Gateway Grizzlies manager Phil Warren has traded right-handed pitcher Alex Kaminsky to the Lake Erie Crushers for another right-handed pitcher, Jason Sullivan.
"We're excited to add Jason to our pitching staff and confident that he will be a key contributor," Warren said. "Jason had a good rookie campaign with River City last season and we were impressed every time we faced him. This also gives Alex a chance to pitch closer to home."
Sullivan, 25, went 3-2 with a 4.43 ERA while appearing in 33 games (three starts) with the Rascals in 2012. The 6-foot-2 225-pound hurler from Waverly, Iowa, went 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA in five appearances (one start) against the Grizzlies in 2012.
"We expect Jason to be a solid addition to our bullpen right away," Warren said of the Western Carolina graduate. "We are excited to have him on our side now."
Kaminsky, 24, leaves Gateway after a solid 2012 season, but he moves closer to home (approximately two hours away) to pitch for Lake Erie. The Fostoria, Ohio, native went 10-5 with a 3.74 ERA in 2012 for the Grizzlies. He finished second on the pitching staff with 18 starts and 108 and one third innings pitched.
"Alex did a nice job for us and was a big part of our playoff run last season," Warren remarked. "We wish him the best at Lake Erie."
The Grizzlies 2013 home opener is May 21 when they 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.