May 30, 2017
Contact: Josh Owens


Blue Crabs Add Arm to Bolster Bullpen


(Waldorf, MD., May 30, 2017) – The Blue Crabs announced the signing of right-handed relief pitcher Zack Thornton to Blue Crabs roster on Tuesday, further bolstering their 10th Anniversary Team.

Thornton is entering his eighth season of professional baseball, joining the Atlantic League after seven seasons in affiliated baseball. Thornton was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 23rd round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of the University of Oregon. He spent three seasons in the A’s organization, before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the offseason of 2012. He pitched a little more than one season in the Pirates organization, before being traded in April of 2014 to the New York Mets in a deal for Ike Davis. In his minor-league career, Thornton has compiled a 25-21 record, with a 3.72 ERA and 430 strikeouts in 413.1 innings.

In the February of 2017, Thornton was offered a spot on the roster for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic. He appeared in four games for Israel in the WBC, collecting two holds in the first round of games, with Israel winning Group A and advancing. Thornton picked up the win in the first game of round two for Israel, throwing 1.1 scoreless innings in relief against Team Cuba.

“We’re excited to bring in Thornton to further bolster our bullpen,” said Manager John Harris. “He brings a lot of experience to the pen and will add another arm that we can count on to shut down the opposition late in games.”

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at or call us at 301-638-9788.

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its tenth anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

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