The Long Island Ducks have signed outfielder Danny Perales and pitcher James Houser for the 2013 season.
Danny Perales was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 22nd round (657th overall) of the 2006 Major League Draft out of the University of Southern California. Over his seven year minor league career he's played in the Diamondbacks, Reds, and Blue Jays organization. His best season came in 2006 with South Bend (A), when he hit .282 with 16 home runs and 92 RBI. Last season he hit .279 with 6 home runs and 39 RBI for the Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate, Las Vegas.
Pitcher, James Houser was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2nd round (38th overall) of the 2002 Major League Draft. The lefty pitched seven seasons in the Rays organization before joining the Florida Marlins in 2010. He started the 2010 season with the Marlins Triple-A affiliate New Orleans before getting called up to the majors on May 20th. Houser pitched 1.1 innings for the Marlins that season before being sent back down. Houser missed the entire 2011 season after undergoing open heart surgery. Last season, Houser pitched 34.1 innings, posting a 5-1 record and a 4.74 ERA between Camden and York.
It's interesting to look at both of these guys careers and see the potential. Perales is a run machine, who has some pop. While Houser is a solid reliever who throws two curveballs, a change-up along with a with a fastball that could hit 90. Should be interesting to see where they fit in with the Ducks.