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De Caster, Pitkin out; Forney adds veteran duo
TWO members of the Winnipeg Goldeyes are on their way out, while two new players are on their way in.
On Wednesday, the Fish announced that infielder Yurendell de Caster had opted to play in the Mexican League this season, while left-handed pitcher Colton Pitkin chose to retire from professional baseball.
But two new players are coming to replace them. The club announced it had signed veteran 25-year-old infielder Nate Samson and left-handed pitcher Brendan Lafferty, who will join the Goldeyes when training camp opens on May 4.
Samson played seven years in the Chicago Cubs organization, including stints at the triple-A level with Iowa in 2008 and 2012. Last season, he hit .271 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 75 double-A games with Tennessee, and batted .280 with three RBI in 19 games with Iowa.
Goldeyes manager Rick Forney called Samson the club's new "everyday shortstop," highlighting the experience he will bring to the club.
Lafferty, 26, played double-A ball last season in the Kansas City Royals organization, racking up 71 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings. He was drafted by the Royals in the 18th round of the 2009 MLB amateur draft and played four seasons in their system.
The Fish now have 26 players signed for 2013, including 14 pitchers and 12 position players.
Dickin joins Bisons
THE University of Manitoba Bisons have secured the commitment of Manitoba Junior Hockey League alum Taylor Dickin for the 2013-14 season.
The Winnipeg-raised Dickin, 24, redshirted with the team last year, after two seasons with the University of North Dakota. Before beginning his college career, the forward played three seasons with the Selkirk Steelers, averaging a point-per-game in total for all three years, and was named the MJHL's most valuable player in 2009-10, when he put up 92 points in 62 regular-season games.
The 6-2, 195-pound River East Collegiate grad was also invited to the Toronto Maple Leafs development camp in 2010 as an undrafted prospect.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 18, 2013 D6
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