TUESDAY, JULY 07, 2009
Former Dolphin Kris Regas signed by Detroit Tigers
The JU baseball family can add another name to the list of former Dolphins who are now playing in the minor leagues as LHP Kris Regas had his contract purchased by the Detroit Tigers on July 5.
The 28-year old has come full circle since his time on the First Coast as he battled arm injuries in his early career before dominating the Independent Baseball ranks as a closer with the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association the past two seasons.
Regas, who was in spring training with the Tigers this year, will report to the Toledo Mud Hens (AAA) of the International League after being named American Association “Pitcher of the Month” with a 1-0 record, 11 saves and a 0.60 ERA in June.
In two seasons with the Canaries, he converted 45-of-47 save attempts while leading the squad to a 47-0 record in games in which he came on to close. In 95 appearances, Regas went 5-2 with 45 saves, 149 strikeouts and only 26 walks in 108 innings. He was twice selected to the American Association All-Star Team and was named the 2008 Star of Stars by PA-Sportsticker.
“We are thrilled that Kris is going to be getting another opportunity with the Tigers,” said Sioux Falls manager Steve Shirley. “His dedication and commitment to his dream has paid off with great success with the Canaries for the last two years and it is time for him to take that success to the next level.”
The Bourbonnais, Ill. native transferred to JU as a senior from St. Joseph’s College in 2001 but his season was cut short after four starts after tearing the unlnar collateral ligament in his arm. In 2002, he was part of the Dolphins’ weekend rotation and finished the season with a 3-9 record and a 4.72 ERA in 80 innings before being signed as a free agent with the Cook County Cheetahs of the Frontier League (Independent).
After a brief stint in the New York Mets farm system with the Brooklyn Cyclones (Short-A) in 2004, Regas returned to independent ball with stints with the Richmond Roosters of the Frontier League (2005) and Gary Southshore Railcats of the Northern League (2006) before joining Sioux Falls in 2007.
During his career, Regas went to Minnesota State in 2002 to take a graduate-assistant position in the mathematics department, which turned into a full-time job in 2006. In the offseason, he spends nine months teaching college algebra while waiting for his chance at the majors.
Regas joins former Dolphins Carson Andrew of the Orem Angles (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Pete Clifford of the Mobile BayBears (Arizona Diamondbacks), Jeremy Gillan of the AZL Angels (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Neal Frontz of the Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay Rays) and Chris Kelly of the Carolina Mudcats (Cincinnati Reds) in the minor leagues this summer. Former JU alumnus Daniel Murphy is currently in his second season with the New York Mets.