The Winnipeg Goldeyes are bolstering their pitching staff as they prepare for training camp, adding two new pitchers to battle for a spot in the starting rotation.
On Wednesday, the Fish announced they had signed Ethan Hollingsworth, 26, and 25-year-old Nick Hernandez for the upcoming season.
Fish manager Rick Forney is looking to Hollingsworth to be a potential top starter. The Illinois product was a fourth-round Colorado Rockies draft pick back in 2008, and went on to play at the AA and AAA levels in affiliated ball.
Last year, in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, Hollingsworth went 6-5 in 24 appearances in the AA Eastern League, with a 3.55 ERA. "We really feel he’s the kind of guy that can come in and carry our pitching staff," Forney said in a statement.
Hernandez, the other new pitcher in the fold, made 18 starts at the A level in the Philadelphia Phillies system last season, going 3-5 with a 5.28 ERA. After missing two seasons with a shoulder injury, it was the left-handed hurler’s first campaign back on the field.
The Fish now have 26 players signed up for when training camp starts on May 3, including 14 pitchers.