Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ducks sign first two players for 2012

The Ducks have started to solidify their bullpen by signing relievers Jeremy Hill (resigned) and Travis Minix for the 2012 season.

Jeremy Hill was a a 5th round selection (139th overall) by the Kansas City Royals in the 1996 MLB Amateur Draft. Originally, Hill was a catcher but became a pitcher in 2001.

He played 8 seasons in the Royals organization, and made it to the major leagues in 2002 & 2003.

In 2003, he was traded from the Royals to the Mets in exchange for Graeme Llyod.

Hill pitched in the Mets organization for three seasons with his best coming in 2004 when he was 2-3 with a 2.23 ERA with Binghamton.

From 2006-2010, Hill played for Newark (Atlantic League), Moncalva (Mexican League), and for the Angels organization.
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In 2011, Hill joined the Ducks and was a major part of their bullpen going 8-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 68 innings pitched.

Righty, Travis Minix was a 23rd round selection (685th overall) by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1999 MLB Amateur Draft.

He played six seasons in the Devils Rays organization before joining the Phillies organization in 2005.

He pitched for the Phillies organization from 2005-2008, with his best season coming in 2006 with Scranton/Wilkes Barre when he was 1-3 with 2.40 ERA in 40 innings pitched.

From 2008-2011 he played for the Somerset Patriots and was a important part of their bullpen over those 4 seasons.

In 2011, he split time between Somerset and Gary Southshore of the American Association.

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