Pair of relievers sign with Canaries

Posted: 1/8/2014

Kirk Clark returns for second season

SIOUX FALLS  – The Sioux Falls Canaries announced on Tuesday the signing of former New York Yankees farmhand John Brebbia while renewing the contract of reliever Kirk Clark.

Brebbia, 23, was drafted by the Yankees in 2011. The right-hander pitched three seasons in their system, reaching advanced Class A Tampa in 2012. He amassed 110 strikeouts in 128 1/3 innings pitched against just 34 walks.  In 68 relief appearances, he went 3-7 with a 3.37 ERA and three saves.

A native of Sharon, Mass., Brebbia played his senior year of high school in Florida before moving on to Elon University in North Carolina.

Clark, 25, returns to the Canaries after posting a 1-4 record with a 3.86 ERA in 36 relief appearances in 2013. Clark moved to independent baseball after three seasons with the Houston Astros, who signed him as an undrafted free agent from Creighton University in 2009.  

Clark is 15-15 for his career with a 4.63 ERA and 193 strikeouts in 213 2/3 innings pitched.

The Canaries have also released pitchers Chris Allen and Adam Champion.

The Canaries’ 2014 campaign follows their highest attended season ever. It will be their 22nd season and ninth as members of the independent American Association. For more information about business partnerships or season tickets in 2014, call the Canaries at (605) 336-6060.