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The Bridgeport Bluefish announced on Friday the signing of infielder Juan Martinez, who will return to the Park City for his second year with the team.

After being acquired from the Camden Riversharks late last year for pitcher Miguel Martinez (no relation), Juan Martinez compiled a .325 batting average in 30 games with the 'Fish, including four home runs and 15 RBIs. Prior to coming to Bridgeport, he batted .221 with 31 runs scored, 35 RBIs and 22 extra-base hits for Camden. Overall, Martinez hit hit .253 with 19 doubles, eight home runs and 60 RBIs in 120 games.

Martinez, a native of Bakersfield, Calif., was selected in the 46th round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft and began his career in the San Francisco Giants organization. After spending two seasons in the Giants' system where he reached as high as Single-A with Augusta of the South Atlantic League in 2010, the 27-year-old infielder has spent the last three years on the independent ranks, playing with the York Revolution, Riversharks and Bluefish in Atlantic League, and the Newark Bears in the Can-Am League. Overall, Martinez owns a .264 batting average with 66 doubles, 30 home runs, 199 runs scored and 165 RBIs in 402 career minor league games.

Martinez becomes the eighth player inked by the Bluefish for the 2014 season. He joins pitchers Joe Bateman, TyRelle Harris, and Matt Sommo, infielders Ramon Castro and Luis Lopez, and outfielders Prentice Redman and James Simmons.

“Juan was a great asset for us when he joined the team late last season,” said Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw. “He’s a fun player to coach, and we’re looking forward to his contributions once again this year.”

The Bluefish, charter members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs, widely recognized as the nation's premiere independent baseball circuit, play their home games at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. After opening their 16th season with a four-game road trip to Waldorf, Md., where they will take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, the 'Fish will play their home opener on Wednesday, April 30, vs. the Sugarland (Tex.) Skeeters. The Skeeters, who have featured both Roger and Koby Clemens on their roster in the past, might feature another superstar athlete on their roster this year: former New York Knicks star Tracy McGrady. After a 15-year NBA career with six teams, along with one year with the Qingdao Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association, McGrady, a pitcher, is hoping to fulfill his “lifelong dream” of playing professional baseball with the Skeeters.

Season, group and individual-game tickets are currently available. For more information, contact the Bluefish at 203-210-BLUE, or e-mail tickets@bridgeportbluefish.com

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