WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets have begun building their West Coast League roster by signing three players out of the University of Kansas.
Sweets general manager Zachery Fraser announced that catcher James Stanfield and infielders Jordan Dreiling and Kevin Kuntz have inked contracts to play for Walla Walla’s wood-bat baseball team that will launch its initial season at Borleske Stadium this summer. The Sweets open the season at home June 8 against the defending WCL champion Wenatchee Applesox.
"Any championship team is strong up the middle on defense," Fraser said. "So that is where we are going to start. And I am confident that these three players will be a good step in that direction."
According to Fraser, the Jayhawks program is quickly becoming one of the elite baseball schools in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas won 39 games in 2009, received an at-large berth in the NCAA championship tournament and reached the final round of the Chapel Hill Regional.
Kuntz, Fraser noted, is the son of former big leaguer Rusty Kuntz, who is currently part of the Kansas City Royals front office.