Bridgeport, CT - The Bridgeport Bluefish today announced the signings of outfielders Chris Pettit and Kennard Jones, and pitchers Tobi Stoner and Isaac Hess. All four players will make their Bluefish debuts in 2012.
“We’re very excited to bring in this group of high impact players as we close in on spring training,” says Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw. “The additions of Chris, Kennard, Tobi, and Isaac will strengthen both our lineup and our pitching staff.”
Pettit joins the Bluefish for his first season in the Atlantic League and sixth of professional baseball. The 27-year-old began the 2011 campaign in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and would finish the year splitting time between Triple-A Salt Lake and Double-A Arkansas. In 125 combined games, he recorded 10 home runs, 67 RBI, and 18 stolen bases with 63 runs scored. Chris reached the big leagues for the first time in 2009 with the Angels as a September call-up. He collected a single in his first Major League at-bat and would appear in 10 games for the Halos that season. He was drafted by Los Angeles in the 19th round of the 2006 amateur draft and quickly worked his way through the ranks. In 489 career minor league games, Pettit owns a .280 batting average with 49 home runs, 303 RBI, 307 runs scored and 77 stolen bases.
Jones joins the Bluefish for his fifth stint in the Atlantic League and 11th of professional baseball. Last season, the outfielder appeared in 109 games for the Long Island Ducks and batted .292 with 44 extra-base hits, 54 RBI, 82 runs scored, and 28 stolen bases. Kennard, the son-in-law of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, made his Atlantic League debut in 2008 with the York Revolution, posting a .333 batting average in 88 games. After another successful season in York, he was traded to the Newark Bears and had a career-year in 2010. The 30-year-old set personal-bests with 28 doubles, 80 runs scored, and 40 stolen bases. During his four-year stint in the Atlantic League, Jones owns a .298 average with 23 home runs, 183 RBI, 290 runs scored and 94 stolen bases. Kennard was selected by the San Diego Padres in the third round of the 2002 amateur entry draft. He spent five seasons in the Padres organization, peaking with Triple-A Portland of the Pacific Coast League in 2005 and 2006.
Stoner will make his Park City debut during his seventh season of professional baseball. Last year, the former Major Leaguer split time between Double-A Binghamton and Single-A St. Lucie of the New York Mets organization. In 21 combine appearances (19 starts) he recorded five victories and 67 strikeouts in 105.2 innings of work. The 27-year-old got his first taste of ‘The Show’ in 2009 with the Mets, appearing in four games and posting a 4.00 ERA over the course of nine innings pitched. He would then pitch in one contest for New York the following season before reporting to Triple-A Buffalo. Tobi’s best year in the minors came in 2009 before his call-up to the big leagues, when he set a career-high nine wins and compiled a 3.55 ERA with 92 punchouts in 23 starts. Over the course of 132 career minor games (129 starts), he owns a 4.33 ERA and 518 strikeouts in 725.2 innings pitched. Stoner was drafted by the New York Mets in the 16th round of the 2006 amateur draft.
Hess makes his way to Bridgeport for his second season in the Atlantic League and sixth of professional baseball after being acquired from Independent Winnipeg of the American Association for future considerations. In 20 games (19 starts) with Winnipeg last year, the lefthander posted an 8-4 record with a 4.15 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 104 innings of work. The 26-year-old began his professional career in 2007 with Independent Windy City of the Frontier League. He spent the majority of his time in the independents ranks before joining both Mexico City and Oaxaca of the Mexican League in 2010. In 140 career minor league games (74 starts) Isaac owns a 42-21 record and an impressive .667 winnings percentage with 484 strikeouts over the course of 496 innings of work.
The Bridgeport Bluefish Professional Baseball Club, a charter team in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, plays its home games at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, located off Exit 27 of I-95 on the corner of Broad Street and South Frontage Road in Bridgeport. 2012 season tickets, mini-plans, group outings, and individual tickets are available by calling 203-345-4800. Visit the Bluefish online at www.bridgeportbluefish.com.