Trio of BYU Cougars bound for Newark

BYU junior transfer Mike Springer, who pitched for Salt Lake Community College in 2012, is one of three Cougars headed to Newark in 2013. Photo courtesy Kevin Gust/The Globe

NEWARK, N.Y. - The Pilots are wasting no time in securing talented players for next season, as they add three BYU Cougars to the 2014 roster.  Wyatt Padgett, JC Snyder, and Michael Springer will all be making the trip from Utah to upstate New York this summer to suit up for the Pilots.

Padgett, a sophomore first-baseman from Yucaipa, Calif., is returning to action at BYU for the 2014 season after sitting out the 2012 and 2013 seasons while on a mission trip to Mexico City, Mexico.  Padgett saw limited action as a Freshman with the Cougars, but is expected to be the everyday first-baseman for the talented Brigham Young squad this season. Newark head coach Mike Armstrong said, “I am excited to have Wyatt coming in to add to the team this summer.  His presence in the lineup as a left handed hitter with some pop will definitely help us out.  We’re looking for him to contribute in a big way.”

Justin "J.C." Snyder, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound infielder, is a transfer to BYU this season from Salt Lake Community College where he posted impressive numbers as a sophomore.  In 54 games at SLCC, Snyder hit .284 with eight doubles and was 8-for-9 in stolen bases.  These statistics were impressive enough to catch the eye of scouts in the Seattle Mariners organization, as Snyder was drafted in the 36th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in 2013.  Look for Snyder to build on those numbers this year at BYU, before joining the Pilots this summer. “We are excited to have a talented guy like Snyder coming to play in Newark this year. He is a guy who has the potential to do really well in this league”, said Mike Armstrong.

Joining Snyder and Padgett in Newark will be junior right-handed pitcher Michael Springer, like Snyder, a transfer from NJCAA Division I Salt Lake Community College. . In his sophomore year, Springer posted a 6-4 record over 48.1 innings and nine starts.  He was able to record a 3.72 ERA and 40 strikeouts with just 26 walks.  Springer is expected to be a great arm for the Pilots in the 2014 season.  Coach Armstrong said, “Michael has a real live arm and we look for him to be an important part of our pitching staff next summer.”

“We are really excited to have talented players from a great program like BYU coming to Newark for the 2014 season”, said Armstrong.

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