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Former Duck Cuas Makes MLB Debut

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Central Islip, N.Y., June 1, 2022) – Former Long Island Ducks right-handed pitcher Jose Cuas was called up to the Major Leagues by the Kansas City Royals on Monday, May 30 and appeared in their game against the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday, May 31. He becomes the 24th player in Ducks history to reach the Major League level after playing with Long Island. He is also just the fourth player in franchise history to reach MLB for the first time ever after playing for the Ducks (Mel Stocker, Scott Rice, Mickey Jannis).

“We are incredibly proud of Jose,” said Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff. “He came up in professional baseball as an infielder, we gave him a shot as a pitcher, and now he’s pitching in the big leagues just a few seasons later. His ascent in the game has been admirable to watch, and we wish him the best of luck with Kansas City.”

Cuas first joined the Ducks in 2018 and went on to play in parts of three seasons with the Flock (2018-19, 2021). He combined to pitch in 37 games, accruing a 4-1 record with a 1.36 ERA, one save, 46 strikeouts and 20 walks over 46.1 innings of work. The Queens native had his contract purchased twice by Major League clubs during his time with the Flock, first with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2019 and then by the Royals in 2021.

The 27-year-old compiled a 6-3 record with a 1.60 ERA, 10 saves and 35 strikeouts over 45 innings at three levels in the Diamondbacks organization in 2019. He then went 5-1 with a 1.51 ERA, three saves and 44 strikeouts to just eight walks over 41.2 innings across three levels in the Royals system in 2021. The righty began 2022 at Triple-A Omaha and pitched in 20 games, posting a 1.74 ERA, three saves and 18 strikeouts in 20.2 innings before his promotion to The Show.

Following is the complete list of Ducks players to reach MLB after playing on Long Island:

PLAYER

YEAR(S) WITH DUCKS

PROMOTED BY

PROMOTION YEAR

Jose Cuas

2018-19, 2021

Kansas City Royals

2022

Sean Nolin

2019

Washington Nationals

2021

Mickey Jannis

2015

Baltimore Orioles

2021

Emilio Bonifacio

2018

Washington Nationals

2020

Fernando Abad

2018

Baltimore Orioles San Francisco Giants

2021 2019

Wilkin Castillo

2018

Miami Marlins

2019

Henderson Alvarez

2017

Philadelphia Phillies

2017

Quintin Berry

2017

Milwaukee Brewers

2017

Tim Melville

2017, 2019

Colorado Rockies San Diego Padres Minnesota Twins

2019 2017 2017

Rich Hill

2015

Tampa Bay Rays Minnesota Twins Los Angeles Dodgers Oakland Athletics Boston Red Sox

2021 2020 2016-19 2016 2015, 2022

Scott Rice

2008

New York Mets

2013-14

Lew Ford

2009, 2011-Present

Baltimore Orioles

2012

Kip Wells

2010

San Diego Padres

2012

Justin Hampson

2010

New York Mets

2012

Joey Gathright

2010

Boston Red Sox

2011

Robinson Cancel

2010

Houston Astros

2011

Erick Almonte

2006

Milwaukee Brewers

2011

Jay Gibbons

2008

Los Angeles Dodgers

2010

Mel Stocker

2006

Milwaukee Brewers

2007

Nelson Figueroa

2006

Houston Astros Philadelphia Phillies New York Mets

2010-11 2010 2008-09

Ken Ray

2002

Atlanta Braves

2006

Bill Pulsipher

2004

St. Louis Cardinals

2005

Pedro Borbon Jr.

2003

St. Louis Cardinals

2003

Carlos Baerga

2001

Washington Nationals Arizona Diamondbacks Boston Red Sox

2005 2003-04 2002

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, a Professional Partner League of Major League Baseball. Over 8 million fans have enjoyed the Ducks brand of affordable, fun entertainment at Fairfield Properties Ballpark since inception in 2000. For further information, visit LIDucks.com or call 631-940-DUCK (3825).

 

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