BATON ROUGE, La. – With Major League Spring Training about to start and college baseball already under way, the sounds and smell of baseball are in the air. In just a few short months, your Baton Rouge Rougarou will also be crossing the white lines of Pete Goldsby Field and today announced the signing of pitcher Al Thorington and pitcher/outfielder Ethan Brister.
Thorington, a left-handed pitcher from Pinckney, Mich., enters his sophomore year at Kellogg Community College (Battle Creek, Mich.) but a freshman eligibility-wise due to the cancellation of last season. In his shortened 2020 campaign for KCC, the southpaw appeared in five games, all in relief, throwing 8.1 innings and posting a 4.32 ERA with 10 strikeouts. This past summer, Thorington played in the Legacy’s Midwest Collegiate Baseball League and was voted a top-5 pitcher after posting a 0.979 ERA with 8 strikeouts and no walks in 14.3 innings. He finished his summer playing for the Traverse City (Mich.) Pit Spitters in the Northwoods League where he went 1-1 in 3 games (1 start). His senior year in high school Thorington was a Division 1 Second Team All-State selection after going 9-1 with a 1.22 ERA and 72 K’s in 57 innings of work.
Brister, who hails from Paincourtville, La., is a freshman, right-handed pitcher and outfielder for Nunez Community College (Chalmette, La.) and has already seen some game action this season for the 2-2 Pelicans. On the hill, Brister has made 2 appearances (1 start) striking out 2 in a scoreless inning of relief and going 2.1 innings in his start, giving up 4 hits and 5 earned runs with another 2 strikeouts in a no-decision. Although he has not stepped into the box yet this season, he did hit .391 (9-for-23) with a homerun during NCC’s Fall season. A four-year varsity player at Assumption High School in Napoleonville, La., Brister also played for the Louisiana Knights during his sophomore, junior and senior years of high school.
The Baton Rouge Rougarou will release their 2021 TCL schedule in the coming weeks. Please check back at the team’s official website www.brrougarou.com for any other off-season news as it develops. For information on advertising, sponsorships, promotions, and other opportunities
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