Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Southern Maryland re-signs pitchers Michael Schlact, Ben Moore, and outfielder Casey Benjamin

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs re-signed pitchers Michael Schlact, Ben Moore, and All-Star outfielder Casey Benjamin on Tuesday.

Michael Schlact was a 3rd round selection (81st overall) by the Texas Rangers in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft. He pitched 7 seasons in the Rangers organization before signing with the Blue Crabs in 2011. He had a 6-4 record with a 4.61 ERA in 107.1 innings pitched last season.

Ben Moore signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Yankees in 2003. He pitched two seasons in the Yankees organization before going to the Northern League where he played for Joliet, Calgary and Winnipeg from 2005-2007. In 2008, he signed with the Sioux Falls Canaries in the American Association, where he we would play until 2011. On August 31, 2011 he was traded to Southern Maryland for future considerations. He finished the 2011 season with a 3.38 ERA in 16 innings pitched.

Casey Benjamin
signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Texas Rangers 2003. He played 7 seasons in the Rangers organization, advancing as high as Triple-A in 2009. In 2010, he signed with Southern Maryland and hit .304 with 20 home runs and 66 RBI's in 112 games. He was named an Atlantic League All-Star that season. In 2011, he hit .270 with 13 home runs and 58 RBI's in 98 games.

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