Long Island brings back batting champ
The Long Island Ducks have welcomed back outfielder Kraig Binick for the 2012 season. The team announced Binick’s signing on Feb. 3.
Binick finished with the Atlantic League’s best batting average (.343) at the end of the 2011 regular season while also posting league leading marks in stolen bases (42), stolen base percentage (.894) and on-base percentage (.429).
He also batted .360 with four RBIs in eight playoff games. He helped Long Island capture the Liberty Division Championship Series over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. In the four games against York in the Atlantic League Championship series, Binick batted .231 (3-for-13) with an RBI.
Binick, 26, is a former Baltimore Orioles prospect who reached Class AA Bowie in 2009. He has spent the last two seasons playing entirely in independent baseball.
With Binick’s signing, the Ducks now have three players under contract for the 2012 season.
The club announced the signings of relievers Jeremy Hill and Travis Minix earlier in the week.