Date: Aug 13, 2018
DICKINSON, ND – The Badlands Big Sticks are excited to announce the addition of six more signings to the 2018 roster: Kaleb Whitlock, Garrett Hammer, Kirby Smith, Matt Young, Nick Nelson, and Chasen Roulhac.
Kaleb Whitlock will join the Big Sticks as a right-handed pitcher. Whitlock is originally from Filer, ID and graduated from Filer High School in 2014. He began his collegiate baseball career at Big Bend Community College in Washington before transferring to New Mexico Highlands University this year. The 6’4”, 200-pound pitcher was a multi-sport athlete in high school, lettering in baseball, basketball, football, and track.
Garrett Hammer will join the Big Sticks and his NMHU teammate as a catcher. Hammer is originally from Fort Collins, CO and graduated from Rocky Mountain High School in 2015. He played his first season of collegiate baseball for Kellogg Community College, and second season for Lansing Community College in Michigan before transferring to New Mexico Highlands University this year. The 6’0”, 200-pound catcher also helped the LCC Stars to the NJCAA semi-finals in 2017.
Also signing on as a catcher for the Big Sticks is Kirby Smith. Originally from Fayetteville, TN, Smith graduated from Lincoln County High School in 2016. He will complete his sophomore season with Motlow State Community College in 2018. The 5’10”, 210-pound catcher has also played for the Fort Worth Whitetails of the Great Southwest Collegiate League.
Matt Young will join the Big Sticks and his Motlow State teammate as a left-handed pitcher and utility player for the 2018 season. Originally from Maryville, TN, Young graduated from Maryville High School in 2017 and will play his first year of collegiate baseball for Motlow State Community College. The 6’2”, 225-pound utility player lettered in both baseball and football all four years of his high school career.
Nick Nelson will also take the mound for the Big Sticks as a right-handed pitcher. Originally from Maysville, KY, he will complete his first season of collegiate baseball at Xavier University in 2018. The 6’3”, 188-pound pitcher graduated from Mason County High School in 2017, where he earned all-state honorable mention during his junior season.
Chasen Roulhac will join the Big Sticks as a shortstop for the 2018 season. Roulhac is originally from Blountstown, FL and is currently in his sophomore year at Albany State University in Georgia. The 6’0”, 170-pound infielder graduated from Blountstown High School in 2016, and helped the Tigers to the state finals during his junior season.
The Badlands Big Sticks will begin their inaugural season on May 25, 2018. More information on tickets and promotions will be released in the next several weeks.