The Bellingham Bells of the West Coast League have added Tarleton State University juniors Chris Casazza and Junnior Dishmey-Perez to the 2010 roster.
Casazza played third base a member of the WCL’s Moses Lake Pirates in 2009 where he led the league in home runs (9) and total bases (79). The Temecula, Calif., native finished the 2009 WCL season with eight doubles, 22 runs batted in, and 31 runs scored on his way to being named the league’s ninth best prospect by Baseball America.
As a sophomore at Tarleton State, Casazza hit for a .354 average in 50 games in 2009 before joining the Pirates. He was named Second Team All-Lone Star Conference after leading his team in hits (63), triples (5), home runs (12), runs batted in (53), and slugging percentage (.705).
Dishmey-Perez is in his first year at Tarleton State after transferring from Cisco Junior College. In 2009, Dishmey-Perez was named First Team All-Conference as a second baseman. He played for the Lehigh Valley Catz of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League during the summer of 2009 where he led his team with a .346 batting average.
The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, native finished second in the ACBL with 11 doubles and also recorded a pair of triples, two home runs and 19 runs batted in.
“Chris and Junnior are going to provide us with some great experience both offensively and defensively,” said Bells general manager Justin Stottlemyre. “We saw first-hand what Chris has the capability of doing at the plate in this league and hope another year will only make him a stronger all-around player.
“Junnior had two outstanding years in junior college and his numbers last year in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League were impressive,” said Stottlemyre. “He’s going to get a chance to play at a higher level this spring and we’re confident he’ll make us a better defensive team up the middle while also giving us another high-average bat at the plate.”
The Bellingham Bells kick off their 12th season June 4, 2010 at Joe Martin Field against the Kelowna Falcons. Great group and single-game tickets are still available for the 2010 season by calling the Bells Ticket Office at 360-746-0406.
About the Bellingham Bells
The Bellingham Bells are a professionally operated collegiate summer baseball team in the West Coast League. The team is owned and operated by Brett Sports & Entertainment which includes Major League Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett and Brett Sports managing partner Bobby Brett. The Bellingham Bells strive to provide their fans, sponsors, and partners with the very best in competitive baseball and affordable entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere. The team is comprised of college baseball players from across the country. In recent years, the Bells have produced a number of Major League products including Jeff Francis of the 2007 National League Champion Colorado Rockies and Whatcom County natives Ty Taubenheim and Kevin Richardson.