Today, the Long Island Ducks have announced that they have signed former major league pitcher Sandy Baez for the upcoming independent Atlantic League season.
He will provide a shot in the arm for the team’s pitching staff from a guy who has made it to baseball’s top rank.
“Sandy adds experience from the game’s highest level to our pitching staff,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said in a press release. “His goal is to return to the Major Leagues, and we are excited to try and help him accomplish that.”
Baez spent parts of the 2018 and 2019 campaigns in MLB with the Detroit Tigers. He combined to make 10 relief appearances in “The Show,” striking out 10 batters over 15.1 innings of work.
Baez, 28, logged time at three minor league stops in the Tigers organization during the 2019 season. He combined to make 22 appearances, striking out 22 batters over 27.1 frames. The versatile righty also has experience as a starter, putting up a 3.86 ERA in 17 starts with High-A Lakeland in 2017 and an 8-1 record with a 2.05 ERA in 14 games (10 starts) with the Tigers Dominican Summer League team in 2013.
Overall, he has posted a 4.19 ERA, two saves and 493 strikeouts across 569.1 innings in 145 contests (100 starts) during his minor league career. The Tigers originally signed Baez as an amateur free agent in 2011.
— Jerry Del Priore
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