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RedWolves Add Catcher and Outfield Depth

RedWolves Add Catcher and Outfield Depth

FLORENCE, S.C. --  The Florence RedWolves and first-year head coach Cory Brownsten announce the signing of Brody Gibson, AJ Archambo and Joe Simone to the 2018 roster.

Gibson and Archambo are freshmen from Oral Roberts.

"Both guys are coming from winning high school and college programs, so I know it will be in their blood to compete and want nothing else," Brownsten said. "Both of these boys have pro body frames and from speaking with them, they are both extremely excited about the summer and coming in ready to work to get themselves better and to help the team be the best that we can be. I'm very excited to watch these two grow throughout the summer."

Gibson is a catcher and a native of Claremore, Oklahoma. He has appeared in 12 games this season for the Golden Eagles, batting .172 with two RBIs and .991 fielding percentage.

"He is a big bodied catcher with a good setup that will get us some strike calls," Brownsten said. "Brody has a plus arm behind the plate, and I will be excited to see him show it off throughout the summer. I plan to get a lot of work with Brody to help him improve. When it comes to at-bats, a big thing with him will be having quality ab's."

Archambo is an outfielder and a native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He has appeared in 16 games this season for Oral Roberts batting .069 with one RBI and a .947 fielding percentage.

"AJ's biggest strength is his athleticism, he has incredible jumps and reads in the outfield being able to track down the fly balls," Brownsten said. "He's a very athletic kid who was a three-sport athlete in Oklahoma. He has a plus arm to keep runners from advancing on base hits.

"Both freshmen have had lower batting averages, but are hitting balls hard. We all know you can hit a ball hard 10 out of 10 times and still come up with nothing. I am confident these young guys will come along throughout the summer."

Simone is a sophomore outfielder from Rider University. He is a native of Wayne, New Jersey. Simone has appeared in 32 games this season for the Broncos with a team best .350 average, one home run, 14 RBIs and seven stolen bases.

"Excited to welcome this high energy guy, Joe, this kid just competes and finds ways to get it done," Brownsten said. "Joe will play plus defense, I don't think he has made an error this year. Joe is having a great school season, and I'm hoping he can stay strong and continue it throughout the summer."