Barnstormers sign Dwayne Pollok, and Joe Spiers

The Lancaster Barnstormers announced on Thursday that they have signed right-handed pitcher Dwayne Pollok, and infielder Joe Spiers for the 2012 season.

Dwayne Pollok was a 27th round (802nd) selection by the Chicago White Sox in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft out of Texas A & M. In 2004, he led the Carolina League(A+) with 38 saves for Winston-Salem. After pitching for Birmingham (AA) in 2005, and 2006  he advanced to Triple-A with Charlotte in 2007. On May 30, 2007, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for infielder Tomas Perez. From 2007-2009, he pitched for the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate (Albuquerque/Las Vegas). The last two seasons he's pitched for the Fort Worth Cats (American Association), where he's posted a 13-10 record with a 4.35 ERA (he also pitched 7 games in 2011 for the Yucatan Leones in the Mexican League)

"El Pollo" as they call him in Venezuela, is a great competitor. I've played against him in Venezuelan winter ball and in American Association. He's an experienced starting pitcher with a good arm and a good arsenal of pitches. He just competes every time he gets the ball. He will be a good pickup for Butch (Hobson) and the Barnstormers," said former Long Island Ducks closer, Jon Hunton of Pollok.

Joe Spiers signed as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Braves in 2007 after a successful career at the University of Hawaii and San Diego State University. He played one season in the Braves organization with the GCL Braves in 2007. In 2008, he signed with the Chillicothe Paints of the Frontier League. Spiers has also played for the Grand Prairie (American Association), Washington (Frontier League), Wichita (American Association), and Evansville (Frontier League). Last season, he hit .323 with 5 home runs, 40 RBI, and 50 stolen bases in only 73 games. All of which were career highs.

I like these signings by Lancaster! Pollok is going to a solid addition to the Barnstormers pitching staff. I'm not sure if he's going to be a starter or reliever. He's been a starter over the last two seasons with Fort Worth, so I'll assume he'll be a starter with the Barnstormers. 

Spiers seems to be hitting his stride, and at 26 year old the ceiling could be pretty high for him in the Atlantic League. Last season, he had career highs in almost every offensive category. He'll be an interesting player to watch. 

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