After beginning the 2012 season as a temporary contract player for the Rafters and ending the year as a member of the Lakeshore Chinooks roster, Michael Jurgella is content to spend an entire summer in the Northwoods League close to home. The Plover, WI product will look to capitalize on yet another successful 2013 season at St. Cloud St. where he hit .300/.408/.464, one home run, and 22 RBIs.
While appearing in 16 games on a temporary contract with the Rafters during the first month of the 2012 season, Jurgella compiled a .259 batting average with four doubles and three RBIs. Overall, with Wisconsin Rapids and Lakeshore, Jurgella appeared in 32 games and posted a .261 batting average.
As a freshman at St. Cloud State last spring, Jurgella appeared in 48 games and posted a .326 batting average and .388 on-base percentage. In addition he slugged nine doubles, two triples, and four home runs while driving in 34, including nine multi-RBI games.
Jurgella is a 2010 graduate of Pacelli High School, where he earned four letters and was named All-State as a junior and senior. The three-time All-Conference selection helped the Cardinals win three conference championships during his time there while also recording the highest batting average in school history with a .488 average.