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Rock Cats Have Several Roster Transactions

June 16, 2008 - Eastern League (EL) - New Britain Rock Cats News Release

New Britain, CT - The New Britain Rock Cats announced six roster transactions this morning, moves involving four Pitchers and two Infielders. The transactions will bring four new players to New Britain while simultaneously reassigning two current Rock Cats to Fort Myers in the Florida State League. The specific players on the move are:

RHP Jay Rainville, a 22-year-old native of Providence, RI, has been reassigned to Ft. Myers in the Florida State League. The Minnesota Twins' 2nd Round selection out of Rhode Island's Bishop Hendricken High in the 2004 Draft, the 6'2"/235-pound Rainville made 13 starts for the 2008 Rock Cats. He departs for Florida with a 5-6 record and 7.00 ERA.

RHP Oswaldo Sosa, a 22-year-old native of Tovar, Venezuela, has also been reassigned to Ft. Myers in the Single-A, Florida State League. A member of the Twins' 40-Man Major League Roster, Sosa was signed by Minnesota as a non-drafted free agent in July of 2002. The 6'4"/225-pound Sosa made 13 starts for the 2008 Rock Cats, compiling a 2-5 record and 5.81 ERA.

Joining New Britain:

RHP Robert Delaney, a 23-year-old resident of River Vale, NJ, joins the Rock Cats from Ft. Myers in the FSL. Signed in June of 2006 as a non-drafted free agent out of St. John's University, the 6'3"/233-pound Delaney was one of the top Closers over the first half of the 2008 Florida State League. In 23 Ft. Myers appearances, Delaney amassed 13 Saves - tied for 2nd in the League - to go along with a 1-2 record and 1.42 ERA. His K/BB ratio was an impressive 34/4.

INF Brian Dinkelman, a 24-year-old resident of Irvington, IL, also joins New Britain today from the Fort Myers Miracle in Florida State League. An 8th Round pick of the Twins out of McKendree College (IL) in 2006, the 5'11"/198-pound Dinkelman has been a productive contributor for the first place Miracle. He batted .293 in 63 games for Ft. Myers while tying for the League lead in Runs Scored (44), and standing third in On Base Percentage (.399).

RHP Jeff Manship, a 23-year-old resident of Boerne, TX, joins the Rock Cats today from Ft. Myers in the FSL. A 14th Round pick out of Notre Dame in 2006, the 6'2"/202-pound Manship has been a significant part of the Miracle's first-half finish. At the time of his promotion, Manship was tied for the League lead in Wins (7) and was 2nd in Total Innings Pitched (78.2). The former Fighting Irish hurler departed Florida with a 2.86 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 63/20.

INF Danny Valencia, a 23-year-old resident of Boca Raton, FL, will join the Rock Cats today from Ft. Myers in the Florida State League. The 6'2"/ 208-pound 3B was a major offensive contributor to the 2008 Miracle's first place finish. A 19th round pick of Minnesota's out of the University of Miami in the 2006 Draft, Valencia was the top hitter in the Florida State League with 74 Hits and a .336 Batting Average. In addition, Valencia was 2nd in RBI (44), On Base Percentage (.402), and Slugging Percentage (.518) at the time of his promotion.

All moves are effective immediately; the four new Rock Cats will be in New Britain uniforms when the team resumes Eastern League play tomorrow night in Portland, ME.

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