Today, the Long Island Ducks of Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) have re-signed outfielder Dustin Woodcock for the upcoming 2023 season, the team announced via Twitter.
Woodcock begins his second season with the Ducks and fourth in professional baseball.
“I can’t wait to get back and get rolling,” Woodcock said on LIDucks.com. “Walking into a clubhouse on day one is something I look forward to every season, so it will feel like Christmas. This year, my goal is to compete for a championship. Long Island has a history of winning, and I want to be a part of it in 2023.”
Woodcock enjoyed a terrific 2022 campaign, blasting a career-high 16 home runs, as well as driving in 52 runs, smacking 82 hits, drawing 50 walks, swiping 17 bases with an on-base percentage of .351 in 106 games.
The 26-year-old sparkled defensively, manning all three outfield positions while committing just one error, good for an impressive .996 fielding percentage.
Prior to joining the Flock, the lefty spent two seasons with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League. Woodcock combined to play in 148 contests, hitting .238 with 26 homers, 76 RBI, 90 runs, 119 hits, 28 doubles, 10 stolen bases and a .325 on-base percentage.
“My favorite part about every season is learning and getting to know the guys around me,” Woodcock said. “There is a ton of information to gather about baseball and life in the clubhouse every season. The relationships made with the staff around the stadium and guys in the clubhouse is always my favorite part.”
The Ducks open up the season on Friday, April 28th, on the road against the High Point Rockers.
— Jerry Del Priore
Photo: Long Island Ducks.