The Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) continue to build their roster for the 2021 season, as today they announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Mike Bolsinger, who sports four years of MLB service time. He will begin his first season with the Ducks and 11th in professional baseball.
Ducks’ brass is excited to see Bolsinger bring his pitching talents to Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
“Mike has found success at every level throughout his professional career,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said in a press release. “We look forward to welcoming him to Long Island and having his experience on our pitching staff.”
After not playing last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bolsinger said he is looking forward to playing on Long Island–a new area to him–while hitting the diamond again.
“I’m excited to be part of this organization and to being back on a ballfield again,” Bolsinger said. “I’ve never been to this part of New York before, so I’m looking forward to this experience. I just want to get out there and compete and see if I can make things happen.”
The 33-year-old most recently spent two campaigns (2018-19) in Japan pitching with the Chiba Lotte Marines. He made 44 appearances in the land of the rising sun, posting an 18-8 record with a 3.87 ERA, two complete games, one shutout, and 177 strikeouts over 232.2 innings.
Bolsinger has toed the rubber with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2014), Los Angeles Dodgers, (2015-16) and Toronto Blue Jays (2017) in his four-year MLB stint. He has combined to make 48 appearances (41 starts), amassing 230.2 innings of work while striking out 210 batters.
In 2015 with the Dodgers, the Chicago native compiled a 6-6 record with a 3.62 ERA and 98 strikeouts over 21 starts. On May 23rd of that year, he combined with closer Kenley Jansen to face the minimum 27 batters in a 2-0 win over the San Diego Padres, retiring 23 consecutive hitters after allowing a leadoff single.
The University of Arkansas alum has totaled 149 tilts (95 starts) of experience in his minor league career. He owns a 43-31 mark with a 3.36 ERA, two complete games, one save, and 590 whiffs to 212 walks over 613.1 innings.
The Diamondbacks selected Bolsinger in the 15th round of the 2010 amateur draft.
— Jerry Del Priore
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