Ben Broussard and Ryan Strieby added to roster
(Central Islip, N.Y., April 23, 2013) – The Atlantic League champion Long Island Ducks today announced the signing of first basemen/outfielders Ben Broussard and Ryan Strieby. Both begin their first season with the Ducks and in the Atlantic League and will join the club upon their return home on Friday.
“Ryan and Ben bring solid bats to our lineup,” said Ducks President and General Manager Michael Pfaff. “We’re looking forward to having them join our club.”
Broussard spent seven seasons in the Major Leagues with the Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. The 36-year-old hit .263 with 87 home runs, 314 runs batted in, and 114 doubles in 705 games. His best season came in 2006, when he hit .289 with 21 home runs and 63 runs batted in, splitting the season between Cleveland and Seattle.
A native of Beaumont, Texas, Broussard began 2013 with Diablos Rojos of the Mexican League. He hit .304 with two home runs, 11 runs batted in, and 11 runs in 19 games. Selected in the second round of the 1999 MLB Draft out of McNeese State University, Broussard has hit .282 with 104 home runs and 356 runs batted in during eight minor league seasons.
Strieby has played in the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks organizations. The 27-year-old has 113 home runs, 443 runs batted in, 365 runs and 131 doubles in 713 minor league games. Strieby spent the majority of 2012 with the Toledo Mud Hens (AAA, Tigers), hitting 13 home runs and driving in 52 runs in 88 games.
During his seven minor league seasons, Strieby was named an All-Star three times, in the Midwest League in 2007; Florida State League in 2008; and Eastern League in 2009. Additionally, he was named the Detroit Tigers Minor League Player of the Year in 2008, following a franchise record 29 home run season with Lakeland (A+, Tigers). Strieby was selected in the fourth round by the Detroit Tigers in the 2006 MLB Draft. He was named a Baseball America All-American and SEC Player of the Year for the University of Kentucky prior to his being selected.
The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. Opening Day is April 26 as the Ducks host the Sugar Land Skeeters at 7:05 p.m. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.