Cole MacLaren - Free-agent - SIGNED -- Detroit Tigers
Hometown: Morel, PEI
Height/Weight: 5-10, 190 lbs.
Team: Pitt University Panthers
Coach: Mike Bell.
Previous Teams: Colby College, Okotoks Dawgs.
Previous Coaches: Carey Jones, Ryan Carter, A.J. Fystro, Val Helldobler, Frank Ingram.
2019 season at Pitt as a senior: Batted .237 with seven doubles, three homers and 44 RBIs in 55 games ... Singled and knocked in a pair against Villanova ... Doubled facing Marshall ... Had a pair of hits, including a double and drove in a run against Milwaukee ... Drove in a run facing USC Upstate ... Singled against Bucknell ... Had a pair of hits facing Hofstra ... His single knocked in a pair facing Saint Peter’s ... Three hits against Butler ... Run-scoring single playing Central Michigan ... Singled against Youngstown State ... Three hits in Virginia Tech ... Doubled in a run playing Kent State ... Two knocks in three-game Virginia series ... A pair of hits facing Youngstown State ... Three hits and an RBI facing Miami ,,, Managed two hits and knocked in a run with a double and a homer against Duke ... Two-run single against Penn State ... Four hits and two RBIs against Wake Forest ... Three hits and an RBI against Notre Dame ... Two hits facing Presbyterian ... Singled against MD Eastern Shore ... RBI-single against Florida State ... Three hits, including a homer, with two RBIs against North Carolina ... Three-run homer against West Virginia ... Three hits in three-game series against facing Georgia Tech.
2018 season at Pitt as a junior: Compiled a .200 average to go with 39 walks, 33 hits, 21 RBIs and six doubles ... Started all 55 games for the Panthers behind the dish ... Ranked second on the team in walks … Caught 20 of 50 runners attempting to steal … Recorded 472 putouts and 50 assists on the season … led the team in putouts and ranked fourth in assists … Went 2-for-2 in a 9-0 win against Massachusetts, adding two walks, an RBI and a run … Was 1-for-2 in an 18-5 victory over MD Eastern Shore, compiling two RBIs, a walk and a double … Went 2-for-4, producing three RBIs in a 3-0 win at Miami to claim the series for the Panthers … Batted 1-for-4, adding three RBIs, and a double in a 15-3 victory over MD Eastern Shore … Hit 1-for-4 in a 15-10 win against Virginia Tech, collecting two RBIs.
2017 season as sophomore at Colby Community College: Batted .245 with nine doubles, a triple, two homers and 21 RBIs in 50 games with a .762 OPS for the Trojans ... Was a two-year starting catcher at Colby boasting a two-year batting average of .268 … Threw out 27 runners and accumulated a .995 fielding percentage in his two seasons.
2016 season as freshman at Colby: Hit .291 with 11 doubles, a homer and 33 RBIs with a .787 OPS in 46 games.
2019 Honours: Nominated for the Johnny Bench Award in 2019. The award is given out annually by a committee to the best catcher in the country. Previous winners include current MLB players such as Kurt Suzuki, Buster Posey and Mike Zunino.
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