By PJ Potter
The Edenton Steamers have announced the final three pitchers added to the 2018 roster.
Gennari, a left-handed freshman, split time between starting and relieving this year with Northern Oklahoma Tonkawa, going a perfect 5-0 in 10 total appearances.
"He's going to be a great one-inning guy for us at the back of our bullpen. He'll be good in lefty-lefty situations. Here, he'll move forward and get better coming from a junior college," said head coach Russ Burroughs.
The Lewisville, TX native fanned 51 batters in just 34 innings, a 13.50 K/9 ratio.
Storms, a right-hander, may not be on the same team as Gennari, but the two players grew up together. The Steamers this summer are loaded with chemistry thanks to teammates signing package deals, and now have a pair of childhood friends from Lewisville.
In his freshman season, Storms relieved in six of the eight games he pitched. Holding a 1-1 record, the 6'3" 190-pounder tossed 13.1 innings for Navarro, a team he did not expect to play for in college.
"Coming out of high school, he was a huge recruit. Unfortunate circumstances put him a few levels lower," Coach Burroughs said about Storms, who was committed to Oklahoma University.
"He's got a nasty hook and dangerous movement on his pitches. I see him at the Division I level very soon. I like him as our sixth or seventh inning guy."
McKinley, who will be playing for Faulkner next season, previously played for Lurleen B. Wallace Community College. The left-hander struck out 24 batters over 18.1 innings, earning two wins along the way in his time with Lurleen B. Wallace.
"He's a big and powerful lefty. If he can figure out the mental aspects of pitching, there is no reason this guy will not be playing in affiliate ball over the next two years," Coach Burroughs said.
All three are expected to hold down the bullpen in big one-inning spots.
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