With an 8-12 record entering Tuesday’s Frontier League game at West Division leader River City, Normal manager Billy Horn felt it was time to “shake things up a little bit.”
Horn signed four players, released two and placed two on the injured list.
“I’m not happy with our record,” Horn said. “I’m hoping some fresh faces will get us going in the right direction.”
Added to the CornBelters roster were utility man Joel Davis, outfielder Tony Holton, infielder Samuel Vega and pitcher Ryan Lawlor.
Infielders Tyler Beckwith and Michael Centeno were released. Utility player Cody Erickson (7-day) and outfielder Nick Cain (14-day) were placed on the injured list.
Davis, who played in the American Association last season, will be tried at third base where Centeno and Beckwith previously played.
Holton will play center field while Cain is sidelined with an oblique strain. Vega is another versatile player who can be used in the infield or outfield.
Lawlor was an eighth-round draft choice of the Atlanta Braves in 2015. The left-hander had a 3-1 record and 4.37 ERA in 2017 for the Braves high Class A team in Rome, Ga. Lawlor struck out 61 in 47 innings.
“He will be in the starting rotation, but not right away. We’ll build him up in long relief,” Horn said. “I don’t think he’ll be here too long. A lot of (major league) organizations are on him already. He’s low 90s (velocity) and throws a lot of strikes.”
Beckwith sported a .222 average with no home runs and five RBIs. Centeno had just two hits in 42 at-bats (.048).