2012 is Jareck West's first season with the ThunderBolts and sixth overall. He was acquired by Windy City in a trade with the River City Rascals on May 31, 2012. West spent most of 2011 with River City, helpiong the Rascals tie the single-season Frontier League wins record. He had previousy spent time in the Frontier League with the Gateway Grizzlies. Jareck's professional career began when he was selected in the 25th round of the 2007 amateur entry draft by the Oakland Athletics. He attended Delta State University, where he hit .399 as a senior in 2007 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs.