The manager of the Capitales de Québec, Patrick Scalabrini, is in full crusade regarding his pitching staff for the next season of the Capitales de Québec, as evidenced by the signing of three new members for the 2022 edition of the team, right-handers Michael Austin, Samuel Adames and Marcos Encarnacion.

These additions come just weeks after the selection of six pitchers in Equipe Quebec’s dispersal draft: Yordy Cabrera, Miguel Cienfuegos, Jared Mortensen, Stephen Knapp, Henry Omana and Evan Rutckyj.

“Over the years I have adjusted my approach and over the last few years I didn’t want to sign anyone too early knowing that some quality options were quite possibly going to be available later in the off-season.  It is not always the case, so this year I decided to be more aggressive and acquire the players that interest me immediately and adapt later if necessary “, explains Patrick Scalabrini.

The artisans of the mound gave the manager a hard time in 2021 with an earned-run average of 4.87, the offensive often coming to save the outcome late in the game.  

Regarding these new signees, here is their background and also what the manager had to say about them:

Michael Austin : The Baltimore native pitched for the Washington Wild Things and Southern Illinois Miners in 2021, including a no-hitter in his first game with Southern Illinois.  He maintained an earned run average of 3.93 in 94 innings pitched.

“Michael will definitely be in our rotation, having a very impressive track record in his durability, competitiveness and his ability to throw strikes consistently. During his time in Washington last season, we faced him and he and dominated, so that makes me conclude that with a good team behind him he can be successful with us. “

Samuel Adames : The 27-year-old right-hander is a former minor-leaguer with the Kansas City Royals and Yomiuri Giants in Japan. In addition to 110 innings with these, Adames maintained an earned run average of 3.39 in addition to making 17 saves and having 81 strikeouts. He has been used mainly in relief in the end of games in Asia while getting a few starts during his career.

“Samuel’s baseball resume is impressive after moving to Japan to play in the biggest league and be successful as a closer . Despite this experience, he still has rookie status in the Frontier League, so an asset to more for us in the makeup of our squad. At 6’4 “he’s big on the mound, has a good fastball at 90-94 mph, slippery and curved, so it’s easy to pull it off. I imagine Samuel closing out games for us in 2022.”

Marcos Encarnacion : Like Adames, Encarnacion is a native of the Dominican Republic and he worked for four seasons in their summer league; the top three with the Cincinnati Reds and with the Cubs in 2019. He has dominated this campaign, recording an earned-run average of 0.87, striking out 40 batters in 31 innings pitched, while allowing just two walks.

“Marcus’ track record is short, but more than interesting, especially his last season which was dominant. He really wants to prove that he is capable of leveling up and he could turn out to be a surprise at camp. I watched several videos; Marcus has smooth motion, good fast ball and nice movement. “


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