RiverHawks sign former Rays farmhand
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March 23, 2010 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The newest Rockford RiverHawk has pitched everywhere from Winnipeg to South America.

Rockford’s only professional baseball team announced on Tuesday that it has signed right-hander Manny Basilio. Basilio, who has not pitched in an American pro league since 2007, played with RiverHawks player-coach Rich Austin this winter in Colombia.

Basilio spent six years in affiliated ball, four with the Tampa Bay organization and two with Baltimore. With the Orioles, Basilio advanced as far as Class AA Bowie in the Eastern League. He split 2007 among the Orioles’ Bowie and High A Frederick teams, as well as the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the independent Northern League. He was a composite 2-11 with a 7.30 earned-run average in 27 appearances.

This offseason, with Leones Monteria in the Colombian Winter League, Basilio was 4-0 with a 2.68 ERA in seven starts. He was the only undefeated pitcher among those with at least four decisions.

“Great guy, great personality, great work ethic,” Austin said. “He did really well for us in Monteria.

“He’s definitely a guy that will give us a chance to win. He’ll keep us in the ballgame.”

The RiverHawks are members of the Northern League, an eight-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 18th season in 2010. The RiverHawks’ ninth season begins at 7:05 p.m. May 20 against the Schaumburg Flyers at Road Ranger Stadium. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380 (WTJK-AM) and on ESPN1380.com. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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