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Bluefish sign former Major League pitcher David Carpenter; also add southpaw Brian Moran and right-hander R.J. Hively

(Bridgeport, Conn., April 7, 2016) – The Bridgeport Bluefish today announced the signings of pitchers David Carpenter, Brian Moran, and R.J. Hively.

“Our pitching staff this season is really starting to look impressive, especially with the additions of these three guys,” says Bluefish Manager Luis Rodriguez. “Brian and R.J. have put up some good numbers in their careers, and David has a ton of Major League experience, which will be great to have in the clubhouse.”

David Carpenter joins the Bluefish for his ninth season of professional baseball and first in the Atlantic League. The former Major Leaguer spent last season with the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees, pitching in a combined 30 games and collecting a 4.38 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 24.2 innings. The 30-year-old made his professional debut in 2006 after being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 12th round of the MLB draft. He has five big league campaigns under his belt, with the Houston Astros (’11-’12), Toronto Blue Jays (’12), Atlanta Braves (’13-’14), New York Yankees (’15), and Washington Nationals (’15). In 218 career MLB outings, he owns 11 wins with a 3.92 ERA and 216 strikeouts in 211.1 innings of work. In 189 career minor league appearances, David owns a 13-11 record with a 3.04 ERA and 231 strikeouts in 222.1 innings.

Brian Moran comes to Bridgeport for his seventh season of professional baseball and first in the Atlantic League. Last year, the lefty pitched for Double-A Jackson of the Southern League and High-A Bakersfield of the California League, both affiliates of the Seattle Mariners. He made 27 combined relief appearances, collecting a 3.24 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 33.1 innings. The 27-year-old made his professional debut in 2009 after being selected by the Seattle Mariners in the seventh round of the MLB draft. Moran has spent his entire career in the Mariners organization, reaching as high as Triple-A in 2012 and 2013. In 226 career minor league appearances, Brian owns a 20-18 record with a 3.08 ERA and 368 strikeouts in 321.1 innings of work.

R.J. Hively comes to Bridgeport for his fifth season of professional baseball and first in the Atlantic League. Last year, the California-native pitched for three Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate teams, including High-A Visalia of the California League, Double-A Mobile of the Southern League, and Triple-A Reno of the Pacific Coast League. In a combined 35 mound appearances (14 starts), he collected a 4.69 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 96.0 innings of work. The 27-year-old began his professional career in 2012 after being selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 19th round of the MLB draft. He has spent all four years of his career with the Diamondbacks organization, reaching as high as the Triple-A level in 2015. In 168 career minor league appearances, Hively owns a 13-10 record with a 3.15 ERA and 255 strikeouts in 248.1 innings pitched.

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