WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes signed right-handed pitchers Daniel Minor and Icezack Flemming on Thursday afternoon.
“I’m pleased to announce the additions of Daniel and Icezack to the club,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “Daniel was successful in the Astros’ organization, and has shown the ability to fill many roles. Icezack is a hard-throwing right-hander from the Yankees’ organization who is still classified as a rookie.”
Minor last pitched in 2015 where he posted a 3.48 ERA in seven relief appearances for the Double-A Texas League’s Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston Astros’ organization). The Austin, Texas native struck out eight batters in 10.1 innings before making two appearances later in the season with the eventual American Association champion Laredo Lemurs.
2017 will be Minor’s fifth season in professional baseball where the 26-year-old right-hander has experienced success both as a starting pitcher and a reliever. Minor is 20-9 (.690 winning percentage) with four saves and a 3.70 ERA as a professional in 23 starts and 64 relief outings. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Minor has struck out 194 batters against just 64 walks in 223.2 career innings pitched (3.03 strikeouts for every walk). On May 13th, 2014, Minor earned the save when the High-A California League’s Lancaster JetHawks combined for a no-hitter over the Bakersfield Blaze.
Minor was originally drafted by the Astros in the ninth round in 2012 out of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, Texas). Minor was 10-3 with a 2.20 ERA during his junior season for the Islanders in 2012 while earning Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year honours. Prior to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Minor pitched two seasons at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.
Flemming (first name pronounced ‘Isaac’) finished with a 3.18 ERA last season for the Rookie level Appalachian League’s Pulaski Yankees (New York Yankees’ organization). A native of Valencia, California, Flemming fanned 13 batters in 11.1 innings pitched.
Flemming, who is a classified rookie in the American Association, was drafted by the Yankees in the 26th round in 2015 out of California State University, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California). In two professional seasons, Flemming has struck out 46 in just 39.1 innings (10.5 strikeouts per nine innings), and has allowed only two home runs. During his senior season for the Golden Eagles in 2015, the 24-year-old Flemming was 9-2 with a 2.58 ERA in 83.2 innings.
The pair of newcomers brings the Goldeyes to 16 players under contract for the 2017 season. American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins May 6th.
Notes: Minor won championships in the Astros’ organization with the Low-A Midwest League’s Quad City Bandits in 2013 and with Lancaster in 2014…Minor has a 1.29 ERA in 14.0 career postseason innings…Minor has held the opposition to a .235 batting average with runners in scoring position during his career…Minor has a 3.72 career ERA in 23 starts and a 3.69 ERA in 64 relief outings…Minor’s 2.75 ERA during his rookie professional season in 2012 led the Appalachain League…Minor’s ninth-round selection in 2012 is the highest in program history for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi…Flemming also pitched at East Central University (Ada, Oklahoma) and the College of the Canyons (Valencia, California)…Flemming has worked more than one full inning in 14 of 22 career relief appearances…Flemming has held right-handed batters to a .118 average in 85 at bats during his first two professional seasons
2017 Winnipeg Goldeyes Signings
OF Reggie Abercrombie
LHP Kyle Anderson
1B David Bergin
RHP Victor Capellan
RHP Edwin Carl
3B Wes Darvill
RHP Icezack Flemming
2B Casio Grider
RHP Caleb Kellogg
1B Kellen Marruffo
LHP Kevin McGovern
RHP Cameron McVey
RHP Daniel Minor
RHP Mikey O’Brien
OF/1B David Rohm
RHP Duke von Schamann
The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2017 season on May 18th on the road against the expansion Cleburne Railroaders. The Goldeyes’ 2017 home opener is Monday, May 29th versus the Sioux Falls Canaries at Shaw Park. Season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings for the 2017 season are on sale now. For more information, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com