Goldeyes Acquire Former First-Rounder Herron
WINNIPEG, MB - The Winnipeg Goldeyes announced several transactions on Thursday, including the addition of right-handed pitcher Tyler Herron.
Herron was claimed off waivers from the Lincoln Saltdogs on Wednesday and has been placed on the Goldeyes' active roster.
Herron was 4-5 with a 7.33 ERA for the Saltdogs this season in 10 starts and two relief appearances. The West Palm Beach, Florida native currently ranks tied for fourth in the American Association in strikeouts (61) and fifth in innings pitched (66.1).
Last year, Herron was 9-3 in 15 starts for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, and finished fifth in the American Association with a 2.92 ERA. At the start of the season, Herron's 3.23 ERA during his first four years in the American Association ranked second in league history among pitchers with at least 400.0 innings of work.
Herron was a supplemental first round pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005. The 31-year-old right-hander was selected 46th overall as compensation for the Cardinals losing catcher, and current field manager, Mike Matheny to free agency.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Herron is in his 13th season of professional baseball, and is 78-69 lifetime with 17 saves and a 4.07 ERA in 311 appearances, 185 of them as a starting pitcher. Herron has reached the Double-A level five times in his career, and has reached Triple-A on two occasions. Herron has logged at least 119.2 innings in each of the last three seasons.
The Goldeyes activated veteran right-handed pitcher JC Sulbaran from the Disabled List. Sulbaran is 0-1 in one start for Winnipeg and will take the mound in tonight's series finale versus Sioux Falls.
Left-handed pitcher Shane Dawson and third baseman Tommy Mendonca have cleared waivers and are now free agents.
Outfielder Dave Sappelt has been placed on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of granting his release.
The Goldeyes' active roster currently stands at 22 players.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes conclude a four-game series tonight against the Sioux Falls Canaries at Shaw Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Prior to the game, the Goldeyes will retire the number "22" in honour of former manager Hal Lanier. Lanier led the club for 10 seasons from 1996-2005. Tickets for all Goldeyes' home games are on sale now by visiting www.ticketmaster.ca/Goldeyes, or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.
For information regarding Winnipeg Goldeyes' season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings, call the Goldeyes' office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes' official website at www.goldeyes.com.
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