By Randy Palmer
December 2nd, 2022
Doane University junior coming off all-star showing in first Western Canadian Baseball League season
The Moose Jaw Miller Express are still six months away from returning to the field in the Western Canadian Baseball League, but they already have a key piece of their pitching staff set to make their return to the team in 2023.
All-Star pitcher Kellan Voggesser is the first player signing announcement by the Miller Express for the upcoming campaign, with the Doane University standout aiming to build on his rookie season this past summer.
Voggesser put together an outstanding campaign for Moose Jaw, right from the first outing of the season, too. The Fort Collins, Col. product had quality starts — three runs or less over six inning pitched — in four of his first five starts. All told, Voggesser would have nine such outings in 13 of his starts on the season, and would finish with a 3.90 earned run average and 1.39 walks and hits per inning pitched.
As well as his regular season went, Voggesser saved some of his best work for the Miller Express playoff run.
That included allowing two runs on six hits while striking out 10 in a Game 1 win over Swift Current in the East Division semifinal before coming through with his most important win of the season in his next outing. Voggesser held the Medicine Hat Mavericks to two unearned runs on six hits over six innings in Game 2 of the East Final, pacing the Express to a 7-2 victory and sending the series back to Moose Jaw.
Voggesser also stepped up on short rest to toss 1 ? innings of relief in Moose Jaw’s heartstopping 3-1 win over the Okotoks Dawgs in Game 2 of the WCBL final.
Voggesser and the Doane University Tigers — who also include Express all-star Nate Mensik as well as key offensive producers Luke LaChance and Joe Osborn in their line-up — have yet to release their full schedule, with the NAIA Great Plains Athletic Conference season traditionally beginning in February.