Saints Add Pitching Depth With Addition Of Reyes DoradoST. PAUL, MN August 25, 2015
SAINTS ADD PITCHING DEPTH WITH ADDITION OF REYES DORADO
ST. PAUL, MN (August 22, 2015) – With the playoffs on the horizon and the roster freeze looming, the Saints continue to fine tune their roster as they head down the stretch of the regular season. With a shorthanded bullpen and a rotation in need of a spot starter after two pitchers recently landed on the disabled list, the Saints have added flexibility and experience to their pitching core with the acquisition of Reyes Dorado.The 29-year old right hander began the season with Joplin in the American Association where he notched a 1-3 record and a 3.72 ERA in four starts with the Blasters. He will start tonight for the Saints against the Wichita Wingnuts.
A seven year minor league veteran, including four seasons in independent ball, Dorado was drafted three times in his amateur career before eventually signing with the Los Angeles Angels. The Fontana, California native was first chosen in the 43rd round in 2004 by the Florida Marlins out of high school, but elected not to sign. Dorado went on to pitch two seasons at Riverside Community College where he was teammates with current Saints pitcher Danny Gutierrez in 2006. Dorado was drafted again in 2007, this time by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 47th round, before he transferred to Arizona State University. In his lone season in Tempe, Dorado compiled a 3-1 record with a 5.60 ERA in 24 appearances as a junior with the Sun Devils. Dorado struck out 52 batters while walking 25 in 35.1 innings before being selected in the 14th round of the 2008 draft by the Halos.
Dorado began his professional career in rookie ball in Orem where he went 2-0 with a 5.62 ERA in 18 appearances, including 17 in relief. With the Owlz, Dorado struck out 32 and walked 10 across 24.0 innings while collecting three saves.
After 11 games in rookie ball to start the following season, Dorado was promoted to Single-A Cedar Rapids where he allowed 13 runs in four appearances spanning 3.1 innings before being released by the Angels organization on August 14.
After his swift release by the Angels, Dorado experienced a career revival in 2010 after joining the independent ranks with Laredo in the United League. Dorado took over as the Broncos closer and finished fourth in the league with eight saves to go along with a 2-0 record and a 2.87 ERA in 14 appearances. Dorado struck out 21 while walking just two batters in 15.2 innings for the best strikeout-walk ratio in the league. His 1.021 WHIP also ranked eighth.
After his breakthrough season in the United League, Dorado was traded to Wichita in the American Association in February but did not pitch a game with the Wingnuts. He was traded to Yuma of the North American Baseball League prior to the start of the season on May 10. Dorado would go on to allow 22 runs in 20.2 innings with the Scorpions before being released and signing with El Paso where he would finish out the season allowing just five runs over his 18.0 innings while recording five savesin American Association play.
Dorado returned to El Paso in 2012 where he would spend the next two seasons and transition from a closer into a starting role. In his two full seasons with the Diablos, Dorado went 5-7 with a 3.78 ERA in 39 appearances, 17 of them starts.
Dorado spent 2014 and the beginning of this season in the Mexican minor leagues prior to signing with the Blasters on August 6. He was released on August 24 before signing with the Saints.
In order to make room for Dorado the Saints have placed outfielder Mike Kvasnicka on the disabled list, retroactive to August 23 and move pitcher Pedro Hernandez from the disabled list to the inactive list. Hernandez would be eligible for the playoffs.
The Saints roster now stands at the league maximum 22 players, 10 pitchers and 12 position players. Rosters expand to 23, 10 days before the end of the season and must be locked in at that time. The only roster moves that can be made after that are adding a rookie catcher if there is an injury or if a player has their contract purchased by an affiliated organization teams have 72 hours to sign a player of any classification.