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RailCats Sign Veteran Outfielder Colton, Trade for Pitcher Lindquist

November 12, 2012 - American Association (AA) Gary SouthShore Railcats

GARY, Ind. - RailCats manager Greg Tagert has signed veteran outfielder Chris Colton and announced the trade of left-handed pitcher Jon Gulbransen to the Rockford RiverHawks in exchange for right-handed pitcher Kyle Lindquist.

Colton, 30, has played for nine seasons and is a career .257/.340/.415 hitter. He last played in 2010, splitting time between Joliet in the Northern League and Wichita in the American Association. Colton hit .272 with nine home runs and 41 RBI that season.

Colton was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 15th round of the 2001 draft and spent six seasons in their organization, reaching High-A.

Lindquist appeared in 11 games and made two starts as a rookie for Rockford in the Frontier League in 2012 and was 0-1 with a 5.46 ERA. In 28 innings, Lindquist struck out 20 and walked five batters.

Lindquist, 22, pitched collegiately at Division III Marietta College, where he won back-to-back national championships in 2011-12. He was named a first-team All-American and first-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference in 2012, when he was 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA and seven saves. Lindquist set a school record with 28 career saves at Marietta.

Gulbransen was 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 10 starts for the RailCats. He struck out 39 hitters in 51 2/3 innings.

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