Marlins Ink Pair of Owls

<p>The Morehead City Marlins announced today they have signed two players from powerhouse Rice University.  Freshman left handed pitcher Kyle Mueller and sophomore catcher Geoff Perrott will have the opportunity to continue their rapport as batterymates at Puck O&rsquo;Neal Field this summer.</p>
<p>A native of Kingwood, TX, Perrott started five games as catcher in 2010.  Entering his second season, Perrott is scheduled to see increased time behind the plate for the Owls this spring.  The right-handed hitting backstop collected four hits in limited play last spring season.  Perrott continued his development last summer with the Vermont Mountaineers in the New England Collegiate League where he saw action in 23 games.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Perrott, a letterwinner, is a defensive-minded catcher with great catch and throw capabilities,&rdquo; said Marlins Manager Jay Bergman.  &ldquo;He also made solid improvements with the bat this fall.&rdquo;</p>
<p>Mueller is an imposing presence from the left side of the mound.  At 6-6 and 215 pounds, and considered extremely athletic for his size, Mueller&rsquo;s opponents will have their work cut out this summer.  He is expected to see time out of the bullpen in the spring for the Owls.  Among their crop of talented freshman, Mueller is a member of Rice University&rsquo;s 9th ranked recruiting class according to Baseball America.  From Bellville, TX, Mueller was also a standout first baseman in high school and was the starting quarterback for the football team as well.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Mueller is a big-bodied left-handed freshman who will see solid innings with the Owls and continue to improve,&rdquo; commented Bergman.</p>
<p>Rice University, a Conference USA team, was awarded a regional appearance for their on-field success last season.  The Owls finished the 2010 spring season strong with a record of 40-23.     In their annual preseason team rankings, Baseball America tabbed the Owls 18th in the nation heading into this spring.<br />
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