Southpaw Salamida returns to Goldeyes rotation

Team Release

2/12/2014 10:50:37 AM

The Winnipeg Goldeyes signed left-handed pitcher Chris Salamida to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Salamida, 29, has played the last four seasons with the Goldeyes. Returning to the team halfway through last season, he went 7-1 with a 2.23 ERA in nine starts and won six consecutive starts from Aug. 6-28. That streak included back-to-back complete-game shutouts on Aug. 15 at Sioux City and Aug. 20 at St. Paul.

"He's a front of the rotation guy and an intense competitor," said Goldeyes Rick Forney. "He seems to get better with each passing year in our league. He's matured into a No. 1 starter in this league. We have high expectations for him to come in and lead our rotation."

In 71 career starts with the Goldeyes, Salamida is 33-21 with a 4.02 ERA and will be chasing several franchise records in 2014. Among them, he needs 37 strikeouts and 15 wins to pass Ace Walker for the most all-time by a Goldeyes pitcher in each of those categories.

Salamida was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 13th round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft and played four seasons in their system, including parts of two seasons at Class AA.

The Goldeyes now have 15 players signed for the 2014 season, including eight pitchers and seven position players.