WhiteWings: Roster Moves
POSTED: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 9:40pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:33am
WHITEWINGS BRING BACK LANTIGUA
July 15, 2009
Harlingen – United League Baseball’s Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings announced today they have signed infielder-outfielder Denys Lantigua, who played for the WhiteWings in 2006.
Lantigua hit .309 with six doubles, one home run and 10 RBI in 27 games while playing third base, catcher, outfielder and pitcher. On the mound, Lantigua was 1-0 with a 5.19 ERA. In five relief appearances, he pitched 8.2 innings, allowing 10 hits and one walk while striking out four.
Lantigua also has experience in the Cleveland Indians system with Rookie-Level Burlington (Appalachian League) in 1999 and 2000, where he hit a combined .184 with one home run and 15 RBI in 52 games.
WHITEWINGS ACQUIRE VETERAN CATCHER & INFIELDER
July 15, 2009
Harlingen – United League Baseball’s Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings announced today they have signed 29-year old catcher Sandy DeLeon and 35-year old infielder Denys Lantigua.
To make room on the roster, the WhiteWings released first baseman Rafael Zorrilla and deactivated outfielder Stephen Ward.
DeLeon has been catching in independent baseball since 2000, spending the majority of his time in the Atlantic League in addition to stops in the Golden League, the Can-Am League and the Frontier League. A career-.256 hitter with two home runs, the WhiteWings signed DeLeon for his game-calling ability.
DeLeon last played for the Bridgeport Bluefish (Atlantic) during the 2007 season. He has also played for Newark, long Island, Somerset, Atlantic City and Lehigh Valley in the Atlantic League.
Lantigua joins the WhiteWings after starting the season with the Quebec Capitales (Can-Am). He was hitting .243 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 39 games (24 at first base, five in leftfield and 10 at designated hitter). Lantigua had been playing Quebec since 2002 in three different leagues.
Signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1991, Lantigua began his career as a third baseman in rookie ball (Gulf Coast and Pioneer Leagues) in 1992. He also played in the organizations of the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins and Chicago Cubs.
His best season was in 2005, when he hit .324 with 31 home runs and 112 RBI in 90 games for Quebec. He followed that up with a career-high .343 batting average in 2006 and another 21 home runs and 82 RBI in 2007. Lantigua hit .307 with nine home runs and 60 RBI in 85 games last season.
Lantigua is a career-.289 hitter with 192 home runs and 938 RBI in 1,367 games. He is primarily a corner infielder, but has experience in the outfield as well.
Zorrilla was 3-for-20 (.150) with one RBI in seven games.
Ward is hitting .135 (7-for-52) with two RBI.