The Gateway Grizzlies and manager Phil Warren have made two transactions leading up to the 2013 season.
Phillip Reamy, a key right-handed reliever for the Grizzlies in 2012, has been re-signed. The 24-year-old from Centreville, Va., went 5-2 with a 2.18 ERA in 33 appearances out of the bullpen. Reamy struck out 42 batters in 45 and one third innings.
"Phil was a valuable piece to our bullpen last year and we expect even bigger things from him in 2013," Warren commented. "He has electric stuff and will continue to be an often used pitcher at the end of games for us."
Reamy played his collegiate baseball at NAIA Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is the all-time saves leader at the University. Now, he has helped bring another Embry-Riddle graduate to Gateway.
Dan Eaton, a 6-5 195-pound left-handed pitcher from Embry-Riddle, has signed a contract to join the Grizzlies in 2013. Eaton, 24, went 7-6 with a 2.58 ERA during the Eagle 43-win season in 2012. He pitched in 20 games, while starting a team-best 15 times. A native of Warner Robins, GA, Eaton fired a team-best 118 and two thirds innings with only 29 walks and 91 strikeouts, which was also tops at Embry-Riddle.
"Phil told us about Dan and we feel like he fills a void for us right now, which is left-handed pitching," Warren said. "He put up good numbers in college and we hope he can come here and have similar success as Phil."
Gateway begins on May 17 when the Grizzlies take on the Lake Erie Crushers in Avon, Ohio.
The Grizzlies 2013 home opener is May 21 when the Grizzlies take on the Joliet Slammers in the friendly confines of GCS Ballpark. Season and group tickets are on sale now. For more information call 618-337-3000.