With just over a month before the Winnipeg Goldeyes training camp opens, the Fish roster filled out on Tuesday with the addition of a pair of pitchers.
Goldeyes manager Rick Forney picked up right-handed pitcher Kyle Bellamy for the bullpen, and southpaw Kyle Anderson to round out the starting rotation.
Anderson, 23, signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent after wrapping his college career, and played two seasons in their system. Last year, playing in the Northwest League, he went 5-3 with a 2.71 ERA in 15 starts. "He competes well in the strike zone, has tremendous command, great mechanics and he's a really reliable guy," Forney said. "He's exactly what I was looking for in the back of my rotation."
The Fish also signed Bellamy, a 26-year-old reliever whose professional career has been marred by injuries. He missed 2011 to a shoulder injury, and 2013 to recover from Tommy John surgery. But he was a former 2009 draft pick of the Chicago White Sox, and had some success out of the bullpen with their affiliated A and AA teams.
"We're going to give him the opportunity to pitch the ninth inning for us," Forney said. "We're excited to have him. He's a sidearm pitcher with a lot of deception in his delivery. We think he can be the perfect fit for us at the back of the bullpen."
With those additions, the Fish now have 23 players signed for the 2014 season, including 12 pitchers.
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After skipping his University of Manitoba team to a thrilling extra-end win over Alberta to claim the CIS championship, rising Manitoban curler Matt Dunstone was honoured on Tuesday as the Canada West male third star of the week.
This is the first year of CIS play for Dunstone, the 2013 Canadian junior men's champion. He led his rink, which includes third Jim Coleman, second Daniel Grant, lead Chris Gallant and fifth Jordan Smith, to a 6-1 record in the CIS national round robin in Regina. In the gold-medal game, Dunstone orchestrated a steal of two points in the extra end against Alberta's Brendan Bottcher to claim the gold medal.
The team will represent Canada at the Winter Universiade in 2015.
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While the Virden Oil Capitals dig in for a tough Sher-Wood Division final series against the Dauphin Kings, Oil Caps foward Artsiom Kalashnikov was honoured as the league's player of the week. The 20-year-old Coquitlam, B.C., product put up three goals and three assists in three playoff games for the Oil Caps last week.
Runners-up for the player of the week honours are Winnipeg Blues netminder Byron Spriggs, 20, and Oil Caps blue-liner Bradley Reichardt, 18.