The Lancaster Barnstormers have signed right-handers Cody Hall and Kevin Munson to contracts for the 2017 season, it was announced today by manager Ross Peeples.
Munson will be in his second stint with the Barnstormers while Hall comes to the Atlantic League for the first time.
Hall, 29, has reached the Major League level each of the last two seasons, pitching seven times for the San Francisco Giants in 2015 and twice for the Miami Marlins last year.
Drafted out of Southern University in 2011, Hall compiled an ERA of 2.29 over his first four professional seasons in the San Francisco organization. The Baton Rouge, LA native walked only 64 and struck out 248 in 186.2 innings over those four seasons, recording 46 saves in the process. He finished second in the Atlantic League with 20 saves for Augusta in 2012.
He also notched a dozen saves in the Venezuelan Winter League in 2014 and added six more this past winter.
During 2016, outside of his two appearances for the Marlins, Hall was 0-0 with one save and a 6.50 ERA in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League for New Orleans (Miami) and Reno (Arizona).
“I have heard great things about Hall, and his minor league numbers show that,” said Peeples. “He has a reputation as a competitor and has experience as a closer.”
Munson, 28, appeared in 12 games for the Barnstormers in a three-week span in June of last season. The right-hander from Roanoke, VA was 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA. In 11 2/3 innings of work, Munson walked one and struck out 18, recording at least one strikeout in 10 of his 12 outings. He held three leads.
He was signed by the Seattle Mariners in early July and assigned to Class AAA Tacoma. Over the remainder of the season, the James Madison University product entered 19 games, posting a 2-1 record and 4.44 ERA.
Prior to coming to Lancaster, Munson pitched for six seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks farm system, never starting a game except for four short rehab starts in 2015. He appeared in more than 50 games in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Over the course of his career, Munson has fanned 391 batters in 323 innings of work, an average of 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
“Munson did a great job the short time he was with us last year, a performance that got his contract purchased by Seattle,” said Peeples. “He wants the ball when the game is on the line, and we look forward to having him back with us this year.”
“We are looking forward to have both of these guys in the back end of our bullpen,” Peeples added.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]