La Crosse, WISCONSIN The 2012 Northwoods League champion La Crosse Loggers announced their first two player signings today for the 2013 season and they both have a local flavor to them. University of Minnesota position players Bobby Juan and Troy Traxler will both dawn the Logger green next summer, team officials confirmed earlier today.
Juan, a La Crosse Central High School alum and former Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Wisconsin, will be returning for his third summer in La Crosse with an opportunity to etch his name in the Logger record books for good.
Juan has been a mainstay in the Logger lineup in each of the past two seasons, helping La Crosse to 91 wins over that period including the franchise's first NWL trophy this past summer.
Following his freshman year at Minnesota, Juan erupted in the summer of 2011 when he hit .319 with a team-high six home runs and 30 RBI's.
The left-handed hitting Juan followed that up with another powerful summer this past year when he hit .272 with nine homers and 37 RBI's.
Juan already holds the Logger career mark in runs scored (70) and heads into 2013 as the career leader in slugging percentage (.475), on-base percentage (.400) and OPS (.875).
The junior outfielder is also on the cusp of breaking numerous other Logger career marks (see attached).
Fellow Golden Gopher, and La Crescent, Minn. native, Troy Traxler will be joining Juan back in La Crosse next summer.
Traxler, a 5-11 catcher, was tabbed as an Under Armour Pre-Season High School All-American prior to the 2011 season and was named the Winona Daily News Player of the Year following his junior season at La Crescent High.
Along with being La Crescent's career stolen base leader, he was also a three-time all-conference selection and an all-state honoree as a junior.
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