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TWO FORMER FIRST ROUND PICKS SIGN WITH DUCKS

Meyer and Canham ink deals
 
(Central Islip, N.Y., Apr. 4, 2012) The Long Island Ducks today announced the signings of pitcher Dan Meyer and catcher Mitch Canham.

Meyer, originally drafted by the Braves in the first round (34th overall) in the 2002 amateur draft, will make his Ducks debut in his 11th season of professional baseball. He spent parts of five seasons in the big leagues with the Braves, Athletics and Marlins. He made his Major League debut on September 14, 2004 against the Mets and pitched a scoreless inning. The southpaw’s best season in the big leagues came in 2009 with Florida when he went 3-2 with a 3.09 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 58 and one-third innings of work. The 30-year old New Jersey native is a veteran of 190 minor league games (134 starts) and has a 43-39 career record with a 3.65 ERA.

Canham joins the Ducks having split time last year with Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento in the Athletics organization. The 27-year-old’s best season came in 2008 with Lake Elsinore where he posted a .285 batting average with 119 hits, 28 doubles, 81 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 113 games.

Overall, the Washington native has spent five seasons in professional baseball, reaching as high as Triple-A. The left-handed hitter currently holds a career batting average of .258 with 198 runs batted in and 365 hits in 392 minor league bouts. Canham was originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in the first round (57th overall) of the 2007 amateur draft.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. Opening Day is May 4. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.

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