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Fish sign Hollingsworth, tout him for role of ace

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The Winnipeg Goldeyes bolstered their pitching staff on Wednesday, adding two new pitchers to battle for a spot at the upcoming training camp next month.

The Fish announced they had signed Ethan Hollingsworth, 26, and 25-year-old Nick Hernandez for the upcoming season.

Fish manager Rick Forney is looking to Hollingsworth to be a potential No. 1 starter.

The Illinois product was a fourth-round Colorado Rockies draft pick back in 2008, and went on to play at the double-A and triple-A levels in affiliated ball. Last year, in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, Hollingsworth went 6-5 in 24 appearances in the double-A Eastern League, with a 3.55 ERA.

"We really feel he's the kind of guy that can come in and carry our pitching staff," Forney said in a statement.

Hernandez, the other new pitcher in the fold, made 18 starts at the A level in the Philadelphia Phillies system last season, going 3-5 with a 5.28 ERA.

After missing two seasons with a shoulder injury, it was the left-handed hurler's first campaign back on the field.

The Fish now have 26 players signed up for when training camp starts on May 3, including 14 pitchers.

 

Blue Bombers sign DBs Unamba, Benning

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers bolstered their roster on Wednesday, adding import defensive backs Don Unamba and Phillip Benning.

Unamba, a 6-1 Southern Arkansas alumnus, set a school record in 2012 with 17 pass break-ups, as well as 47 tackles and three interceptions in 11 starts.

That summer, he had a tryout with the St. Louis Rams and the Buffalo Bills, but was released.

Benning, meanwhile, put up 32 tackles for Texas State in 2012.

 

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 3, 2014 D5

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