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Fish add righty De La Cruz

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It's one of the oldest preachings in baseball and Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney understands it as well as anyone: A skipper can never have enough pitching at his disposal.

Forney added a powerful hurler to his stable on Tuesday with the signing of rookie right-hander Alex De La Cruz.

The 22-year-old Puerto Rican has spent the last two seasons in the Texas Rangers organization after initially being signed as a free agent and went 2-0 with a 0.46 ERA in 10 bullpen appearances for Class A Short Season Spokane of the Northwest League last summer. De La Cruz also picked up a save and had a juicy 5.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio as he fanned 20 batters and walked only four in 19 2/3 innings of work.

"He's a young power arm," Forney said in a release. "His velocity is anywhere from 91-93 miles per hour and has occasionally been seen up to 95 miles per hour. With that velocity and a good breaking ball, he has the ability to have some big-time success in our league."

In his first season of pro baseball, De La Cruz was the closer for the Rangers' Dominican League squad, making 18 appearances while going 4-2 with a 1.93 ERA and posting nine saves.

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Dauphin Kings goaltender Michael Stiliadis has been stoning opposition shooters for a long spell and, as a result, has been named the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's player of he week for the week ending March 16.

Stiliadis, a 19-year-old product of Woodbridge, Ont., posted three victories last week -- all shutouts -- as the Kings swept the OCN Blizzard in their best-of-seven Sher-Wood Division semifinal.

The runners-up are 19-year-old forward Jonah Wasylak of the Steinbach Pistons and 20-year-old forward Dylan Favell of the Swan Valley Stampeders.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 19, 2014 D4

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