06/12/2018 4:59 PM -
In this week's transactions, the CornBelters added three rookies to their roster. All three—LHP George Faue, RHP Chris Weiss, and INF Brandon Kussmaul—will play in their first season outside of collegiate baseball.
After releasing RHP Jose Savinon and OF Derek Bauer yesterday, the CornBelters opened up some possible roster additions. Additionally, newly acquired outfielder Tony Holton was placed on the 7-day disabled list.
George Faue, like his new teammates Justin Fletcher and Sammy Vega, played collegiate baseball at Northern Illinois University. Yet, he started his collegiate career at Iowa Central, a community college in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
As a member of the Northern Illinois baseball team, Faue had a combined ERA of 4.23 and 3 total wins. In his last season with NIU, he threw a no-hitter against Central Michigan. Just days after teammate Sammy Vega signed with the CornBelters, Faue's former head coach Mike Kunigonis was excited to hear about his former southpaw playing pro, "Very excited for George. This is a great day for him and his family. He's worked extremely hard to have this opportunity."
The CornBelters also signed right-handed pitcher Chris Weiss who played his collegiate career at Hofstra University. During his years at Hofstra, Weiss worked primarily as a bullpen pitcher—specifically a closer. He left Hofstra ranked second all-time in saves with 15 and fifth all-time in strikeouts with 187.
In the 2018 season, Weiss played in a team-high 25 games and recorded 9 saves with an ERA of 3.65. Continuing to break school records, Weiss's 9 saves during his final season tied a program record; Weiss also held batters to an extremely low .191 batting average. One of his best games of his final season occurred against Norfolk State where he recorded a three-inning save and threw 8 strikeouts in the process.
The final addition in the Belters slew of accusations is infielder Brandon Kussmaul who played for the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins. Kussmaul brings an added aspect of speed as well as a well-rounded hitter to the CornBelter roster.
For Virginia Wesleyan, Kussmaul hit .344 in 47 games in his final season. He recorded 64 hits and scored 49 times while bringing in 38 RBIs. Showing Kussmaul's speed, the 5'8" infielder hit 10 triples and recorded 25 stolen bases in his three-year playing career at Virginia Wesleyan. The skilled batter also walked 37 times to 28 strikeouts. In his sophomore season, Kussmaul was named to the All-State First team and the All-ODAC First team.