WAUSAU (WAOW) - Heading into the home stretch following the All-Star break, the second place Wisconsin Woodchucks will be without two of their most talented contributors as Ryan Fleming and Bryce Shafer have both left the team.
Shafer, a junior RHP from Valparaiso University, ended his two year Woodchucks career and his collegiate eligibility by signing with the Chicago Cubs. Drafted in the 44th round, the 6'0" 185 lbs Shafer was 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA through five starts on the season.
Shafer was also one of the top pitchers in the Northwoods League in 2009, going 4-3 with a 2.64 ERA in 71.2 innings pitched. Shafer will head to Arizona to get acclimated with the Cubs organization, before presumably beginning his professional career with the Arizona League Cubs.
Ryan Fleming, a 6'3 215 lbs. outfielder from Georgia State, has left the team to compete in the World University Baseball Championship for Team Canada. The World University Baseball Championship is a prestigious 23-and-under international college baseball tournament held every two years by the University Sports Federation. The Championship will take place from July 29 to August 8 in Tokyo, Japan.
Courtesy: Woodchucks Press Release