WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes signed first baseman Kellen Marruffo and right-handed pitcher Caleb Kellogg on Thursday morning.
Marruffo is a true rookie who finished his college career last spring at the University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah). Marruffo helped the Utes win the Pac-12 Conference championship, hitting .314 with three home runs, and 27 RBI in 51 games played. The Tucson, Arizona native added 23 runs, 11 doubles, and a .392 on-base percentage. At the conclusion of the season, Marruffo was selected by conference head coaches as a Pac-12 Honorable Mention.
“Kellen came highly-recommended by former Goldeye Tyler Graham, who coached him last summer in the Western Major Baseball League,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “Kellen had a stellar collegiate career, and I look forward to seeing him compete for a spot on our roster.”
Prior to his two seasons at Utah, the 23-year-old Marruffo earned All-Region honours at Pima Community College (Tucson, Arizona) after hitting .341 as a sophomore in 2014. While the 2017 season will be Marruffo’s first in professional baseball, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound first baseman already has experience playing in Canada. Marruffo, who bats and throws left-handed, won the Western Major Baseball League’s MVP award last year while playing for the Okotoks Dawgs.
Kellogg is a classified rookie in the American Association with two years of experience as a professional. A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Kellogg last pitched in 2015 where he posted a 4.39 ERA at two levels of the Baltimore Orioles’ organization. Kellogg made 15 appearances and struck out 19 batters in a combined 26.2 innings between the Short Season-A New York-Penn League’s Aberdeen Ironbirds and the Low-A South Atlantic League’s Delmarva Shorebirds.
“Caleb is hungry for another opportunity to continue his professional career,” said Forney. “Reports on Caleb were all positive, and I feel like he will fill a very important role in our bullpen.”
Kellogg was originally drafted by the Orioles in the 17th round in 2013 out of the University of Tampa (Tampa, Florida). The 5-foot-11, 185-pound right-hander owns a career 3.33 ERA in 30 appearances, 29 of them in relief. During his three-year collegiate career, which includes two seasons at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Lafayette, Louisiana), the 24-year-old Kellogg compiled a 3.40 ERA, 17 saves, and 108 strikeouts in 97.2 innings.
“Both Kellen and Caleb are classified rookies,” continued Forney. “With all of our 2016 rookies changing classification, we needed to fill these very important roster spots with quality players, and I feel like we are taking a step in the right direction with Kellen and Caleb.”
The Goldeyes now have seven players under contract for the 2017 season with Marruffo and Kellogg being the first newcomers. American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins May 6th.
Notes: Marruffo was named to the Oxford (Mississippi) All-Regional Team in last year’s NCAA Tournament…during the regional, Utah upset host Ole Miss who were ranked as the top seed in the Oxford bracket…the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) is a college summer league operating in Alberta and Saskatchewan…Graham hit .303 for the Goldeyes in 2013 with 31 stolen bases in 59 games…Kellogg played football at DeQuincy High School (DeQuincy, Louisiana), and set a program record with 1,061 receiving yards as a senior in 2010…Kellogg’s father, John, was a fourth-round draft pick of the Montreal Expos in 1978
2017 Winnipeg Goldeyes Signings
RHP Victor Capellan
3B Wes Darvill
RHP Caleb Kellogg
1B Kellen Marruffo
LHP Kevin McGovern
OF/1B David Rohm
OF Josh Romanski
The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2017 season on May 18th on the road against the expansion Cleburne Railroaders. The Goldeyes’ 2017 home opener is Monday, May 29th versus the Sioux Falls Canaries at Shaw Park. Season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings for the 2017 season are on sale now. For more information, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com