The Winnipeg Goldeyes were busy with several transactions on Monday. The team announced the signings of catcher Tyler Baker, infielder Tommy Mendonca and right-handed pitcher J.C. Sulbaran.
Baker is expected to take over for catcher Kevin Garcia, who was moved to the Inactive List in a separate transaction. Garcia is expected to be out for the remainder of the season after suffering an injury against St. Paul on June 30. Baker began the year in the Seattle Mariners’ system, appearing in 46 games for the Modesto Nuts of the High-A California League. He hit just .164 with the Nuts, with one homer and 9 RBI. The 25-year old was a 15th round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014.
Mendonca is an American Association veteran who began the season with the rival Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. He was a member of the Lincoln Saltdogs last year and played for the Sioux City Explorers for three years prior to 2017. Interestingly, Mendonca was named Most Outstanding Player at the 2008 College World Series while playing for the champion Fresno State Bulldogs. Mendonca hit .273 with 3 home runs and 12 RBI earlier this year for Fargo-Moorhead.
Sulbaran has been out of baseball since 2016. That year he played both Double A and Triple A ball as a part of the St. Louis Cardinals’ farm system. He went a combined 5-10 with an ERA of 5.24 between the two leagues. The 28-year old veteran pitcher was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 30th round in 2008.
To make room, the Goldeyes released left-handed pitcher Josh Blanco and first baseman Jamey Smart. The 28-year old Blanco appeared in 14 games for the Fish this year, all in relief. He was 1-0 with a 6.52 ERA. He walked 7 and struck out 11 in 9.2 innings of work. Smart is a rookie first baseman who was added to the team on Saturday after veteran Eric Aguilera returned to the Mexican League.
Additionally, left-handed pitcher Shane Dawson has been activated from the Inactive List. Dawson, a native of Fort McMurray, is 3-0 in his three starts this year and has been on the Inactive List since June 2. Further, infielder Tucker Nathans was placed on the Disabled List.
The Goldeyes continue a three game set with the league-leading Sioux City Explorers on Tuesday night.