The Long Island Ducks are not wasting anytime building their 2021 roster, as yesterday they announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Joe Iorio, a West Islip native and the team’s third player to come to terms thus far.
Iorio, a member of the 2019 Atlantic League champion squad, returns for his second season with the Ducks and sixth in professional baseball.
Iorio made 32 appearances, including 19 starts, during the 2019 regular season. The 28-year-old amassed a 6-3 mark with a 3.09 ERA and 92 strikeouts to 32 walks across 128.1 innings of work. After surrendering just one run in 10 relief appearances to begin the year, he moved into the starting rotation and went 4-3 with a 3.20 ERA and 75 whiffs over 104 innings.
“Joe’s versatility was an important factor in our success during the 2019 season,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said in a press release. “He excelled as both a starter and a reliever, and we are excited to have him back on our pitching staff.”
Iorio also proved effective in postseason play, pitching in five games, including three scoreless innings in Game Four of the Atlantic League Championship Series with the Ducks facing elimination.
Prior to joining Long Island, Iorio spent four seasons in the Frontier League with Washington (2015), Southern Illinois (2015-16) and River City (2017-18). He made 86 appearances in that time, going 6-2 with a 3.95 ERA, three saves and 108 punchouts over 95.2 frames.
Additionally, the Frontier League named him to the 2018 All-Star team and he ranked second in the league in appearances that year (45), posting a 5-1 record with a 1.46 ERA.
Iorio played collegiate baseball at Barry University (Fla.) and the University of North Florida.
— Jerry Del Priore
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