With Atlantic League teams permitted to sign players on on Monday, the Long Island Ducks today announced the signing of free agent catcher Sal Giardina, their first of the offseason.
Giardin will begin his first season with the Ducks and seventh in professional baseball.
After a year away from baseball due to COVID-19, Giardin is chopping at the bit to showcase his diamond skills before the Giardin clan.
“I’m super excited to get up to Long Island and be a part of the Ducks,” Giardina said on LIDucks.com. “After not being able to play in 2020, I am just ready to get back out on the field and enjoy the game of baseball again. I’m looking forward to being part of such a great organization and getting to play in front of all my family on Long Island.”
Giardin, 28, played six seasons of minor league baseball in the Braves organization, reaching as high as Triple-A Gwinnett from 2017-19. He appeared in 25 games during the 2019 season, compiling a .260 batting average and a .353 on-base percentage.
Giardin, a Lynn University (FL) baseball alum and the 2014 Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year, was selected by Atlanta in the 31st round of the 2014 MLB Draft.
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