The Winnipeg Goldeyes have bolstered their bullpen with the signing of three players.
Manager Rick Forney announced today the additions of Kaohi Downing, who played for the club last year, and rookie left-handers Aaron Correa and Reggie Hochstedler.
The 26-year-old Downing made 37 appearances out of the bullpen last season, posting a 4-2 record with a 4.50 ERA while picking up two saves. Downing will retain his rookie status for 2013.
"He’s going to pitch in the bullpen and he’s going to pitch some important innings late in the ball game," Forney said in a press release. "Last year was a bit of a learning process for him and he returned to the mound after being a position player the year before in the (San Francisco) Giants system. It took him a little while to adjust. He has tremendous upside."
Correa, 26, made his pro debut with the Sioux City Explorers last summer and has agreed to terms after being claimed off waivers by the Goldeyes following the season. He was 2-4 with an 8.61 ERA in 14 games and 38.2 innings in 2012 with Sioux City.
Hochstedler, 22, completed his collegiate career with the Indiana State Sycamores last summer and was 4-2 with a 3.56 ERA in 26 games to help his school claim the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title and qualify for a regional in the NCAA Division I baseball tournament.
"I like to have rookie left-handed relievers," Forney said. "It’s generally an easy way to maximize a rookie roster spot and keep them involved on a nightly basis. With a left-handed reliever, depending on what their skill level is and what they are ready for, you can protect them a bit easier and get them involved in three, four or five games a week sometimes. If you can keep them active that way, the results will be for the better."
The Goldeyes now have six players signed for the 2013 season, including four pitchers and two position players.