The Pump Jacks bring back one of the most talented players in the league in 2011 TCL All-Star Kirby Pellant. The Chandler, Ariz. native hit .289 during the regular season and led the TCL with 33 stolen bases last summer. The current Ohio State Buckeye was also top-5 in the league in runs scored (44) and walks (33).
Pellant made the transition to the Big Ten without skipping a beat as he started all 60 games for the Buckeyes. The junior swiped 31 bags, one behind the conference leader Patrick Biondi from rival Michigan. The 2012 Big Ten all-tournament selection led the Buckeyes with four triples and was among the team leaders with 25 RBI and 6 doubles.
Prior to Ohio State, Pellant began his college career at Marshall, where he hit leadoff and batted .337 in conference play with 7 doubles, 4 triples and 20 runs scored. The Arizona native was named to the Conference-USA All-Freshman team. After one season in Huntington, W. Va., Pellant went back home to play for Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
The middle infielder is one of the more unique players in the TCL, having been drafted twice. Upon graduation of high school, Pellant was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 38th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Just last season, the Cincinnati Reds selected Pellant in the 47th round.
Pellant attended Corona del Sol High School in Phoenix where he was First Team All-State in 2009, finishing with a career batting average of .460 and more than 100 hits, runs, and RBI.