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SPOKANE, Wash.- Ten more baseball players got their assignment to play with the Spokane Indians this season, four of which were on the team last year.
Returning from last year's championship season will be infielders Johnny Washington and Julio Santana, as well as RHP Brett Zamzow and OF/1B Wally Backman Jr. Other players assigned by the Texas Rangers on Monday was pitcher Shannon Wirth from Lewis and Clark State College.
Wirth was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2006 MLB Draft after helping LCSC to the NAIA championship. He was 7-1 with a 2.96 ERA, boasting 66 strikeouts and two complete games as a starter in 2006.
Also assigned to the Indians on Monday were OF Brian Nelson from Corban College, RHP Jose Jaimes from the 2005 AZL Rangers, C Billy Killian, RHP Derrick Jones and 1B Chris Kemp from the University of Tennessee. Killian was acquired from a trade between the Rangers and the San Diego Padres, and played for the Eugene Emeralds in 2005. Jones was signed as an undrafted free agent from George Fox University where he had a 2.88 career ERA as a pitcher and a .355 batting average. Kemp, also an undrafted free agent went .314 with 41 RBIs and 11 home runs his senior season as a Volunteer.
Players assigned to the Indians on Monday will report for their first workout on June 14 prior to their exhibition game against the Spokane RiverHawks on June 15. That game will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Northwest League regular season begins June 19 against Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at 6:30 p.m.