WINNIPEG Goldeyes manager Rick Forney knows a thing or two about pitching. And one of the key components to any championship side is having a few good arms in the bullpen.
The Goldeyes announced Friday they have bolstered their bullpen with the addition of three players: 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.
"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," said Forney. "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 was claimed off waivers by the Goldeyes after the season. He was 2-4 with an 8.61 ERA in 14 games and 38.2 innings 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.
The Goldeyes now have six players signed for the 2013 season, including four pitchers and two position players.