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April 29, 2013 - American Association (AA) Wichita Wingnuts

WICHITA, KS- The Wichita Wingnuts signed pitcher Joe Testa on Monday.

Testa struck out 37 batters in 42.2 innings pitched last season while splitting time with the Washington Nationals' High-A (Potomac) and Double-A (Harrisburg) affiliates. In 2011, the left-hander posted a 1.42 ERA for Potomac with 34 strikeouts and just 26 hits allowed over 38.0 innings. Testa has struck out 91 of the 305 (30 percent) left-handed hitters he has faced during his professional career, while holding them to a .174 batting average.

"Joe is going to give us another great, left-handed option down there in the pen," said Wingnuts' manager Kevin Hooper. "He has a lot of experience and very good career numbers. He will add more depth to a solid bullpen that we have already put together. He was a starter in college and gives us an option on that side if we were to ever get into a jam."

Testa is entering his sixth year of professional baseball with an 18-11 career record, 12 saves, and a 3.36 ERA. The Belleville, NJ native has struck out 286 batters in 265.0 lifetime innings (9.7 strikeouts per nine innings), and has finished with an ERA of 3.18 or better in four of his first five seasons. The 27-year-old Testa has also helped his team reach the postseason four times, and was a member of the Potomac Nationals' Carolina League championship squad in 2010. Testa has a 2.16 ERA over seven career playoff appearances. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Testa was originally signed by the Minnesota Twins as a non-drafted free agent in 2008. Testa played four seasons at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY where he departed as the school's all-time leader in wins and strikeouts.

The Wingnuts' roster now stands at 28 players officially under contract for the 2013 season. American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins Saturday, May 4th.

2013 Wingnuts Signings

OF David Amberson

C Cole Armstrong

RHP Daniel Bennett

IF Blake Bergeron

C Kieran Bradford

RHP Mike Burns

LHP Anthony Capra

RHP Josh Dew

RHP Junior Guerra

RHP Lincoln Holdzkom

2B Jake Kahaulelio

RHP Nathan Kilcrease

SS Ryan Khoury

LHP Kristhiam Linares

RHP Jon Link

IF/OF Jared McDonald

3B Abel Nieves

OF Derek Perren

DH John Rodriguez

LHP Daniel Schmidt

RHP Bryce Shafer

RHP Chris Smith

LHP Joe Testa

RHP Kyle Wahl

LHP Nick Walters

RHP Tyler White

C Stephen Yoo

1B C.J. Ziegler

The 2013 season of Wichita Wingnuts baseball begins Thursday, May 16th against the Kansas City T-Bones at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Prior to the game, a ceremony celebrating the life of bench coach Brian Rose will take place.

Beginning this season, fans can use cash at all points of sale in Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Debit and credit cards will still be accepted. Fans can resolve outstanding balances on cash cards from previous years until June 1st, 2013.

For season tickets, group outings, or party packages, call the Wingnuts' main office at (316) 264-NUTS, or visit the Wingnuts' official website at www.wichitawingnuts.com.

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