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Dan Lazzaroni joins the Boomers as a seasoned veteran with experience in several levels of professional baseball after signing as a free agent on April 2, 2013.
The Boomers found Lazzaroni at the Tennessee tryout held at Cumberlands University in Lebanon, Tennessee on March 16-17.
After spending time with the Frontier League’s River City Rascals to begin his professional career, Lazzaroni, 24, got a chance in the San Diego Padres organization. Lazzaroni started out in the rookie league with the Arizona League Padres, where he registered a 5.40 ERA and 2-1 record over 18.1 innings of relief with 16 punchouts. Lazzaroni spent the rest of the season moving up the ladder heading to the Padres Single-A affiliate, the Lake Elsinore Storm before ending with the Padres Double-A team, the San Antonio Missions. Lazzaroni closed out the year with an overall record of 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 31.2 innings.
Lazzaroni started his collegiate career at Siena College in 2008, where he began as an outfielder but moved to the mound his freshman year. In his first and only pitching start that season, the right-hander tossed a complete game shutout and gave up just two hits. By season’s end, he switched to the bullpen and led the team with six saves and an opposing batting average of .188. In two years with the Saints, Lazzaroni racked up a 5-1 record with a 3.56 ERA in 29 appearances. Over 60.2 innings, Lazzaroni struck out 39 batters while surrendering just 24 earned runs.
In 2011, Lazzaroni transferred to Southern Polytechnic State University, where he made 15 appearances in relief, earning a 3.38 ERA in 16 innings, allowing just six earned runs and fanning 26 batters while helping lead the Hornets to a 41-17 season.