April 5, 2013 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Bridgeport Bluefish
(Bridgeport, Conn. - April 5, 2013) - The Bridgeport Bluefish today announced the signings of pitchers Jeff Fulchino, Arnaldo Munoz and Jordan Roberts, along with infielder Daniel Mayora. They will all be making their Atlantic League debuts.
"These four players are great additions to our team," says Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw. "Jeff, Arnaldo, and Jordan will be key members of our bullpen, while Daniel adds versatility to our infield."
Fulchino makes his Park City debut during his 12th season of professional baseball. The former Major Leaguer last pitched in 2011, starting the year with Triple-A Oklahoma City and posting a 0.56 ERA in 11 games. Those impressive numbers earned him a call-up to the Houston Astros where he appeared in 36 games, recording 31 strikeouts in 33 innings before finishing the season with the San Diego Padres. The 33-year-old was a graduate from the University of Connecticut in Storrs and was drafted in the eighth round in the 2001 draft by the Florida Marlins. He spent five seasons in the minors before making his big league debut with the Marlins in 2006. He reemerged in the Majors in 2008 with the Kansas City Royals and then spent the next three years with the Astros. His best Major League season came with Houston in 2009, when he posted a 6-4 record with a 3.40 ERA and 71 strikeouts over the course of 81 innings of work. Jeff owns a 9-10 record with a 4.84 ERA and 162 punchouts in 163 career big league games.
Munoz joins the Bluefish for his 12th season of professional baseball. The former Major Leaguer spent the last two years pitching in the Dominican Republic and in 2010, was a member of Minatitlan of the Mexican League. In six starts for Minatitlan, he recorded a 2.25 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched. The 30-year-old was originally signed by the Chicago White Sox as an undrafted free agent in 1998. He quickly rose through the minor league ranks, making his big league debut with the White Sox in 2004 at the ripe age of 22, appearing in 11 games. After a couple seasons in the minors, the lefthander returned to The Show in 2007 with the Washington Nationals, pitching in 13 contests. He has struck out 14 batters in 19.2 Major League innings. Arnaldo has appeared in 365 career minor league games, posting a 42-41 record with a 3.88 ERA, 29 saves and 675 punchouts in 677.2 innings of work.
Roberts enters his sixth season in professional baseball after spending the 2012 campaign with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He worked in 38 games mainly out of the bullpen (one start) and finished with an 8-0 record and a 3.67 ERA. The 27-year-old was drafted out of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the 28th round of the 2008 draft by the Dodgers. The lefthander owns an impressive 23-9 record in 130 career minor league games and holds a 3.37 ERA with 201 strikeouts in 267 innings pitched.
Mayora joins the Bluefish for his Atlantic League debut and ninth season of professional baseball. Last year, he was a member of Double-A Richmond (Giants) of the Eastern League and in 137 games, the infielder batted .281 with 30 extra-base hits, 57 RBI and 14 stolen bases. The 27-year-old began his career in 2005 with the Colorado Rockies organization as an undrafted free agent. He spent six seasons with the Rockies affiliates, before joining the Tampa Bay Rays organization in 2011 and reaching the Triple-A level for the first time with Durham. Over the course of 824 minor league games, Mayora owns a .291 batting average with 204 doubles, 50 home runs, 425 runs scored, 366 RBI and 92 stolen bases.
The Bridgeport Bluefish Professional Baseball Club, a charter team in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, plays its home games at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, located off Exit 27 of I-95 on the corner of Broad Street and South Frontage Road in Bridgeport. 2013 season tickets, ticket plans, group outings, and single game tickets are available by calling 203-345-4800. Visit the Bluefish online at www.bridgeportbluefish.com.