Ducks sign former Major Leaguer and Bronx native
(Central Islip, N.Y., May 20, 2014) – The Long Island Ducks today announced the signing of infielder Randy Ruiz. The first baseman begins his first season with the Ducks and in the Atlantic League.
“Randy is an exciting offensive player that brings a lot to our team,” says Ducks president and general manager Michael Pfaff. “The experience and success he has accrued throughout his professional career will be welcome additions to our ballclub.”
Ruiz spent parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues (2008-10), spending one year with the Minnesota Twins and two with the Toronto Blue Jays. In 68 career games, he compiled a .272 batting average with 12 home runs, 25 RBI, 41 runs and 11 doubles. The Bronx native also played three seasons in the Japan Pacific League (2010-12), compiling 20 homers and 60 RBI in 151 games, and was teammates for the first two years with Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.
The 36-year-old is currently in his 16th season of professional baseball. He began the 2014 campaign by playing in 15 games with Tijuana of the Mexican League. He previously was named MVP of the Pacific Coast League in 2009 and International League Rookie of the Year in 2008. The Bellevue University alum also won the Pioneer League batting title in 2000 and the Eastern League batting title in 2005. Ruiz was originally drafted by the Mets in the 36th round of the 1996 amateur draft.
The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.