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Shortslef throwing well in second stint with Spokane Indians

HERKIMER, NY – In just over a year after being drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2015 as the 768th overall pick, former Herkimer Generals reliever Jacob Shortslef found himself in the Northwest League (Class A) pitching for the Spokane Indians last Thursday (6/23). The right hander threw four solid innings in a start against Eugene, allowing two earned runs off of three hits, striking out five in an 11-9 win over the Emeralds.

The Hannibal, NY native has moved around a bit throughout the last year; playing for the Arizona League Rangers of the Arizona League (Rookie Level), Frisco RoughRiders of the Texas League (Class AA), Hickory Crawdads of the South Atlantic League (Class A) and as previously mentioned the Spokane Indians of the Northwestern League. Shortslef has a 3-4 record despite an impressive 3.28 ERA in 22 games. The right hander has thrown 46 2/3 innings, allowing 17 earned runs off of 52 hits. He’s held hitters to a .277 batting average, racking up 44 strikeouts which is almost a strikeout per inning.

“Jacob’s stock is on the rise, and the Rangers believe in him and his abilities on the mound,” said Head Baseball Coach Jason Rathbun. “It’s great to see our alumni have success beyond the college level, and to see the amount of work they put in their craft. I’m excited to see what he can do as a starter for this major league organization!”

-Giorgio Varlaro

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