|Maikel Hurtado 29
A junior college transfer from California...Sidewinder who adds a different dimension to the Siena bullpen...A work horse on the hill, who can see multiple innings on consecutive days...Was effective in that role throughout his career at DeAnza Community College...The Saints will again count on him to pick up the big outs late in the game.
AS A JUNIOR: Appeared in a team-high 19 games, posting a 5.86 ERA...Pitched 27.2 innings and picked up 16 strikeouts...Allowed just two earned runs in last seven appearances, spanning 13.1 innings...Pitched three innings of one-hit, shutout relief and struck out three at Rhode Island (4/30)...Held New Orleans scoreless for two innings in 10-9 season-opening loss (2/24)...Pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts at Fairfield (4/29).
BEFORE SIENA: Named to First Team All-Conference as a Freshman and Sophomore in Junior College...Participated in the All-Star Game for Northern California in 2006...Was the second ranked relief pitcher in California among Junior Colleges pitchers...Collected 27 strikeouts while walking only 18 in 51 innings pitched last season...Allowed only nine earned runs and finished 2006 with seven saves and a 2-0 record.
ROSSI ON HURTADO: "Maikel will be counted on heavily to provide much needed late bullpen help. Last year he appeared in 19 games, and will carry a burden of the load again."