The Wenatchee AppleSox is shoring up its rotation, and didn’t have to look very far to do so.
The team announced Thursday that its roster will feature a pair of Wenatchee Valley Community College pitchers — righty Beau Kerns and southpaw Mitch Yada — as well as RHP Colton Loomis, originally of Cashmere and now playing for Community Colleges of Spokane, and infielder Stockton Taylor, a Brewster native.
Kerns was a fixture in the AppleSox rotation in the 2012 season despite being brought on with the expectation of being a short-term addition. He put in a team-high 63 innings over the summer, going 4-2 with a 2.55 ERA.
“He was a workhorse for us last summer,” AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs said in a news release. “He is an extremely competitive pitcher who started out as a temporary player but threw so well that he turned into a very valuable contributor.”
Yada, of Moses Lake, suffered an injury last year that kept him from playing for Wenatchee. He is 2-1 with a 2.44 ERA for WVC as one of the team’s top hurlers.
“Unfortunately (Yada) wasn’t able to pitch for us last season, but we are looking forward to him being a part of our pitching staff this year,” Knaggs said. “He is a lefty that has impressed me since I first saw him as a sophomore at Moses Lake High School.”
Loomis, who earned the honor of being 1A/B State Player of the Year at Cashmere High School after an impressive 10-0 senior season, will return to north central Washington for the 2013 season along with his current pitching coach A.J. Proszek. The freshman Loomis is 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA for CCS.
“It was impressive watching him at Cashmere High School,” Knaggs said. “He is a strike throwing machine and has a bit of a lower arm slot that can especially eat up right-handed hitters.”
Taylor, who is currently a sophomore for Everett Community College, earned a NWAACC Golden Glove honor last season and all-state honors at Brewster High School. He is hitting .365 and has already accumulated 21 RBI this season for ECC.
“He follows in a long line of Brewster products that have played for the AppleSox,” Knaggs said. “He is a versatile player that can play any spot in the infield and outfield.”
The 2012 West Coast League champion AppleSox continue to fill out its roster as its season-opener against the Corvallis Knights on June 6 rapidly approaches.
Jacob Palmer: @JPalmWW