Marlins Add Two FIU Veteran Pitchers

Morehead City, N.C. – The Morehead City Marlins Baseball Team announced today the signings of junior right-handed pitchers Aaron Arboleya and Christian Malbrough, both from Florida International University.

As an integral part of the Florida International University’s rotation in 2010, Aaron Arboleya looks to use his experiences wherever the Panthers may need him. This season, Arboleya has already seen seven appearances out of the bullpen to the tune of a 4.32 ERA while holding his competition to a .233 batting average. With a 1-1 record on the season after 17 games, the Miramar, FL native has struck out eight batters, while only walking three in 8.1 innings. Arboleya is currently majoring in physical education.

Another member of the Panthers’ pitching squad will make the trip to Morehead City this summer. Christian Malbrough, a native from Bourg, LA, will also make an impact on the mound for the Marlins. Malbrough has seen limited time on the rubber for the FIU bullpen, but has been quite impressive by striking out seven hitters in only 3.1 innings. Malbrough is currently pursuing a degree in general studies.

“Both Aaron and Christian can fill really important roles with our team,” said Marlins Manager Jay Bergman. “Either player can start or relieve and will provide quality innings throughout the summer.”

Florida International University, a division I team, participates in the Sun Belt Conference. A season ago, the Panthers baseball team rattled off five-straight games in the double-elimination conference tournament to earn SBC championship for the first time since 1999. The team would eventually earn a NCAA Regional berth appearance for their accomplishments and ultimately finished the season with a 36-25 record. With a great start in 2011, the 12-5 FIU baseball team stands to retain their conference championship.

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