Viall Retires While Mets Sign Hrbek from Evansville Otters.

By Jerry Del Priore 

Chris Viall
Chris Viall with the Single-A Columbia Fireflies.

Former Brooklyn Cyclone right-handed pitcher Chris Viall retired from baseball after three and half season in the New York Mets system while the team inked Danny Hrbek to a contract off the independent Frontier League Evansville Otters’ roster on Saturday.

Viall was playing with the Mets’ Single-A Columbia Fireflies of the South Atlantic League (SAL), posting a 0-1 record with 9.55 ERA before calling it quits.

Viall, a sixth-round selection of New York in the 2016 MLB amateur draft, played with Brooklyn in 2017, going 0-3 with a 3.42 ERA across 26.1 innings of work in nine games.

Danny Hrbek
Danny Hrbek with the Lexington Legends of the KC Royals.

Hrbek has joined the Fireflies and the team has activated him. The 24-year-old righty hurler has tossed two innings of relief in one game without surrendering a run. 

Additionally, Hrbek has spent time with the Kansas City Royals organization, amassing a 4-4 mark in two seasons. He reached as high as full season Single-A Lexington in 2018. 


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