In an effort to bolster their chances at a postseason playoff berth, the Bridgeport Bluefish today acquired All-Star outfielder Bryan Sabatella from the Long Island Ducks in exchange for infielder Sean Burroughs. Not only has Sabatella put up big numbers thus far in 2015 (.277 batting average, 36 RBIs, 60 runs scored, 19 extra-base hits, 26 stolen bases), but he also has local roots, having played college ball at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.
Sabatella spent the entire 2014 campaign with the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association where he posted a .307 batting average and .378 on-base percentage in 97 games. He also hit three home runs, drove in 45 runs, scored 59 times, and stole a league-leading 40 bases. Prior to that, he played with the New Jersey Jackals of the independent Can-Am League where he batted .302, bashed 21 homers, drove in 132 runs, scored 14 runs, had 35 doubles, and stole 83 bases in three seasons.
The speedy 30-year-old outfielder was drafted in the ninth round of the 2005 amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners. After two seasons with the Mariner’s organization—both at the A level—he joined the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League in 2008. In two seasons with Lancaster, Sabatella hit .283 with five homers, 36 RBIs, 51 runs, 14 doubles and 22 stolen bases.
“Bryan is a very skilled player that will be a constant force in our lineup and we can depend on every day,” says Bluefish Manager Ricky VanAsselberg. “With this trade, we were dealing from a position of strength as we have a surplus of infielders and were in need of an impact outfielder for our postseason push. I also had the privilege of managing Bryan for four years from 2006-09 with Alexandria and Shreveport-Bossier, and look forward to this opportunity once again.”
Burroughs, the son of former major league star Jeff Burroughs, appeared in 53 games for the Bluefish in 2015, recording a .321 batting average with seven extra-base hits, 19 runs scored and 27 RBIs. He has played in the major leagues with the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, Arizona Diamond Backs and Minnesota Twins.
The Bluefish are currently on the road, amid a four-game trip to Waldorf, Md., where they are playing the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The ’Fish return home to start a four-game home series against the York Revolution on Thursday night. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. Thursdays are “Thirsty Thursdays” sponsored by Anheuser-Busch at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard where all domestic brews go two-for-one. Tickets for Thursday’s game—as well as all home games for the rest of the season—can be purchased at the Bluefish box office as well as by clicking HERE. Audio for Bluefish home games can be heard by clicking HERE.