The Winnipeg Goldeyes have signed infielder Jacob Blackwood for the 2014 season.
Blackwood, 28, has played the last three seasons in the San Diego Padres system, with the last two summers spent with Class AA San Antonio in the Texas League. In 126 games with that club last season, Blackwood hit .259 with seven home runs and 61 runs batted in. The Kansas City, Mo. native was named starting third baseman for the South Division in the Texas League All-Star Game.
“He’s the type of infielder that provides a big impact bat to our lineup,” said Goldeyes manager Rick Forney. “He’s been an impactful player in our league before and we’re hopeful he can be an impact guy for the Goldeyes in 2014.”
Before signing with the Padres organization, Blackwood hit .331 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI in 99 games with the Kansas City T-Bones in 2010. Prior to that, Blackwood was drafted in the 16th round of the 2006 MLB amateur draft by the Florida Marlins, playing four-and-a-half seasons with that system before signing with the T-Bones after being released.
The Goldeyes now have an even dozen players signed for their 2014 season, including six pitches and six position players.