The RailCats return all-time home run leader Cristian Guerrero to the team with the signing announced Monday.
“I’m thrilled to have Cristian back in a RailCats uniform,” manager Greg Tagert said in a release Monday. “I know he’s excited and he’s been such a tremendous contributor to our success over the years. I have already heard from some of his teammates and they are ecstatic about it.”
Guerrero, 32, is the RailCats hit 58 home runs in four seasons and also holds the single-season record of 19, set in 2010. The Bani, Dominican Republic native is also the career leader in slugging percentage (.483) and OPS (.842), and is tied for third-all time in RBI (256).
Guerrero was granted his release from the team last year, was signed by Winnipeg then dealt to Sioux Falls. Last season, he batted .249 with 59 RBIs for the Pheasants while leading the team and ranking 11th in the league with 15 home runs.
Guerrero, the cousin of former Major League start Vladimir Guerrero, is best known for hitting home runs in five consecutive at-bats on the same day during a doubleheader on July 9, 2010 at the Rockford RiverHawks. He became just the second professional baseball player ever to accomplish that feat and earned national recognition.
The RailCats also announced several other moves. Right-handed pitcher Dexter Carter and catcher Kyle Day were placed on irrevocable waivers, as both are retiring from baseball. They ‘Cats also signed right-handed pitcher Michael Oros, who was the first pick in the Texas Winter League draft. Oros made his professional debut in 2012 and was 2-3 with a 6.03 ERA with the White Sands Pupfish in the Pecos League.