The Long Island Ducks have signed infielder Bryant Nelson, and outfielder Adam Bailey for the 2013 season.
Bryant Nelson has been a member of two consecutive Atlantic League Championship teams, including last season with the Ducks (2011 with the York Revolution). Nelson was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the 44th round (1230) of the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft. He played in the Astros, Cubs, and Red Sox organizations before making his major league debut in 2002 with the Boston. That season he hit .265 in 25 games for the Red Sox.
Nelson has been well traveled throughout the Atlantic League having played for Long Island, Bridgeport, Camden, Lancaster, and York in his career. He has a .280 batting average, with 70 home runs, and 365 RBI during his time in the independent leagues. This will be his fourth season on Long Island (he played parts of the 2007 and 2008 season with the Ducks).
Adam Bailey joins the Ducks, after having spent the last two seasons in the Houston Astros organization. Bailey was drafted by the Astros in the 23rd round (693rd overall) of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He has a .271 batting average with 38 home runs, and 173 RBI in 296 minor league games.
Great signings by the Ducks who are building a solid foundation for the 2013 season. Nelson is a solid veteran who gives everything he has every game. He's versatile, and can play almost anywhere on the field. He's also clutch in playoffs. While Bailey has shown raw power throughout his minor league career, and he has the potential to be a tremendous player.