CLAREMORE — Emmanuel De La Cruz played in 35 games last season, starting 25 times, primarily as the designated hitter. He tallied 14 hits with six home runs. McKenzie Matthews played in 16 games last season and made six starts. He had a .278 batting average and a perfect fielding percentage.
Coach Bradley added Ramcy Lora to the roster at semester. The Boston, Mass. native is a player who could make contributions at catcher, first base and the designated hitter position.
“We did bring in a catcher at semester,” Bradley said. “Ramcy has proven he can provide quality depth and before the season is over I think he could be in the mix.”
Cody Campbell returns for his third and final season on the Hill. The senior from St. Cloud, Fla. was the Hillcats’ everyday first baseman and started in all 63 games he played in a season ago. He finished the year with 96 RBI, 14 doubles and six homeruns.
“Cody Campbell is definitely penciled in as our everyday starter this season,” Bradley said. “We are looking for him to be a RBI guy, hitting in the five-hole. His offensive year wasn’t as good as it was his sophomore season but he had some big at-bats down the stretch in the postseason that really contributed to our success. He is a clutch hitter and I am looking for him to have an outstanding senior season for us.”
Ramcy Lora will back Campbell when he needs a day off.
Hector Rivera returns for his senior season after a solid year in 2012. The Manati, Puerto Rico native played in all 65 games last season, starting all but one contest. A mainstay at second base, Rivera finished second on the team in batting average (.353) and hits (79). He tallied 13 doubles, two triples and a pair of homeruns.