Gateway continues to put together its roster

Special to the News-DemocratFebruary 26, 2014 

Right-handed pitchers Tucker Jensen and Justin Erasmus will be back with the Gateway Grizzlies for the 2014 season.

It will be the second season with Gateway for the 24-year-old Jensen. The Ormond Beach, Fla. native went 7-7 with a 3.98 ERA in 20 games (18 starts) last season with Gateway.

Jensen came to Gateway after spending 2011 and 2012 in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He went 5-6 with a 4.31 ERA in 26 appearances (22 starts) while playing in the minors for the Blue Jays. The 6-foot, 2-inch 208-pound right-hander reached High-A Dunedin in 2012.

"Tucker got off to a great start last season, but struggled down the stretch," Grizzlies manager Phil Warren said. "In the end he still had solid numbers for us. We are looking for him to put together a complete season in 2014."

Erasmus, 24, came to Gateway in an August 2013 trade from the Joliet Slammers. The 5-11 190-pound right-hander didn't allow a run or a hit in four and two-thirds innings with the Grizzlies. Erasmus appeared in six games and compiled a 1-0 record with three saves.

"Justin is one of the elite closers in this league and we were fortunate to acquire him last season," Warren commented. "We're thrilled to have him back for another season."

Erasmus went 3-2 with a 1.82 ERA and 17 saves in 27 relief appearances for the Slammers in 2013. The Johannesburg, South Africa native spent 2009-2012 in the Boston Red Sox Organization, reaching Single-A Greenville.

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