Bluefish sign Rodriguez, Pike and Zaleski for 2012

The Bridgeport Bluefish announced today that they have signed catcher Luis Rodriguez, and pitchers Matt Pike and Kyle Zaleski for the 2012 season. All three were members of the Bluefish in 2011.

Luis Rodriguez was originally drafted by the San Fransisco Giants in the 14th round (396th overall) of the 1994 MLB Amateur Draft. He's made it to Triple-A numerous times during his playing career with the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, and Detroit Tigers. Rodriguez earned the nickname "The Machete" for his defensive prowess at throwing out base runners. This will be Rodriguez's fourth season with the Bluefish, and seventh in the Atlantic League (also played with Long Island in 2004 and Nashua from 2005-2008). Last season, he .243 with 10 home runs, and 43 RBI for the Bluefish.

Matt Pike was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cincinnati Reds in 2000. He played two seasons in the Reds organization before he was released, and signed with the Elmira Pioneers in 2002 (Northern League). That season he was 7-1 with a 2.01 ERA in 22 games before he was signed by the New York Yankees organization. From 2003-2007, he had stints with the New Jersey Jackals (Northest League), St. Paul Saints (Northern League/American Association), and the Atlantic City Surf. In 2008, he signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish and has become one of the most successful pitchers in Bluefish history. He has a 34-23 record, 4.45 ERA, with 305 K's, and 4 complete games in his Bluefish career. On June 23, 2011, Pike came two outs shy of throwing a no-hitter against the Somerset Patriots.  Last season, Pike was 8-8 with a 4.32 ERA in 150.0 innings pitched for the Bluefish. 

Kyle Zaleski had a 2-0 record with a 4.15 ERA in 22 innings pitched for the Bluefish last season (He also pitched one game for York). He's also previously pitched for with Souix Falls (American Association), Alexandria (Continental Baseball League), Joliet (Noethern League), El Paso (Central League), Gateway (Frontier League), Pittsfield (Can-Am League), Southern Maryland (Atlantic League) and St. Paul (American Asssociation).

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