Senior LHP, Joe Spano, has come to terms on a free agent, minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. He will report to the Jays’ spring training complex in Dunedin, Fla., for a club minicamp on Saturday. Spano is the 4th member of the 2012 Notre Dame club to sign a minor league contract this week.
He joins junior C Joe Hudson, senior RHP Will Hudgins and senior LHP Steve Sabatino as players who have signed minor league deals from No tre Dame this year. The Irish have not had more players reach agreement with MLB clubs following a season since 2008.
Spano made 65 appearances in his career with 1-8 record. His ERA is just outside of 5.10 and he limited his opponents to a low .252 batting average in his career.
Coach Aoki had this to say about Spano’s deal.
“Joe, for a lot of reasons, is a true example of perseverance,” said second-year head coach Mik Aoki. “To come back from major arm surgery is a credit to his hard work and commitment to his rehab. Joe’s first few outings in the fall were rather difficult for him, but he emerged as a stopper for us out of the bullpen and was critical to our success this season, particularly against left-handed batters. It would have been really easy for Joe to feel sorry for himself or make excuses, but he stuck with the program, returned to form, and now is getting the opportunity he deserves.” -und.com
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