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Arizona Diamondbacks sign a Beach Bum

Arizona Diamondbacks sign a Beach Bum
Arizona Diamondbacks sign a Beach Bum
Devon Teeple

The Traverse City Beach Bums announced on Thursday that the Arizona Diamondbacks purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Johnny Omahen, according to the Beach Bums' website.

Omahen is coming off of a very solid first year in independent baseball. In 21 starts, he went 8-9 with a 3.37 ERA. His 115 innings pitched are a personal best. To go along with his 78 strikeouts, also a personal best, Omahen only surrendered two home runs (.02 HR/9).

Originally drafted by the by the Florida Marlins in the 35th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft from NAIA California State University San Marcos, Omahen spent two years in the Marlins minor league system winning five games. He struck out 70 over 108 innings, finishing with a respectable 4.00 ERA.

His coming out party came after being released by the Marlins in 2013.

It really wasn't a surprise that Omahen put up these impressive numbers with the Beach Bums. His time at Cal State was where he first began to raise eyebrows. After only appearing in seven innings in 2010, he started seven games for the Cougars in 2011, going 7-1 with 48 strikeouts in 54 innings.

That success immediately transferred over to the professional game. In his first years with the Gulf Coast League Marlins and Jupiter Hammerheads, he went 4-1 with a 1.94 ERA in 41.2 innings while giving up one home run. After an unimpressive 2012 with Greensboro (1-5, 5.24), he bounced back to form with the Beach Bums.

Other people could have given up and taken this as a negative, but Beach Bums COO John Wuerfel is happy his talent has been identified.

"While it's tough to lose a pitcher of Johnny's caliber", said Beach Bums COO John Wuerfel, "we are pleased to see his ability recognized. He's a first class young man."

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