Rafters Pitching Staff Gains Two New Arms

Favors and Phillips strengthen incoming rotation 

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.- The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters bring in two pitchers Caden Favors and Carson Phillips.

Favors is currently a freshman at Seminole State College. He has made six total appearances, four starts, and has 16 strikeouts over 17.2 innings. Favors’ best start came against Rose State College on March 6th, he completed 5.2 innings allowing only two hits and earned the win.

The Oklahoma native attended Carl Albert High School in Midwest City. Favors was ranked as the 4th best left-hand pitcher in Oklahoma in the Perfect Game Class of 2020.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to get to play for the Rafters organization this summer,” Favors said. “I hope to help bring a championship to the great fans of Wisconsin Rapids!”

Carson Phillips is in his junior season at Dixie State. Phillips has previously pitched at California Baptist and San Diego Mesa Community College. In the 2021 campaign, Phillips has totaled 8.1 innings over seven appearances. His best outing was an eight-pitch, 1-2-3 inning against Brigham Young University on March 16th.

“I heard a lot of great things about Wisconsin Rapids,” said Phillips. “The people, the atmosphere, and the level of play, and I can’t wait to be a part of it!”

Mark your calendars! The Rafters Home Opener is on Monday, May 31st at 6:35pm against rival Wisconsin Woodchucks. Reserve your tickets today with a Rafters ticket package! Single game tickets go on sale in April.

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 245 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Star Jordan Zimmermann (DET). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rafters as your favorite team.

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]