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Tampa Bay Rays Sign Joe Bateman

He'll be heading to Durham eventually, although could start in Montgomery.

Bateman is a 28-year-old reliever who spent the last few seasons between San Francisco and Milwaukee's farm systems. His numbers look fantastic, with a FIP last season of 2.28 in Triple-A and nearly 10 strikeouts per nine. The first thing you'll notice about Bateman:



Yep, he's a sidearmer and he gets a ton of groundballs while maintaining a good number of swinging strikes. Still trying to get information on what he throws, but this could be quite a nice addition.