The Bridgeport Bluefish took a huge step towards solidifying their 2015 roster on Tuesday when the team announced it had signed four key players. The ’Fish signed Tim Gustafson and designated him as player/pitching coach, and the team also announced the signings of outfielder James Simmons, and former big league pitchers Luis Perdomo and Sam Gervacio. To clear roster space, pitcher Greg Smith’s contract was sold to the Atlanta Braves organization. Smith will report to AAA Gwinnett.
This will be Gustafson’s second season with the Bluefish and first as pitching coach during his ninth year of professional baseball. Last season with the ‘Fish, he appeared in 57 games for Bridgeport, with a 2.39 ERA, and 71 strikeouts in 64 innings. The 30-year-old southpaw was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the ninth round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft, and made his professional debut in 2007 with Single-A Rome of the South Atlantic League. He spent five seasons within the Braves organization reaching as high as AAA 2010, before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds organization in 2011 where he again reached the AAA in 2012 with Louisville of the International League. Gustafson then spent one season with Tulsa (AA, Colorado Rockies) before joining the independent ranks with the Bluefish in 2014. In 236 career minor league appearances (119 starts), Gustafson has 36 victories and a 4.80 ERA with 557 strikeouts in 762.1 innings. Before beginning his professional career, Tim attended and played ball at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
Simmons returns to the Bluefish for his fourth season in the Park City—and his 10thh overall in pro baseball. The veteran outfielder started the 2015 season with the Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League, where he hit .273 in 33 at-bats. Last year, the 29-year-old appeared in 133 games for the ’Fish, batting .295 with 67 RBIs, 103 runs scored, 15 stolen bases and a .349 on-base percentage. Originally drafted in the 24th round draft choice of the 2005 amateur draft by the San Francisco Giants, Simmons spent six years in the Giants’ farm system before joining the ranks of independent league ball with the Bluefish in 2012. That year, he also appeared in five games for Washington (Pa.) of the Frontier League. In addition, he spent time with Monclova in 2013. All told, Simmons owns a .259 batting average with 92 home runs, 380 RBIs, 495 runs scored, and 134 stolen bases in 900 career minor league contests. Before turning pro, Simmons and played collegiately at Vernon College in in his home state of Texas.
Perdomo is making his Atlantic League debut with Bridgeport in this, his 10th season of professional baseball. The right-hander spent the 2014 season with Campeche of the Mexican League. He currently owns 28 wins with a 3.88 ERA and 427 strikeouts over the course of 352 minor league appearances. Originally signed by the Cleveland Indians in 2006, Perdomo made his major league debut in 2009 with the San Diego Padres where he spent two seasons. In 2012, he played in 15 games for the Minnesota Twins. His major league resume includes a 4.50 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 78 innings (51 total appearances). This will also be Perdomo’s maiden voyage in the Atlantic League with the ’Fish this season. The right-hander made his last professional appearance in 2013 with the Rieleros de Aguascalientes of the Mexican League, where he went 4-2 with a 5.35 ERA, 16 saves and 38 strikeouts.
Originally signed by the Houston Astros as a free agent in 2002, Gervacio made his major league debut in 2009. In two seasons with the ’Stros, he appeared in 35 games and went 1-2 with a 3.65 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 24.2 innings. His minor league career line goes like this: 31-25 with a 3.80 ERA and 546 strikeouts in 414.2 innings (332 appearances).
“This is a tremendous group of players we just added,” said Bluefish manager Ricky VanAsselberg. “Tim will take the reigns as the team’s Pitching Coach and will also be a strong asset in our bullpen. James had a career year with the ‘Fish last season and has proven himself as one of the top players in the Atlantic League, while Luis and Sam add a veteran presence to our bullpen.”
Hey Boo-Boo, It’s Pic-a-Nick Time in Bridgeport!
Today, the Bluefish announced that two all-new features—the Karma Club and the Boar’s Head Picnic Area—will be introduced at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard this season.
Karma Tequila is now the official tequila of The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. The exclusive seating area located on the suite level directly above home plate, formerly known as the Harbor Club, has been revamped and is now called the Karma Club. This elite, climate-controlled club offers the best view of the field and features a full service bar as well as a large selection of all-you-can-eat food options. Karma Tequila products will also be served throughout the Ballpark, including an “Instant Margarita” cart on the main dining concourse.
Down the left field line will be the new Boar’s Head Picnic Area. This spot, available for use by groups of 20 people or more, is a fun dining option at the Ballpark where fans can enjoy a catered, pregame picnic. Picnics start 50 minutes before the game and food is served until 25 minutes after the first pitch. Group members can then take their seats and enjoy the rest of the night’s entertainment. Groups will have the thrill of being recognized over the PA system as well as the Fish Vision Video Board during the game.
We are thrilled to partner with two organizations like Karma Tequila and Boar’s Head to make these enhancements to The Ballpark at Harbor Yard,” said Bluefish General Manager Jamie Toole. “We encourage Bluefish fans to take advantage of these two new areas during the 2015 season.”
The Bluefish will be opening the 2015 season Friday vs. the Camden Riversharks at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. First pitch is slated for 5:35 p.m., and tickets are available at the Bluefish box office, by calling For further information, call 203-210-BLUE (2583), or by clicking HERE. For more information on buying tickets for the Karma Club or scheduling a Boar’s Head Picnic Area group outing, call the Bluefish ticket office at (203) 210-BLUE or email firstname.lastname@example.org.