Friday, July 11, 2014

Blue Crabs Reliever To Be Assigned To Double-a Frisco

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced today that Atlantic League All-Star relief pitcher Erik Hamren has been picked up by the Texas Rangers organization. Hamren, 27, will be assigned to the Frisco RoughRiders, the Texas Rangers Double-A affiliate.

“Erik has been not only one of the most reliable relief pitchers on our club, but one of the most reliable relief pitchers in the Atlantic League,” –Blue Crabs Manager Lance Burkhart said. “This chance with the Rangers organization will be good for him and his goal of returning to the Major Leagues.”

Hamren was one of three Blue Crabs to be named an Atlantic League All-Star on Monday along with fellow relief pitcher Jim Ed Warden and infielder Amadeo Zazueta. He amassed a 1-3 record with a 2.41 ERA in 37.1 innings spanning 36 appearances while compiling 42 strikeouts. The Newport Beach, CA native had a streak of eight straight scoreless outings from June 17-July 4 over 7.1 innings pitched.

The University of Pacific alum is looking to make it back to the Major Leagues for the first time since 2011. Hamren pitched 14 games with the San Diego Padres at the end of the 2011
season and finished 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA in 12.1 innings.

The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League, considered the highest level of Minor League Baseball. Atlantic League players are "Major League ready" and in the last 16 years, over 600 players have graduated from Atlantic League clubs to Major League organizations, making the League a preferred route for experienced players to be scouted by Major League Baseball. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit www.SOMDbluecrabs.com for more information and to save your seat at the ballpark today!