Bambino back to Gold Sox
Ricky Bambino is returning to the Gold Sox.
Manager Brad Peek announced Wednesday the sophomore catcher from Fresno City College has signed to play in the Horizon Air Summer Series, along with a Division I transfer pitcher and a very capable shortstop.
“I think (Bambino) improved a lot over the summer. He struggled a little bit with the bat, but he improved,” Peek said. “He's hitting .300 now.”
Peek's only concern is whether Bambino will be available for the whole summer. He has twice been drafted by the Angels.
“They are still the Anaheim Angels in my book,” said Peek, throwing in his two cents on the name change to the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim.
The pitcher coming to the Gold Sox is John Parscal, a left-hander who touches 90 mph with his fastball.
“He has some control issues. He has walked quite a few hitters, but he has struck out quite a few, too,” said Peek. “We need to slow him down and get him to throw strikes.”
Parscal currently pitches at Regis University in Denver, a transfer from an junior college. Before that, he was with the University of Tennessee.
“We project him to be one of our starting pitchers,” Peek said.
The player Peek is most excited about is Quincy University (Illinois) junior Cole Koester, a gifted shortstop who has been playing in a wood-bat conference.
“That will be advantageous because he's used to swinging a wood bat,” Peek said. “I suspect he will play the majority of the time at shortstop for us this summer, although he can play other infield positions.”
Peek said Koester is an outstanding fielder who is accustomed to hitting in the leadoff spot. He currently is hitting .400 (20-for-50) with a .500 on-base percentage, 12 runs scored and eight steals.
“He can run. He'll steal some bases, and he's very solid defensively,” Peek said.