Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ducks sign Ford, Lyons, and Gorecki

The Long Island Ducks announced on Wednesday that they have signed Lew Ford, Dan Lyons and Reid Gorecki for the 2012 season

Lew Ford was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 12th round (379th) of the 1999 MLB Amateur Draft. He played two seasons in the Boston Red Sox organization before he was traded to the Minnesota Twins in 2000. On May 29, 2003 he made his major league debut going 1-for-1 with a base hit against the Seattle Mariners.  Ford played for the Twins from 2003-2007. His best season came in 2004, when he hit 15 Home Runs, drove in 72 RBI and stole 20 bases. Ford played for the Ducks in 2009, as well as 2011. He has a career .325 batting average, with 20 home runs, and 100 RBI for the Ducks.

Dan Lyons was a 14th round (430th overall) selection by the Washington Nationals in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Minnesota. He played four seasons in the Nationals organization with his best season coming in 2008, when he had a .272 batting average with 7 home runs, and 71 RBI between Hagerstown(A) and Potomac(A+). Last season, he had a .282 batting average with 2 home runs, 40 RBI, and 12 stolen bases for the Ducks.

Reid Gorecki was a 13th round (402nd overall) selection by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Delaware. He played in the Cardinals organization for five seasons prior to joining the Atlanta Braves organization in 2008. On August 17, 2009, he made is major league debut for the Atlanta Braves. That season Gorecki had a .200 batting average with 3 RBI in 25 at-bats for the Braves. In 2010, he split time between Scranton-Wilkes Barre, and Trenton in the New York Yankees organization.

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