Long Island Ducks Sign Four

This past week the Ducks signed pitchers Josh Lansford, Bill Murphy, Leo Rosales, and outfielder Rian Kiniry for the 2013 season.

Josh Lansford returns for his second season with the Ducks. Last season, he was an major part of the Ducks bullpen posting a 4.84 ERA in 38 innings during their championship run. Prior to joining the Ducks in 2012, Lansford pitched in the Cubs, and A's organizations, posting a 5-9 record with a 3.42 ERA in 142 innings pitched. Lansford was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 6th round (179th overall) of the 2006 MLB Draft.

Bill Murphy will make his independent league debut this season for the Ducks. Murphy played in the major leagues in parts of the 2007, and 2009 seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Toronto Blue Jays. He has a career 4.24 ERA in 17 innings pitched during his major league career. Last season, he posted a 8-5 record with a 4.38 ERA for Toronto's Triple-A affiliate Las Vegas. Murphy was originally drafted by the Oakland A's in the 3rd round (98th overall) of the 2002 MLB Draft.

Leo Rosales returns to the Atlantic League for his season season. Last season Rosales played with the Camden Riversharks, and appeared in one game for he Ducks. Originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 20th round (581st overall) 2003 MLB Draft, Rosales appeared in 76 games in the major leagues for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2008-2010. He has a 5-2 record with a 5.04 ERA in his major league career.

Rian Kiniry was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 39th round (1182nd overall) of the 2006 MLB Draft. In six seasons in the Angels organization he had a .237 batting average, with 9 home runs, and 134 RBI. After being released by the Angels organization last season he played for York and Somerset.

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