WAUSAU — The Wisconsin Woodchucks have added to the team John Carlos “JC” Ariza from Howard Community College and Antonio Velez from Florida State University, the Woodchucks announced today.
Ariza, 6’5” and 235 pounds, is a freshman from Howard College in Texas. Ariza is originally from Belleville, New Jersey, and will be joining the Woodchucks’ pitching rotation. Ariza also played in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League last summer, pitching 22.1 innings with 18 strikeouts and a 2.41 ERA. As a Hawk, he currently has 10 appearances with 30 innings pitched, 28 strikeouts and a 2-0 record.
Velez, a 6’1”, 185-pound junior from Florida State University will join the Woodchucks as a left-handed pitcher. Velez grew up in Brandon, Florida, and began his collegiate baseball career at Hillsborough Community College where he had 80 strikeouts in 14 appearances. Velez has pitched 18.2 innings for the Seminoles thus far and has 18 strikeouts.
The Woodchucks 2019 home opener is June 1.