La Plata native Daryl Thompson and two-year ALPB pitcher Robert Carson join team
(Waldorf, Md., March 9, 2017) – The Blue Crabs announced the return of right-handed pitcher Daryl Thompson and left-handed pitcher Robert Carson on Thursday as the 10th Anniversary season roster continues to take shape.
Daryl Thompson returns for his sixth year with the Blue Crabs. A native of Southern Maryland, Thompson was picked in the eighth round of the 2003 MLB Draft out of La Plata High School by the Montreal Expos. His career took him to the majors in 2008 and 2011 with the Cincinnati Reds. Thompson spent time in the Expos, Nationals, Twins, and Mets organizations as well. He joined the Blue Crabs in 2012 after starting the season in AAA Rochester.
Thompson’s 2016 campaign saw his highest innings pitched, strikeouts, walks per nine innings pitched, and strikeout to walk ratio as a Blue Crab. The 31-year old was named the 2016 Opening Day starter and played a pivotal role in the 2015 run to the Atlantic League Championship series. Thompson’s stellar 1.08 ERA in two games pitched was highlighted by a complete game two-hit shutout of the Lancaster Barnstormers in the opening game of the Freedom Division series.
Robert Carson returns to the Blue Crabs after making his Southern Maryland debut in 2016. The left-handed pitcher was acquired by the Blue Crabs on June 1, 2016 from the Bridgeport Bluefish. Carson pitched 46.1 innings with a 3.88 ERA while striking out 54 batters. A fan-favorite, Carson’s charisma and energy was often felt before games on-field as pre-game festivities took place.
“Having Thompson and Carson return was important for us,” said manager John Harris. “Carson’s impact out of the bullpen was valuable and Daryl’s reliability as a starter are traits we wanted to have back on our roster this season.”
The Blue Crabs open up the 2017 season versus the Long Island Ducks on Thursday, April 20, 2017. To buy tickets for this season and to learn about other team news, visit www.somdbluecrabs.com or call 301-638-9788.
About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its tenth anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.
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