New Britain Rock Cats Press Release
New Britain, CT - The New Britain Rock Cats announced today that RHP Frank Mata, a 24-year-old relief specialist from Barcelona, Venezuela, has been assigned to the Eastern League team, effective today. Mata joins the Double-A classification Rock Cats from the Ft. Myers Miracle in the Single-A, Florida State League.
Now in his sixth season of professional baseball, the 6'0"/220-pound hurler will be making his second career stop in the Hardware City. In 2007, Mata made 32 appearances out of the Rock Cats bullpen, recording 3 Saves and posting a 5.36 ERA. Prior to today's promotion, the burly right-hander appeared in 11 games for the 2008 Miracle, where he posted a 1-0-0 record and a 1.93 ERA in 14 total innings of work.
Signed by the Minnesota Twins in May, 2002 as a non-drafted free agent, the hard-throwing Mata is now fully recovered from elbow surgery that cost him the entire 2005 Season. In a minor league career that includes 171 total appearances, he has thus far recorded 18 Wins and 29 Saves. He will be in a New Britain uniform tonight in time for the Rock Cats' 6:35 PM game against the Altoona Curve at New Britain Stadium.
The New Britain Rock Cats are the Double-A, Eastern League affiliate of the American League's Minnesota Twins. Fans interested in seeing the team in action may do so by calling (860-224-8383) or visiting the Rock Cats Box Office, Monday thru Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM. Fans interested in securing tickets on-line may do so by visiting the club's website at www.rockcats.com.