Ducks Sign Former Big League Pitcher Royce Ring

2006 Topps '52 Royce Ring -
The Long Island Ducks have signed former major league pitcher Royce Ring.

Ring pitched in 99 games during his major league career for the New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. He posted a 3-3 record with a 5.29 ERA in 68 innings pitched during his time in the big leagues.

Ring was a pretty highly touted prospect out of San Diego State University and was being groomed to be future closer of the Chicago White Sox. He never got his chance with the Sox and was eventually traded to the Mets on July 1, 2003 as part of package that sent Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar to the White Sox. 

After a rough start to his major league career in 2005, he was lights out in 2006 for the Mets when he posted a 2.12 ERA in 12.2 innings. However, his performance couldn't keep him on the roster and he was eventually demoted.

Over the next eight years he pitched for a few different organizations, including a few more stops in the major leagues with the Padres and Braves, but was never able to stick on a major league roster.

Last season he split time between Tulsa (AA),  and Colorado Springs (AAA) in the Colorado Rockies organization.

Ring will add more depth to the Ducks bullpen which is juggling pitchers between starting and relieving. It's a solid addition to a team looking to make a move int he standings. 

Also, Eric Niesen was placed on the inactive list for the Ducks. 

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