Current Roster

Colin Willis
#21

Position: OF
Height: 5' 11"   Weight: 185 lbs
College Experience: Purdue University-Northwest
Bats: L
Throws: R

Biography:

2018
Re-signed with Gary on Jan. 11
Slashed .297/.385/.448/.834 with 50 runs, 98 hits, 17 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 29 extra-base hits, 50 RBIs, two hit by pitches, four stolen bases and four sacrifice flies in 92 games with Gary
Posted a career-high 92 games, 384 plate appearances, 330 at-bats, 98 hits, 17 doubles, nine home runs, 29 extra-base hits, 50 RBIs, 148 total bases, 48 walks and four sacrifice flies
Finished with a team-high 98 hits, 50 RBIs, 148 total bases and 48 walks and tied for the team lead with nine home runs
Recorded the first multi-home run game of his career, including a go-ahead three-run home run on 6/10 against Fargo-Moorhead
Recorded the third longest consecutive on-base streak in the American Association after reaching base safely in a career-high 34 straight games from 7/6 - 8/11
Went 0-for-15 with a walk in the American Association North Division Series

2017
Re-signed with Gary on Jan. 24
Slashed .319/.407/.482/.889 with 54 runs, 96 hits, 15 doubles, five triples, eight home runs, 28 extra-base hits, 49 RBIs, four hit by pitches, 15 stolen bases and three sacrifice flies in 87 games with Gary
Posted a career-high 54 runs, five triples, 15 stolen bases, four hit by pitches, .319 batting average, .407 on-base percentage, .482 slugging percentage, 889 OPS and 29 multi-hit games
Finished seventh in the American Association with a .319 batting average (first among rookies) and finished with a team-best eight home runs, 54 runs, 145 total bases, .407 on-base percentage, .482 slugging percentage, .889 OPS and 29 multi-hit games
Named the American Association Rookie of the Year on Sept. 3
Recorded two doubles and a stolen base in his first start of the year on 5/21 in game one of a doubleheader against St. Paul
Hit his first professional home run off LHP Kramer Sneed on 6/4 against Sioux City
Tied the game at 4-4 with a two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth on 7/18 vs. Cleburne before hitting a walk-off double in the bottom of the 11th
Went 0-for-8 with a walk in the American Association Semifinals

2016
Slashed .417/.517/.604/1.121 with 12 runs, 20 hits, four doubles, one triple, one home run, 12 RBIs, 10 walks and 10 stolen bases in 18 games with the Yuma Wranglers of the Arizona Winter League
Originally signed his first professional baseball contract with the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League in the spring
Played with the Hammond Lakers of the Midwest Collegiate League and the Eastside Diamond Hoppers of the United Shore League before signing with Gary on Aug. 18
Slashed .231/.348/.333/.681 with three runs, nine hits, two doubles, one home run, 12 extra-base hits, five RBIs, a hit by pitch and two stolen bases in his first season of professional baseball with Gary
Went 1-for-4 with a triple, a walk and a stolen base on 8/17 vs. Sioux Falls in his American Association debut

Personal
Four-year starter at Purdue University—North Central and a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame
Slashed .284/.365/.353/.718 with 31 runs, 78 hits, seven doubles, three triples, two home runs, 28 RBIs, 18 stolen bases and 11 hit by pitches in 68 with the Battle Creek Bombers of the Northwoods Summer Collegiate Baseball League in 2012
Named Co-MVP of the Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League in 2014 after hitting .403 with 45 runs, 58 hits, eight doubles, eight triples, one home run, 26 RBIs, two hit by pitches and 25 stolen bases in 45 games with the Sheboygan A’s
Single-season leader at Purdue University—North Central with 93 hits, 65 runs, 28 stolen bases and eight triples
Played with RailCats Manager Greg Tagert’s son, Josh Tagert, at Purdue University—North Central
One of two players (Mike Rohde, 2008) in franchise history to be named League Rookie of the Year
Son of Tom and Rita Willis

Catchers

# Name POS
0 Jackson Smith C
29 Danny De La Calle C

Infielders

# Name POS
2 Marcus Mooney IF
5 Andy DeJesus IF
7 Tom Walraven IF
17 Randy Santiesteban IF
18 Will Savage IF
31 Hayden Schilling IF
34 Alex Crosby IF

Outfielders

# Name POS
1 Nick Herzog OF
4 Daniel Gardner OF
8 Michael Blatchford OF
21 Colin Willis OF
25 Ray Jones OF
41 Mj Rookard OF

Pitchers

# Name POS
4 Nick Floyd P
14 Ryan Thurston P
28 Andrew Cartier P
30 David Griffin P
33 Sandy Lugo P
37 Trevor Lubking P
39 Justin Sinibaldi P
40 Jack Alkire P
41 Nile Ball P
47 Christian DeLeon P
51 Seth Hougesen P
54 Felix Carvallo P

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