Former Midwest League pitchers Brad Penny and Rafael Soriano reportedly are retiring. Each played in part or all of 14 major-league seasons.
Penny’s best major-league season was 2007, when the right-hander went 16-4 with a 3.03 ERA, 135 strikeouts and 73 walks in 33 starts (208 IP) for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished third in voting for the National League Cy Young Award that year.
Penny’s first full season as a professional ballplayer (1997) was spent with the South Bend Silver Hawks. He went 10-5 with a 2.73 ERA, 116 strikeouts and 43 walks in 25 starts (118.2 IP).
Soriano collected more than 40 saves three times in his major-league career, for three different teams (Tampa Bay Rays in 2010, New York Yankees in 2012, and Washington Nationals in 2013). He pitched for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 2000, going 8-4 with a 2.87 ERA, 90 strikeouts and 50 walks in 21 starts (122.1 IP).