SIOUX CITY – The Sioux City Explorers announced the Miami Marlins have purchased the contract of Explorers right handed pitcher James Needy. Needy will report to the Jupiter Hammerheads, the Marlins Advanced-A affiliate in the Florida State League.
Needy was named the Explorers opening day starter and pitched a gem against the Sioux Falls Canaries, tossing 5.1 innings while allowing only one run on five hits and striking out nine batters, earning the win. The X’s also won Needy’s next two starts against Lincoln and Fargo-Moorhead.
The Santee, California native owned a 2.93 ERA in his three starts with the X’s and is currently ranked second in the American Association with 20 strikeouts.
Needy was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the sixth round of the 2009 MLB Draft from Santana High School. Needy got off to a solid start in his first professional season at the rookie level posting a 2.65 ERA but injured his knee in spring training the following year causing him to miss the entire 2010 season.
With Needy’s signing by the Marlins organization, the Explorers have now had 12 players' contracts acquired by an affiliated organization since the completion of the 2015 season; Ryan Kalish – Chicago Cubs, Rob Wort – Boston Red Sox, Patrick Johnson – Pittsburg Pirates, Ryan Court – Boston Red Sox, Noah Perio – Los Angeles Dodgers, Tayler Scott – Milwaukee Brewers, Connor Overton – San Francisco Giants, Lindsey Caughel – Seattle Mariners, Reinier Roibal – Los Angeles Dodgers, Nelson Ward – Seattle Mariners, Kurt Heyer – Miami Marlins and Needy – Miami Marlins.