The Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) have re-signed right-handed pitcher and Brooklyn native Anderson DeLeon for his third season with the Ducks while catcher and Floral Park native Mitch Calandra also joins the Ducks.
“We are excited to add two New York natives to our roster,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said in a press release. “Anderson has done a solid job for us in several different roles over the past two seasons, and Mitch is eager to play for his hometown team.”
The 25-year-old made 32 appearances (17 starts) in 2021 with Long Island. He led the Atlantic League in strikeouts per nine innings (8.68), while his 109 strikeouts led all Ducks pitchers and ranked second in the Atlantic League behind only Lexington’s Henry Owens (113). DeLeon also tossed a pair of complete games, both against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, in a span of six starts.
The Cincinatti Reds selected DeLeon in the 24th round of the 2017 MLB amateur draft.
Calandra spent the first two seasons of his career (2019, 2021) in the Atlanta Braves organization, reaching as high as Double-A Mississippi. He combined to play in 38 tilts, posting a .260 batting average with eight RBI, 19 runs, 34 hits, five doubles, one triple and four walks. The 25-year-old combined to play 10 contests at three different levels in 2021. He amassed one RBI, four runs and five hits in 24 at bats.
Calandria enjoyed a stellar career at Floral Park High School on Long Island. He was selected All-County three times, voted the conference player of the year twice, named to Newsday‘s All-Long Island team twice, and designated as first-team Class A for New York State. He was also the winner of the Ryan Caufield Award, given to Nassau County’s best catcher, and the Don Lang Diamond Award, bestowed to the best overall baseball player in Nassau.
The Atlanta Braves picked Calandria in the 30th round of the 2019 MLB Amateur Draft.
— Jerry Del Priore
Photo: Long Island Ducks.