The Long Island Ducks of the independent Athletic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today announced that they have re-signed right-hander Scott Harkin for the upcoming 2022 campaign.
In Harking, Long Island gets a proven arm who has shown he can win during the regular season and under pressure in the playoffs as well.
“Scott performed very well for us in both the regular season and playoffs last year,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said in a press release. “We are excited to have him rejoin our pitching staff.”
Harkin enjoyed a particular good season with Long Island, starting the year going 3-0 before the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League purchased his contract.
He returned in September to make seven more regular season starts. Overall, the California native went 5-0 with a 3.42 ERA, 33 strikeouts and 14 walks in 10 starts with the Ducks.
Harkin then started twice in the postseason, posting a 2.08 ERA and 12 punchouts over 13 innings. His best performance came in Game Two of the North Division Championship Series at Southern Maryland when he tossed seven frames of four-hit shutout baseball to earn the win and keep Long Island’s season alive.
“I am pumped to be back with the Ducks and to play for Wally and Rick, for my teammates and for the fans of Long Island,” Harkin said. “I have most enjoyed playing for Wally. He has made baseball fun for me again, and the Ducks organization has made it feel like family. I hope to continue to get better and contribute to the team in any way possible.”
— Jerry Del Priore
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