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Two-time ALPB champion Brownell returns

(Central Islip, N.Y., Feb. 9, 2015) – The three-time Atlantic League champion Long Island Ducks today announced the signing of pitcher John Brownell. The two-time Atlantic League champion returns for his fourth consecutive season with the Ducks.

“John has been an integral piece of our starting rotation during each of the past three seasons,” says Ducks president and general manager Michael Pfaff. “His experience and success in the Atlantic League will be great assets for our club.”

Brownell returns to the Ducks after an historic season in 2014. The right-hander set new franchise records in games started with 29 and innings pitched with 202, breaking the previous records of 28 (Randy Leek, 2008 and B.J. LaMura, 2009) and 179 (Bob Zimmermann, 2012), respectively. He led the Atlantic League in both categories along with complete games (5) and finished second in the league in wins (13) and strikeouts (130). Overall, the Nebraska resident was 13-9 with a 3.61 ERA. Prior to the start of the season, he was voted by fans as the right-handed starting pitcher on the franchise’s 15th Anniversary All-Time Team.

The 31-year-old began his career with the Ducks in September of 2012. He made four appearances (three starts) in the regular season before posting a 2.84 ERA in two playoff starts. The following season, he led the Atlantic League with seven complete games and two shutouts while finishing second in strikeouts (133), third in innings pitched (166.1) and ninth in ERA (3.90). The University of Oklahoma alum then won all three of his postseason starts, posted a 2.88 ERA and earned Championship Series MVP honors. In his Ducks career, Brownell is 24-21 with a 3.86 ERA and 278 strikeouts over 59 regular season games (58 starts) and 4-0 with a 2.87 ERA and 27 strikeouts in five postseason starts.

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

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