LINCOLN — The Saltdogs signed a couple of 23-year old hurlers Thursday, agreeing to terms with LHP Ryan Carpenter and RHP Eric Brooks.
Carpenter, a former Tampa Bay Rays farmhand, earned 2013 Mid-season All-Star honors in the Florida State League. The 6-foot-5 southpaw led the Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs with 97 strikeouts last year.
For his career, Carpenter is 20-15 with a 4.05 ERA over three seasons, appearing in 61 games and starting 54.
The Peoria, Ariz. native was originally selected by the Rays in the seventh round of the 2011 MLB draft out of Gonzaga University.
Brooks spent his first two professional seasons pitching in the Texas Rangers organization, where he racked up 118 strikeouts in 120 1/3 innings.
Originally from Taylor, Texas, Brooks boasts a career ERA of 3.76 in 34 games, including 22 starts. He was originally selected by the Rangers in the 11th round of the 2012 MLB draft out of McLennan Community College (TX).
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