'Fish Finalize Opening Day Roster
(Bridgeport, Conn. - April 18, 2013) - The Bridgeport Bluefish today announced the signings of outfielder Collin DeLome, pitchers Kanekoa Texeira, Travis Minix, Keith Bilodeau and Matt Sommo, along with infielder Daniel Barbero.
"We're looking forward to the start of the 2013 season," says Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw. "We have a great group of players and these additions will definitely enhance our ballclub."
DeLome joins the Bluefish for his second season in the Atlantic League and seventh of professional baseball. The 27-year-old began the 2012 campaign with the Houston Astros before making his Atlantic League debut with the Bluefish. With Bridgeport, he played in 26 games, hitting .368 with 14-extra base hits and 22 RBI. Those numbers were good enough for the Atlanta Braves to purchase his contract at the end of May. The Texas-native was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the fifth round of the 2007 amateur draft and spent his entire career with the organization before coming to Bridgeport. His best season in the minors came in 2009 with Double-A Corpus Christi of the Texas League. Over the course of 467 at-bats, Collin recorded a .255 batting average with 20 home runs, 61 RBI, and 79 runs scored. In 517 career minor league games, he owns a .257 batting average and has slugged 77 home runs with 286 RBI.
Texeira makes his Park City debut during his eighth season of professional baseball. Last year as a member of Triple-A Louisville of the Cincinnati Reds organization, the former Major Leaguer appeared in 34 games, posting a 2.72 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 56.1 innings of work. The 27-year-old has spent his professional career with the White Sox, Yankees, Mariners, Royals and Reds affiliates, reaching the Majors in 2010 with Seattle and Kansas City, respectively and then again with the Royals the following season. In the big leagues, the right hander owns a 4.66 ERA in 49 games. His best professional season came with Single-A Winston-Salem in 2008, where he went 3-1 with a 0.93 ERA finishing 33 of the 36 games he came into and saving 20 of those. In 215 career minor league games, Kanekoa owns a 21-19 record with a 3.11 ERA and 46 saves.
Minix makes his way to the Park City in his fourth season in the Atlantic League and the 14th of his professional baseball career. He last pitched in 2011 as a member of both Somerset (Atlantic League) and Gary (American Association). In 41 total appearances, the right hander posted a 3.86 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 46.2 innings pitched. The 35-year-old was originally drafted out of Ball State University in the 23rd round of the 1999 amateur draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The reliever has reached as high as Triple-A with the Phillies and the Devil Rays. He has a career 2.74 ERA in Independent baseball over the course of four seasons and 80 games; striking out batters at a 4-to-1 rate (85 K, 21 BB).
Bilodeau will make his Park City debut during his first season in the Atlantic League and third of professional baseball. He last pitched in 2012 as a member of the San Francisco Giants Organization. In 41 appearances between Low-A Salem and Single-A Augusta, the righthander posted a 2-2 record with a 5.45 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 63.1 innings pitched. The 23-year-old was a 24th round draft pick of the Giants out of the University of Maine in 2011. In 49 career minor league games, Keith owns a 3-2 record with a 4.54 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 77.1 innings of work.
Sommo enters the year in his first season with the Bluefish and the Atlantic League in his second year of professional baseball. In 2012 he pitched with three different independent teams. He totaled a 3-7 record and a 6.88 ERA in 20 games (13 starts), saving one and striking out 60 batters. He attended the University of New Haven, in West Haven Connecticut.
Barbero joins the Bluefish for his Atlantic League debut during his fourth season of professional baseball. He last played in 2012, with Sioux Falls and Winnipeg in the American Association. In 92 combined at-bats the infielder hit .207 with three extra base hits and nine RBI. Daniel holds a .281 career batting average over the course of three seasons in professional baseball. His best season came with Brockton in 2011, where in 40 games he hit .300 with five homeruns and 24 RBI.
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.
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