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Railroaders sign pitching coach Ed Pruitt, believed to be oldest player in league history

08/26/2017 12:49 PM

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CLEBURNE, Texas -- The Railroaders have announced the signings of LHP Ed Pruitt and RHP Roby Romero.

LHP Onas Farfan was placed on the seven-day disabled list and RHP Joe Jones was released to make room on the roster.


The 55-year-old Pruitt, a native of nearby Blum, Tex., was named Cleburne’s pitching coach for the inaugural season and is believed to be the oldest player in American Association history.


Pruitt pitched for Cleburne High School in the late 1970s and was drafted by the New York Mets in the 19th round of the 1982 MLB Draft. He spent six seasons at three different levels of the Mets’ system, reaching Double-A Jackson in 1985.


Pruitt finished his career with a 23-17 record and a 2.93 ERA over 228 career appearances. He finished with 288 strikeouts over 319.2 innings.


Romero, 25,  just wrapped up a successful 2017 with Aquascalientes of the Mexican League, where he finished with a 2.00 ERA over 45 relief innings.


Romero also played for manager Gabe Suarez in Joplin last season, finishing with a 4.24 ERA over 27 appearances. He was discovered in the Pecos League, posting a 2.43 ERA over 21 relief appearances with Tuscon.


Romero is a native of Santa Fe, NM, and he pitched collegiately at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, OK.


The final home series of 2017 continues on Saturday. First pitch time with the Stockade is set for 7:06 p.m. and can be heard on the Railroader Radio Network with pregame coverage starting 20 minutes prior.


Good seats are still available and can be purchased at or by visiting the box office located near the main gate at The Depot.


Saturday is also the first of two consecutive fireworks nights, presented by First National Bank. The show will begin just a few minutes following the conclusion of the game.


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