Grizzlies bring back two right-handed hurlers

News-DemocratFebruary 24, 2014 

— The Gateway Grizzlies announced Monday right-handed pitchers Jake Stephens and Matt Sergey will be returning this summer.

In addition, the Grizzlies added outfielder Michael Faulkner and catcher Whitt Dorsey to the 2014 roster.

Stephens, 23, will embark on his second season with the Grizzlies in 2014. The Marietta, Ga., native went 5-3 with a 4.17 ERA in 9 starts last season with the Grizzlies.

Stephens pitched collegiately at Division II West Florida. He went 8-1 with a 1.63 ERA during his senior season in 2013.

"We expect Jake to come in and be one of our top starters in 2014," Grizzlies manager Phil Warren said. "He'll be able to come in fresh after a true offseason for him. This could be a big year for Jake."

Sergey, 24, also moves into his second season with the Grizzlies. The right-hander from Plantation, Fla., began his pro career with the Southern Illinois Miners in 2013. After getting released by the Miners, Sergey signed with the Grizzlies in July and compiled a 2-4 record with a 5.19 ERA in 10 starts.

"Matt has a lot of talent and potential," Warren said. "We're looking for him to come in and bring that talent and potential together for a full season. We have high expectations."

Sergey was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 45th round of the 2007 MLB Draft. He didn't sign and instead chose to attend Campbell University of the NCAA Division I's Southern Conference. In 2012, during his senior season, he went 7-0 with a 3.38 ERA.

Faulkner, 22, spent two seasons in the Mariners organization after Seattle drafted him in the 12th round in 2012 after his junior season at Arkansas State University. Faulkner became the second-highest ASU pick in the history of the draft.

"We're thrilled to add Michael to our roster," Warren said. "We think he will be a solid addition to our revamped outfield. We have high hopes for Michael."

Faulkner, a 5-9 170-pound outfielder, spent both 2012 and 2013 at Low-A Everett in the Mariners organization. The left-handed batter and thrower compiled a .247 batting average in two seasons, covering 107 games. He stole 28 combined bases.

The Memphis, Tenn., native enjoyed a standout collegiate career at Arkansas State. Faulker batted .308 in 170 college games over three seasons. He swiped 82 bases while being caught on only seven occasions. In 2012, Faulkner became the single-season ASU stolen base leader with 41 stolen bases in 42 attempts.

Dorsey, 24, is a true rookie from the University of South Alabama. The left-handed hitting catcher from Auburn, Ala. batted a combined .329 in his two seasons with USA. In 102 games, Dorsey hit three home runs and drove in 50 runs.

"Whitt will come in and add depth to our catcher position," Warren said. "We feel he can be a nice compliment to Landon (Hernandez)."

The Grizzlies 2014 regular season opener is on May 16 when they take on the Traverse City Beach Bums in the friendly confines of GCS Ballpark. Season and Group tickets are on sale now. For more information call 618-337-3000.

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