Updated February 23 2016
Third-year head coach Blake Maxwell and the Florence RedWolves are excited to announce the addition of two more players as the 2016 season draws closer. The RedWolves are poised to make another playoff run after clinching a post-season spot a season ago. Junior first baseman Dre Gleason and sophomore right-handed pitcher Allan Beer will call Sparrow stadium home this summer.
Gleason, who is a native of O’Fallon, MO, checks in at 6’4” for the Austin Peay State University Governors. The lefty played in 45 games last season, starting in 40 of them for the Governors and finished with the second-best batting average on the team at .349. He finished the season strong for Austin Peay, hitting in 14 of the team’s final 15 games and reached base at least once in each of the 15 contests. After graduating from Fort Zumwait West High School, he was named a 2014 Louisville Slugger freshman All-American after appearing in 49 games for the Governors.
Head coach Blake Maxwell said of Harasta, “Dre is a big, left-handed, power-hitting first baseman. He was a freshman All-American in 2014, and was even better in 2015. He is off to a great start this spring and we expect him to be a huge part of our success this summer in Florence”.
Beer hails from Tulsa, OK and stands at 6’1” for the Bradley University Braves. Beer is considered to be a very versatile player for the Braves, having started at four separate positions besides throwing from the mound. He started 11 games at third base, three games at second base, and one game at first base during his freshman campaign. Beer appeared in 21 games total and seven as a pitcher, making one start for Bradley. He earned his first career save against Indiana State, entering the game in the ninth inning with his team leading 7-6. He was a four-year letter winner at Jenks High School, and participated on four regional championship squads.
“Allan will be a big part of our bullpen this summer. He possesses an electric-style fastball, and is gaining experience in the closer role this season at Bradley. Allan can also play middle infield for the Braves, so that will provide depth to our infield as well”, stated Maxwell.
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: