hadn’t pitched in a few weeks, but he commanded it pretty good.”

“Everything felt good,” Evans said. “Fastball felt good. Could work on the command a little bit more. But we’ll get there. Knowing what’s wrong, that’s the first thing. Then we can make adjustments.”

Evans’ only trouble came in the fourth, when he surrendered a two-run home run to Luke Ira. He hit Kyle Lehmann with a pitch with two outs and then walked Dominic Milano, but struck out Jay Beshears to end the inning.

Evans gave up a leadoff walk to Adam Weed in the fifth inning, but retired the next three hitters to end his day.

“He threw all of his pitches for strikes,” McClure said. “He did a good job of getting ahead of all of the hitters, especially the first four innings. It was big for us for him to get through the fifth.”

Baker walked one and struck out three in two innings. Jackson Gray did not allow a hit in his lone inning of work, striking out one.

“A lot of these guys have a lot of potential,” Evans said of the Bees’ pitching staff. “They just need the reps. We’ll get that this summer. It’s only going to get better.”

The Bees built a 7-0 lead through the first two innings, sending nine batters to the plate in both innings. They scored four runs in the seventh inning without a hit, taking advantage of six walks and a hit batter. Jackson Jones’ home run to lead off the eighth inning ended the game.

Bees first baseman Austin Simpson reached base in all five plate appearances, going 3-for-3. Kevin Santiago had a home run and drove in four runs.

The Bees had 13 hits.

“This offense,” Evans said, “is really dynamic.”

Photo: Burlington Bees pitcher Jalen Evans and two relievers combined on a one-hitter in Sunday’s win over the Clinton LumberKings. (Steve Cirinna/Burlington Bees)

THE MONDAY HIVE: League Rules Keep Pitch Counts In Mind

By John Bohnenkamp

Pitch counts have always been important for past Burlington Bees teams, but those were determined by the Major League Baseball parent club when the Bees were a Class A Midwest League affiliate.

Counts are still important now that the Bees are in the Prospect League for college players.

The league’s rules dictate how much a pitcher can be used, depending on the number of pitches he throws. And it can be costly if a team exceeds that usage.

The Bees have 17 pitchers on their roster, including outfielder Marcos Sanchez, who has pitched in two games this season. All but two of the pitchers have thrown in a game this season. Six pitchers have at least one start.

“I tried to get six or seven starters, (and) seven or eight guys who would work out of the bullpen,” said Bees manager Gary McClure. “A lot of these guys haven’t pitched a ton, but they’ve got really good arms. Just try to develop them into something.”

Bees starting pitchers have averaged 4 2/3 innings per start. Four starts have gone between 5-7 innings.

But innings don’t matter. It’s all about the pitch counts.

The league rules state:

• Any pitcher who throws two consecutive games must rest the next day 

• Any pitcher who throws 30 pitches or less can pitch the next day 

• Any pitcher who throws 31-45 pitches must rest for one day 

• Any pitcher who throws 46-60 pitches must rest for two days 

• Any pitcher who throws 61-80 pitches must rest for three days. 

• Any pitcher who throws 81-90 pitches must rest for four days 

• Pitchers cannot face a new batter after they have thrown 95 pitches. Should the pitch count be reached while a pitcher is facing a batter, he can complete the at-bat, but must be removed after it is completed.

And it can be financially costly if a manager doesn’t follow those rules. The first offense will result in a $250 team fine and an immediate one-game suspension for the violating team’s manager. The second offense would be a $500 fine and a 3-game suspension of the team’s manager. The third offense would be a $1,000 fine and a 6-game suspension of the team’s manager.

Pitch counts are kept by the official scorer. Bees pitching coach Scott Barnum also keeps track of the pitch counts in the dugout.

Sometimes the pitch counts determine in-game strategy as well.

“We have a chart with everybody’s name on it, when they pitched last,” McClure said. “We keep a pitch count with each guy, make a decision if we want to get them out and have them the next day or not. Because if they pitch over 30, they can’t pitch the next day.”

Four pitchers — Jacob Greenan, Garrett Langrell, Grady Gorgen and Greg Ryun — have pitched in four games this season. Langrell has had the most work with 7 2/3 innings. Gorgen has thrown five innings, Ryan has thrown 4 2/3 innings, and Greenan has thrown 3 2/3.

Most of the pitchers have had a full college season already, so they are stretched out for longer work if needed.

“They’ve got innings under their belt,” McClure said. “Or they’re young guys who haven’t pitched a ton, but they’ve got a really good arm, and needed innings. That’s kind of the combo we used to go get guys.”

Photo: Burlington Bees pitcher Jacob Greenan throws in relief during Friday’s game against the O’Fallon Hoots. (Steve Cirinna/Burlington Bees)