LINCOLN — The Saltdogs injected some big time speed and power into their lineup Tuesday, signing former Mariners top-3 picks INF Dennis Raben and OF Daniel Carroll.
Raben, a 2008 second-round selection of Seattle, belted 18 home runs, 23 doubles and 75 RBI (in just 76 games) for Class A-Advanced High Desert in 2011 to earn MiLB.com Organization All-Star honors with the Ms.
The 25-year old, left-handed slugger banged 20 home runs and 66 RBI over 82 games at two different levels in 2010. In 251 games spanning the course of four professional seasons, Raben has hit 52 home runs, 199 RBI and sports a .297 batting average.
Raben hails from Hollywood, Fla. and played collegiately at the University of Miami.
Carroll, who was drafted in the third round by the Mariners in 2007, stole an eye-popping 62 bases in 2011 to go along with 18 home runs and 57 RBI to garner Organization All-Star recognition.
In six professional seasons, Carroll has a remarkable 184 stolen bases in 461 games. He is a career .264 hitter with 172 RBI and 302 runs scored.
The 24-year old was selected by the Mariners out of Valley View HS (Moreno Valley, Calif.).
LINCOLN ALSO ADDS 24-YEAR OLD RIGHTY WITH TRIPLE-A TIME
The Saltdogs signed RHP Eddie McKiernan on Monday, a 24-year old with experience at the Triple-A level in three different seasons.
McKiernan, who was selected by the Angels in the 2007 MLB draft out of Monrovia HS (Monrovia, Calif.), is 27-33 with a 4.83 ERA over six professional campaigns.