MT. CARMEL, Illinois - Former Wabash Valley College baseball players Keith Butler and Aaron Barrett will start the 2014 season in Major League Baseball bullpens. Both were selected in the 2009 MLB Draft out of WVC, and are late-inning relievers for their respective clubs.
St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Butler, a Bowling Green, KY native, made his debut on June 1, 2013. Manager Mike Matheny was excited to add Butler to the roster out of spring training. The skipper commented about his multiple-innings capabilities and his slider and change-up both being pitches that can retire hitters from either side of the plate.
Barrett, an Evansville, IN native, made his debut on March 31, 2014, against the New York Mets, a game where he would record 2 strikeouts and also his first big-league victory. When the rookie found out about making the roster, he was quite emotional. Manager Matt Williams told him they had some very tough decisions to make and he was one of them.
Rob Fournier is in his 18th year as Head Coach at Wabash Valley College. When asked about these two former student athletes, Fournier had many positive things to say. "Both of these guys made the most out of their 2-year junior college experience and we are extremely proud of these two former Warriors. They have both represented this program in a positive manner and we could not be happier for them and their families."