Otters complete trade with Rockford

The Evansville Otters completed a previous trade when they sent catcher John Nester and right-handed pitcher Scott Weismann to the Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am League. This transaction closed a trade from May 2013 in which the Evansville Otters received closer Eric Massingham for two players to be named later. Massingham is the Otters’ career saves leader.

“With Massingham being such a big part of our success the past three years, I knew we would have to give good players in return,” said Otters manager Andy McCauley in a written statement. “I wish both Scott and John the best of luck with Rockland.”

Nester was a Frontier League All-Star catcher last summer, hitting a career-best .287 with five home runs and 28 runs batted in. He threw out 34 percent of runners who tried to steal against him while piloting the Otters’ starting pitchers to a league best 10 complete games and six shutouts. He was a 39th round draft choice of the Oakland A’s in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft.

Weisman was one of Evansville’s premier set-up men, finishing 5-2 with a 3.23 earned run average. He recorded a career-best 73 strikeouts in 64 innings. Weisman was chosen by the Chicago Cubs in the 46th round of the 2011 MLB Draft.

The Otters will begin the 2014 season at Normal on May 16.



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About Gordon Engelhardt

Many moons ago, I was a semipro baseball pitcher and my love for the grand old game continues unabated. I was lucky enough to cover the White Sox in the 1983 ALCS and the Cubbies in the 1984 NLCS while living in northern Illinois. I have covered several Cardinals games, but never in postseason.

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