May 29, 2009

Former 'Cane signed by New York Yankees

Former Georgia Southwestern pitcher and the 2002 NAIA National Player of the Year Paul Bush has landed with the New York Yankees.

He is slated to report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in Moosic, Pa. today (May 29).

Bush was with the Atlantic League's Somerset Patriots where he posted a 1.62 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 16.2 innings pitched in nine games.

Bush was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 24th round of the 2002 draft and has played his entire career in the organization, including two seasons at the Triple-A level in Richmond before joining the Patriots.

He was at the Double-A level last season in Mississippi and had a 3.24 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 16.2 innings in 12 games, all in relief.

Bush has a career 22-22 record with a 3.24 ERA and 446 strikeouts in 422 innings pitched in 184 games.

Bush, the GSW single-season record holder for wins (13), innings pitched (110.1), strikeouts (152), complete games (11), shutouts (6) and single-game strikeouts (17), was inducted into the Hurricanes Hall of Fame in 2007.

The Somerset Patriots and Chris Whitaker from The Americus Times-Recorder contributed to this story

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