The Long Island Ducks announced on Thursday that they have signed Ryan Garko, Bryant Nelson and Wilberto Ortiz for 2012 season. Earlier in the day, the Ducks traded the rights of Freddie Thon to the York Revolution for Bryant Nelson.
Ryan Garko was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 3rd round (78th overall) of the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft out of Stanford University. After playing two seasons in the Indians minor league system, Garko was called up to the major leagues in 2005. He played for the Indians from 2005 to 2009. In July of 2009 he was traded to the San Fransisco Giants. In April of 2010, he was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers, and split time in the major leagues and Triple-A that season. Garko has a .275 batting average with 55 home runs, and 250 RBI in his major league career. He spent part of the 2011 season in the Korean Baseball Organization with the Samsung Lions.
Bryant Nelson a veteran of the Atlantic League enters his seventh season in the league. This will also be his third third season with the Ducks. In 2007 and 2008, he played in 91 games for the Ducks. Nelson has also played for Bridgeport (2006), Camden (2009), Lancaster (2010) and York (2011) He'll be entering his 19th seasons in professional baseball.
Nelson was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the 44th round (1230rd overall) of the 1993 MLB Amateur Draft. He played in 25 games for the Boston Red Sox in 2006 and hit .265 with 2 RBI. Nelson has also played in the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays organizations.
Wilberto Ortiz was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 33rd round (1002nd overall) of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft out of Dowling College. He played six season in the minor leagues with the Los Angeles Angels, Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. Last season he split time between Rancho Cucamonga(A+), Chattanooga(AA) and Albuquerque (AAA). He has a .265 batting average and .949 fielding percentage in his minor league career.