Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney saw enough from 24-year-old rookie pro Dan Martony on Monday to sign the right-handed pitcher to a contract.
That and a couple of other juggles on Tuesday give the Goldeyes their 22-man roster for Friday's opening to their 20th season. The team will be on the road for the game in Grand Prairie, Texas.
"He (Martony) is going to fill a bullpen role and an important rookie classification spot for us," Forney said from the Kansas City area, where he watched the new pitcher throw while the team was in practice mode on Monday.
The Goldeyes were scheduled for more exhibition action in K.C. on Tuesday night, and in Wichita late this morning, as they trek to Texas for the first weekend of the American Association schedule.
"I only brought four rookies into camp and one of the left-handers we brought in was a little bit overmatched for this league and I probably made a mistake only bringing in 26 guys instead of 28 to produce a little more competition for that rookie spot," Forney added. "We're a little bit of a work in progress right now. We'll see how this young kid does."
Martony is a native of Goleta, Calif., who played three years of NCAA baseball with Division 1 Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, posting a 9-1 record.
Martony reached the NCAA national tournament three times and in his final two seasons, posted an 8-0 record with 43 strikeouts to just 12 walks.
"There's a little bit of deception in his delivery," Forney said of Martony's side-arm style. "I don't like to have everybody with the same look coming out of my bullpen.
"We'll see what he can do. Right now the expectations are obviously going to be low with him being our 12th man on the pitching staff right now. We just need somebody who can throw the ball over the plate if we're up by a lot or down by a lot.
"It'll be up to him to hold the job."
Martony had signed early in the spring in the Frontier league but didn't stick.
Also Tuesday, the Goldeyes released left-handed pitcher Edgar Osuna and placed right-hander Justin Garcia and left-hander Pete Gehle on the inactive list. Garcia and Gehle will be activated for scheduled starts during the first week of the regular season, the team said.
The team, at this point, will return only six players from its championship squad of 2012.
"We'll have a little different look to us that what we had for some prior seasons," the manager said with the countdown on until opening day. "I like the freshness. We want to bring as much new product to the league as we can.
"I'm always enthusiastic. This is what we live to do."