Three Arizona players join Sweets

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WALLA WALLA - Three prospects from Arizona will join the Walla Walla Sweets in 2010, adding big bats and speed to the lineup in Borleske Stadium.

Jesus Martinez and Mat Harjung, both outfielders, and Karsten Strieby, a first baseman, have agreed to contracts with the expansion Sweets. All three play for the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC).

"With how deep Borleske plays, we wanted to add a few pieces to the roster that can both neutralize the space on defense with speed and take advantage of the space on offense with consistent gap-to-gap power," said Sweets general manager Zachary Fraser. "The ACCAC consistently produces top draft picks in the MLB draft, and we are excited to have identified players from this conference that will be great additions to our club."

Strieby, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound freshman at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz., is originally from Brier, Wash., and is currently hitting .359 through 20 games with the Matadors. His brother, Ryan, is a first baseman for the Detroit Tigers.

Martinez, a 6-0 sophomore at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., is a Tucson native. Martinez will cover the center outfield, Fraser said.

Harjung, a 6-3, 175-pound freshman at Cochise College in Cochise County, Ariz., is a native of Scottsdale, Ariz. Harjung played in the Arizona Summer Collegiate League in 2009, when he hit .392, finishing second on his team with 56 AB. A left-handed bat, he can play all three outfield positions as well as first base, Fraser said.

The Sweets, an expansion franchise in the West Coast League, open the 2010 season on June 8.

For more information, call 509-522-2255 or online at www.wallawallasweets.com.

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