The Northwest Indiana starter in the 2012 MCL Championship Game, Chicago State right-hander Andy Wellwerts returns to the Oilmen roster in 2013 after a sophomore season that saw the Cedar Lake native become one of the top arms for the Cougars' pitching staff.
Wellwerts led Chicago State in ERA, wins and innings pitched this past season, posting a 4.28 ERA and 4 wins in just over 90 frames while tossing seven complete games among his 15 starts. He also led the team with 65 strikeouts this spring.
On April 20th, he had what may have been his finest outing as a collegian, pitching a complete game while allowing just one run, three hits and one walk, fanning five in a win over New York Institute of Technology.
As a senior at Hanover Central High School, Wellwerts went 9-1 with a 1.53 ERA and 128 strikeouts in just under 80 innings pitched, helping his team notch their first trip to the state title game and earning him an All-State nod from the IHSBCA and the Northwest Indiana Times. He also was named the MVP of the conference and the Gary Post-Tribune Player of the Year that same season.
Overall, last summer, Wellwerts appeared in three games, going 2-0 with a 3.45 ERA and one save for the Oilmen.