Updated April 11 2016
The Florence RedWolves along with third-year head coach Blake Maxwell are excited to announce the addition of two more position players for the upcoming 2016 season. Morehead State University junior outfielder Ryan Kent and freshman infielder Reid Leonard will call Sparrow stadium home this summer after completing their collegiate season.
Kent, who is a native of Winfield, III., checks in at 5’11” for the Eagles. He appeared in 50 games as a freshman, starting 45 games in centerfield. He batted .255 with seven doubles and 18 runs batted in. As a sophomore he helped guide the Eagles to an Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title and ALL-OVC honors. He started all 59 games in centerfield, hitting at a .356 clip with 90 hits, 20 doubles, 65 runs scored, and 32 RBIs. Before coming to Morehead, Kent attended Wheaton North High School (III.), setting the DuPage Valley Conference single-season hits record.
Leonard hails from Glen Allen, Va. and stands at 6’1” for the Eagles. After graduating from high school, he was rated as the best middle infielder in the state of Virginia by Perfect Game. His father, Jack, was selected twice in the Major League Baseball draft, first by the Baltimore Orioles in 1979 and again by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1980. This season he has started 26 games for the Eagles, hitting .333 with six doubles and 16 RBIs. Prior to committing to Morehead State, Leonard attended Benedictine Prep, where he batted .449 as a freshman, guiding his team to an appearance in the state title game.
Head coach Blake Maxwell said of both Kent and Leonard, “The addition of Ryan and Reid to our roster is huge. Ryan will see a lot of time in center field for us this summer and Reid will be playing a lot of middle infield. Both of these guys have a knack for getting on base and are both having great seasons offensively. With more walks than strike outs and on base percentages of over .400 so far this spring, they each exhibit excellent plate discipline and we expect them to spend a lot of time on base for us this summer”.
Host families are a crucial, much-appreciated part of RedWolves baseball. Each summer, local families open their homes to our players and their generosity has helped us make the RedWolves a part of the Florence community for seventeen years. Being a host family is a great opportunity for your family to connect with a college player while being part of the larger RedWolves family.
If you are interested in becoming a host family with the RedWolves, please e-mail Amanda, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the RedWolves’ office at 629-0700 and we’ll answer any of your questions about becoming a host family.
The RedWolves kick off their 57 game season at home on Tuesday, May 31st against the Fayetteville SwampDogs. Over the course of the 10-week season, Sparrow Stadium will host 30 home games, seven of which are Thirsty Thursdays. New this season is “Two Dollar Tuesday”, where general admission tickets, drinks and hotdogs are all just two dollars each! A featured “Two Dollar Tuesday” night will be held against the Francis Marion Alumni Baseball Team on June 21st.The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 20th season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 94 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.Contact: