Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney understands better than most the importance of having a deep bullpen.
To that end, the Fish manager announced Tuesday the signing of two rookie pitchers, Gabe Aguilar and Taylor Sewitt, to contracts for the 2014 season.
The 23-year-old Aguilar arrived in Winnipeg midway through last season after finishing his collegiate career at the University of New Mexico. The left-hander went 1-0 with a 5.05 ERA in 24 appearances out of the bullpen and logged 41 innings of work.
"He came in last year and gave us what he needed," Forney said in a press release. "We were desperately searching for someone that could throw multiple innings out of the bullpen. He was very durable, reliable and a hard worker. Next season I am looking for him to come in and play a more important role. Hopefully he can be a lefty specialist."
Sewitt, also 23, was claimed off waivers from the Gary SouthShore RailCats during the final week of the season. He didn’t allow a run in four relief appearances and had four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings of work. In 40 outings with the Goldeyes and RailCats in 2013, he went 4-1 with a 4.71 ERA.
"I really think he did a good job as a true rookie in our league last year," Forney said. "He was super for us when we got him down the stretch. If you take away his last two outings with Gary, Taylor had a sub-three ERA through more than 50 innings, which is pretty impressive for any pitcher in our league."
The Goldeyes now have nine players signed for the 2014 season, including five pitchers and four position players.