LINCOLN, NE – The Lincoln Saltdogs announced today that they made a handful of moves over the weekend and on Monday. Over the weekend the team signed infielder Juan Martinez and released outfielder Matty Johnson. On Monday, the Saltdogs signed right-handed pitcher Parker Frazier, placed RHP Alex Bee on the Inactive List and signed LHP Brian Smith onto the Disabled List.
Martinez joins the team after finishing 2016 with the Saltdogs. The utility infielder played in 14 games and hit .260 with eight RBIs and five runs scored. He comes to the capital city after playing 100 games for Veracruz of the Triple-A Mexican League. For Veracruz, he hit .278 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs.
The Los Angeles native is in his ninth season of professional baseball. He was a 46th round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2009 out of Oral Roberts University. He is a career .259 hitter with 64 home runs and experience at three different infield positions.
Frazier brings 10 seasons of minor league experience to the Saltdogs. He owns a career record of 47-61 and a 4.56 ERA. He has reached Triple-A in parts of three different seasons for three different organizations.
The righty last pitched in 2016 for the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Atlantic League. He went 5-4 with a 5.31 ERA over 12 starts. He was 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three starts for the Atlantic League’s Bridgeport Bluefish in 2015.
Frazier was an 8th round pick by the Colorado Rockies in 2007 out of Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 28-year-old is the son of former MLB pitcher George Frazier. The older Frazier pitched from 1978-87 for six different franchises. He won the World Series with the Minnesota Twins in 1987.
Smith comes to the Saltdogs from the Salina Stockade. The southpaw is 3-11 with a 6.45 ERA over 17 starts this season. He has tossed 96.1 innings in 2017 for an average of 5.2 per start. In his most recent start on August 19th, Smith allowed just two runs on four hits over eight innings against the Sioux Falls Canaries.
The former McNeese State Cowboy spent three seasons in independent baseball from 2011 through 2014 before resurfacing this year. He has a career record of 16-20 with a 5.87 ERA. He pitched for Saltdogs manager Bobby Brown in Amarillo in 2014.
Johnson heads to the Inactive List after playing in 50 games for the Saltdogs. He hit .225 with a .330 on-base percentage. The switch-hitting center fielder did not commit an error this season. He launched four home runs and collected 15 RBIs.
Bee pitched just once for the Saltdogs. He struck out one batter in a perfect inning on August 14th at Cleburne.
The Saltdogs face the Gary SouthShore RailCats tonight at Haymarket Park. First pitch is at 6:45 PM with coverage beginning at 6:15 PM on ESPN 1480 and saltdogs.com.
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