LINCOLN — The Saltdogs re-acquired LHP Ryan Strufing from Sioux City and received RHP Sam Agnew-Wieland from Joplin to bolster their pitching staff for the 2015 season.
Strufing impressed during his true rookie campaign for the Saltdogs and Explorers, going 1-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 11 games (with 10 starts) over 56 2/3 innings.
The 23-year old out of Long Beach State managed a 1.31 WHIP and allowed just one home run on the season. Strufing improved as the summer progressed, allowing just one earned run in four of his final six starts.
In his professional debut for the Saltdogs on July 10, Strufing pitched six shutout innings, allowing three hits with six strikeouts and one walk against Grand Prairie.
Agnew-Wieland was an important piece in the Joplin bullpen, going 3-4 with a 3.68 ERA in 40 games for a club that won 55 games.
The 23-year old from Marietta, Ga. went 2-0 over six shutout innings, allowing just two hits in four appearances against the Saltdogs in 2015.
Agnew-Wieland was drafted by the New York Yankees in 2013 out of Appalachian State University, and spent his first two professional seasons in the Pinstripes organization.
To complete the trade, Lincoln sent OF Tucker White to Joplin.