The Bellingham Bells have added another Pac-12 talent to the 2017 roster, announcing today that Arizona’s Randy Labaut will join the Bells in the summer of 2017. Labaut, a two-way player who has seen time on the mound and at the plate for the Wildcats, will primarily play the infield for the Bells this summer.
“We are thrilled to have Randy as part of our 2017 team,” Bells’ general manager Stephanie Morrell said. “Arizona is a program that has had a lot of success and great players over the years. We are excited to be beginning a new relationship with the Wildcats, one we hope will continue to grow for many years to come.”
Labaut is in his redshirt freshman campaign with U of A, where the Downey, Calif. native has appeared in 13 games on the mound and four contests at the dish, hitting .400 with 2 RBIs as a batter and tossing 29.2 innings on the hill, going 1-2 with a 4.60 ERA, striking out 21 as a pitcher.
After redshirting last season, Labaut played for the Lacrosse Loggers of the Northwoods League in the summer of 2016. With Lacrosse (WI), Labaut saw 61 at bats, reaching on base at over a .300 clip, scoring nine runs and driving in four runs.
Prior to arriving in Tuscon, Labaut was a talented prep pitcher at Downey HS, finishing his career with 19 wins, a 2.05 ERA and 209 strikeouts in 180.2 innings on the bump. Following his senior season with the Vikings, the 6-1 lefty was drafted in the 37thround of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.
“Randy brings a lot of depth and skill to the Bells’ roster,” Bells’ general manager Stephanie Morrell said. “He has had tremendous success on the mound, but has also proven to be solid at the plate and in the field. We believe Randy will be an important part of our roster this summer as he will provide offensive spark and consistent defense.”
Bellingham is slated to have players from 9 of the 11 schools that play baseball in the Pac-12 conference, including both Arizona programs (Arizona and Arizona State), both Washington teams (Washington and Washington State) and Top 5 program Oregon State.
Labaut and the 2017 Bells will look to begin another successful campaign on Friday June 2nd against the Gresham GreyWolves at Joe Martin Field.