'Sharks Sign Six

The Camden Riversharks announced that they have re-signed pitchers Carlos Vasquez and Mike McGuire, catcher Alvin Colina, first baseman Raul Padron and infielder Jake Eigsti for the 2012 season. The Riversharks also signed pitcher Mariano Gomez.
Carlos Vasquez originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Cubs in 2000. He has played in the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, and Florida Marlins organizations. He advanced to Triple-A twice in his career, in 2007 with Charlotte (Chicago White Sox), and also in 2009 with New Orleans (Florida). Last season, he had a 10-6 record with a 3.47 ERA in 132.2 innings pitched for the 'Sharks. 

Mike McGuire was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 43rd round (1311th overall) of the the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft. He played two seasons in the Indians organization in 2008, and 2009. He joined Sussex of the Can-Am League in 2010 and pitched in 8 games before his contract was sold to the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He finished the 2010 season with a 1-1 record and 2.67 ERA in 30.1 innings for Lakewood(A). Last season, he started in the Phillies organization and split time between Lakewood(A) and Clearwater(A) before joining the Riversharks toward the end of the season.

Alvin Colina played eight seasons in the Colorado Rockies minor league system before getting called up to the major leagues in 2006. He played in two games for the Rockies, recording a hit and a RBI. From 2008 to 2010, he played in Triple-A for the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds and Tampa Bay Rays organizations. In 2011, he split time between Lancaster and Camden. He finished the 2011 season with .249 batting average, 15 home runs, and 61 RBI.

Raul Padron played six seasons in the Oakland Athletics organization from 2004-2009. He advanced to Triple-A Sacramento twice in 2008 and 2009. He signed with the Riversharks in 2010, and hit .255 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI. Last season, Padron started the season with Camden but was signed by the Cleveland Indians in June. He was hitting .335 (3rd in the league) before he was signed.

Jake Eigsti was originally drafted by the New York Mets in the 29th round (874th overall) of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. He played four seasons in the Mets organization, advancing as high as Double-A in 2009 with Binghamton. In 2010, Eigsti played for the Rockford RiverHawks in the Northern League. Eigsti stayed in Rockford for the 2011 season, and won the Frontier League batting championship with a .340 batting average. After the Frontier League season was over Eigsti was traded to Camden for a player to be named later. Eigsti hit .356 with 3 home runs and 12 RBI in only 12 games for the Riversharks.

Mariano Gomez has played at the Triple-A level the last four seasons with the Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins organizations.  He had his best season in 2009 with Gwinnett(AAA) when he had a 8-4 record with a 1.99 ERA in 72.1 innings pitched.

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