Bridgeport, CT - The Bridgeport Bluefish today announced the signings of pitchers Paul Oseguera and Jonah Bayliss. Oseguera returns to the ‘Fish for a third season, while Bayliss enters his second year in the Atlantic League and first in Bridgeport.
“These are both great additions to our pitching staff,” says Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw. “Paul has been an important member of our rotation for the past two seasons and we look forward to his contributions again, while Bayliss adds a powerful arm to our bullpen.”
Oseguera makes his way back to Bridgeport for his third season in the Atlantic League and seventh of professional baseball. Last year, the lefthander recorded a career-high 11 victories with the Bluefish, which ranked third in the Atlantic League. He started 20 games and posted a 4.53 ERA with 102 strikeouts over the course of 113.1 innings pitched. During his Atlantic League debut in 2010, the California-native was off to a scorching start with the ‘Fish, picking up three victories in six starts while posting a 2.36 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 42 innings of work. His impressive performance led to the Oakland Athletics purchasing his contract in May. Paul reported to Single-A Stockton of the California League before he finished the year back in Bridgeport. The 28-year-old made his professional debut in 2006 with Single-A Salem-Kaizer of the Northwest League. He spent four seasons in the Giants organization, reaching as high as Double-A in 2008 as a member of the Connecticut Defenders. In 123 career minor league appearances (92 starts), Oseguera owns a 4.03 ERA with a 40-31 record and 541 strikeouts in 596.2 innings pitched. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 16th round of the 2006 amateur draft.
Bayliss joins the Bluefish during his 11th year of professional baseball. Last season, the former Major Leaguer appeared in 39 games for the Lancaster Barnstormers and posted a 3.54 ERA with 18 saves and 30 strikeouts in 40.2 innings of work. The 31-year-old made his big league debut in 2005 with the Kansas City Royals, appearing in 11 games and recording a 4.63 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. The following season he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates with a player to be named later for lefthander pitcher Mark Redman. Jonah would spend the next two years in the Majors with the Pirates, with 2007 being his final stop in ‘The Show.’ In 61 career Major League appearances, he owns a 5-4 record with 54 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched. Bayliss was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the seventh round of the 2002 amateur draft.
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.