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BU baseball pitcher Giulietti signs pro contract with Edinburg (Texas)
Lefty begins pro career in independent North American League
June 26, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y.—Former Binghamton pitcher James Giulietti has signed a professional contract to play for Edinburg (Texas) of the North American League. Giulietti, a recently graduated lefthander, signed on Thursday and made his pro debut on Friday for the Roadrunners, tossing two hitless innings of relief. Giulietti struck out four hitters at the tail end of a 10-4 loss.
Edinburg is currently 10-15 early on in its 96-game schedule, which extends into September.
Giulietti, the 2010 America East co-Pitcher of the Year, notched 21 wins in four seasons for the Bearcats. His showcase season was his junior campaign, when he went 8-2 with 74 strikeouts and ranked 13th in the nation with a sparkling 2.15 ERA. He was nearly untouchable in conference play, posting a 6-0 mark (all complete games) with a 1.49 ERA and 41 strikeouts against just three walks.
The North American League (NAL) is the largest professional independent baseball league worldwide. League play level is considered AA to AAA, the alumni of the three founding leagues (Golden, Northern, United) have seen over 40 of their group reach the major leagues over the years and another 35 players had their contracts purchased by MLB organizations in 2010.
Giulietti joins former teammate Greg Lane, who is pitching for Lake County in the NAL. Lane is 4-0 with a 2.66 ERA for the Fielders this season.
Giulietti becomes BU’s 25th player overall and 13th in the last five years to sign a professional deal.