RiverHawks make roster moves, add new faces

03/27/2012 9:11 AM - Loves Park, Ill. - The Rockford RiverHawks have signed middle infielder Danny Gonzales and catcher Andrew Caron for the 2012 season. In addition, right-handed pitcher Adam Osteen has been traded.

Gonzales was named the North American Baseball League's Rookie of the Year last season after he hit .310 with 27 RBI in 64 games for the Chico Outlaws. He had a standout senior season at New Mexico the year before, hitting .332 with just 22 strike outs through 214 at bats. Gonzales is expected to play second base for the RiverHawks this season.

2012 will mark the first summer in professional baseball for Caron, a 6-foot-1, 215 pound catcher from Waynesboro, Pa. After playing college baseball at Mount St. Mary's, where he hit .323 with 33 RBI in 50 games in his senior season, Caron played pro ball in the Arizona Winter League in Yuma. Caron caught for the Calexico Outlaws and finished with a league-best .412 batting average in 14 games played.

Osteen has been traded to the McAllen Thunder of the North American League for a player to be named later. He appeared in six games last season. Osteen had no record, no saves and an ERA of 11.12. Osteen previously pitched in the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization with the Class A Short-Season Yakima Bears, where he had no record and 7.11 ERA in five appearances.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, the premier independent professional baseball league that will play its 20th season in 2012. Advertising and season ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit us online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/RockfordRiverhawks and follow us on Twitter @RockRiverHawks.

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