January 21, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks have picked up a former high-round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers.
The RiverHawks announced Monday that they have acquired veteran pitcher Robert Wooley from the Sioux City Explorers of the independent American Association in exchange for future considerations.
Wooley, a 22-year-old right-hander, was selected by the Brewers in the sixth round of the 2003 draft. He spent the following four seasons in the Milwaukee chain and topped out at West Virginia of the Class A South Atlantic League.
Wooley will be returning to the Frontier League. He spent the first two months of the 2007 season with the Southern Illinois Miners. He was 4-2 with a 3.51 earned-run average in 10 starts and was picked for the all-star game. After a July trade to the Explorers for a player to be named later, Wooley was 3-1 with a 6.92 ERA in nine appearances.
Wooley is 20-21 with a 4.56 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of nearly 2-to-1 in his professional career.
The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 16th season this summer. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Most games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.