Dutchmen Returner Rounds Out Pitching

By: Dutchmen Front Office
Jose Hernandez (Dean College) pitches during the 2013 summer

May 28th, 2014

The Dutchmen round out thier 2014 pitching staff by bringing back Dean College's Jose Hernandez, alongside talented freshman Steven Ghiardi from Millersville University and Kyle Zurak from Radford University.

Jose Hernandez Head Shot.jpgAfter a hugely successful 2013 summer, community favorite Jose Hernandez returns to Albany and the Dutchmen. Jose was a tremendous asset to the Dutchmen staff, throwing 23.2 innings between the bullpen and starting rotation. In his versatile role, he registered a 1.90 ERA, striking out 22 batters, and registering a 3-1 record. During his current season at Dean College, the right-hander has been no less effective. He leads the team with three wins, striking out 59 batters in 56 innings, while compiling a 2.41 ERA. Willing to help in whatever way his team needs, Hernandez is a welcome return for the Dutchmen organization.

Steve Ghiardi.jpgA 6'3" 190 pound right-hander from Crofton, Maryland, Ghiardi enjoyed a highly successful career at Arundel High School. He was named to the Under Armour and Baseball Factory Preseason All-America list in 2013, while also being selected All-Anne Arundel County Second Team in 2012 and first team in 2013. During his career, he went 10-4 with a 2.84 ERA and 142 strikeouts in 106 innings. Since arriving at Millersville, he enjoyed the same level of success. Splitting time between the bullpen and the rotation, Ghiardi has compiled a 2.13 ERA, while striking out over a batter per inning, and holding opponents to a miniscule .130 batting average against. No matter what role he occupies during the 2014 summer, it seems to reason that the transition will be a relatively successful one.

Kyle Zurak - Radford University.jpgThe final piece to the pitching puzzle will be Radford University right-hander Kyle Zurak. A 6'1" righty from East Amherst, NY, Zurak has been instantaneously effective for the Highlanders. On a 33 win team, Zurak carved out a bullpen start, throwing 17.2 innings  over the season, allowing 17 hits, striking out 11, and limiting opposing hitters to a .260 batting average against. Appearing in 19 games, including games against regional teams Siena and Bryant, Zurak proved to be a valuable and reliable late inning reliever. His ability to deliver in pressurized situations will be something very valuable to the Dutchmen this summer.  



Search Archive »




Browse by Year »

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012

Browse by Month »

August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
November 2018
October 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
October 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
October 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
Ignite Business Solutions