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Schaumburg Boomers sign three key pitchers for 2014

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The Schaumburg Boomers are an independent minor league baseball team in suburban Chicago. Last year, in 2013, they won their league's title as the Frontier League champions. They also won the Organization of the Year from the league.

That means that, going into 2014, expectations are high for the team. Fortunately for fans, the team announced that they have inked deals with three key pitchers they feel will help the team create another championship year.

First, Seth Webster, a right-hander and a rookie last year. He spent part of 2013 playing in college and then signing with the Boomers. He pitched in 11 games and went 6-1 with a 2.50 ERA. He pitched a total of 75 innings for Schaumburg and gave up only 63 hits while notching 52 strikeouts.

Second, the team inked a deal with righty Anthony Smith. This will be his third season playing in the independent leagues. He spent 2012 and part of 2013 playing in the Pecos League. He finished 2013 playing for the El Paso Diablos in the American Association. He finished 2013 with a 4-3 record and a 2.89 ERA. He notched 39 strikeouts while pitching 53 innings.

Third, a rookie right-hander, Erik Shannahan will be joining the Boomers this year. He just finished his college years at Missouri State University. He got to the mound 32 times while playing for Missouri State and had a 3-1 record with a 2.51 ERA. He garnered three saves and had 39 strikeouts in 38.1 innings pitched.

With these three players now signed the team officially has 14 players signed to their 2014 roster. The team will have a 34-man roster by the time Spring Training starts in April.

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