WAUSAU — The Wisconsin Woodchucks have added four Florida International University Players to the 2019 roster, the team announced today.
Jose Varela, Everett Hurst, Angel Tiburcio and Kaeber Rog will join the Woodchucks this summer.
According to the Woodchucks:
Varela, a 6’1”, 185-pound sophomore, grew up in Miami, Florida. He played at St. Johns River State College prior to joining the Florida International University Panthers. At St. Johns River State, Varela batted .340 with four home runs and 27 RBIs. So far with the Panthers, he has a .375 batting average and has pitched two innings in relief. Varela will join the Woodchucks pitching rotation.
Hurst, a 5’9”, 157-pound sophomore from Sebring, Florida, will return to the Woodchucks for his second season. Last season with the Chucks, Hurst had a 4.50 ERA in 32 innings pitched. He recorded 23 strikeouts in 20.2 innings pitched for the Panthers in 2018. Prior to FIU, Hurst played at Sebring High School, where he was the 2015 team MVP and Highland Today Player of the Year.
Tiburcio is also joining the pitcher roster. Tiburcio, a 6’2”, 230-pound freshman from Wellington, Florida, played at Trinity Christian Academy high school in 2018. At Trinity Christian, Tiburcio was the 2018 First Team All-County, 2018 2A-7 Player of the Year, 2018 2A-7 Hitter of the Year, and received 2018 2A-7 All-District Team honors. He batted .419 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs. So far in 2019, Tiburcio has pitched 2.2 innings for the Panthers, recording one save.
Rog, a 6’0”, 205-pound freshman is originally from Curacao. Rog also played at Trinity Christian Academy high school and batted .485 with eleven doubles, four home runs and 29 RBIs in the 2018 season. Rog joins the Woodchucks as an infielder for the 2019 season.
The Wisconsin Woodchucks 2019 home opener is June 1.