​Gregory Paulino Set To Return To Sonoma Stompers Staff

Gregory Paulino returns for his second season with the Stompers after a very good 2015.   James Toy III/Sonoma Stompers

Gregory Paulino returns for his second season with the Stompers after a very good 2015.

James Toy III/Sonoma Stompers

Tim Livingston, Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations

Gregory Paulino led the Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club’s pitching staff in wins, strikeouts, and complete games in 2015. And when he was at his best, the 6-foot-3 right-hander from Palenque, Dominican Republic, also led the Stompers in swagger.

With his long lean frame, and his pronounced leg whip delivery, the 23-year-old former Oakland Athletics farmhand went 8-4 with a 3.76 ERA, while striking out 87 hitters in 93 1/3 innings pitched. Paulino pitched two complete games – both shutouts – led the team in innings pitched, and his WHIP (walks, plus hits per innings pitched) of 1.189 was second only to that of Sean Conroy’s 0.950.  

“I was excited when we were able to sign Gregory last winter, and I’m even more excited he’s coming back this season,” Stompers General Manager Theo Fightmaster said. “Gregory was a great player on the field, and a great man of integrity and principle off it. He’s adored by his teammates, his host family, and feared by hitters – that’s the ideal combination that we’re looking for in our players.”

Paulino missed the 2014 season with an elbow injury, but had put up impressive numbers in previous seasons in the A’s farm system. He earned eight wins at three levels between 2011 and 2013, and boasted a 3.73 earned run average, while striking out 121 batters in 159 1/3 innings pitched.

As a starter he made appearances between Oakland’s Dominican Summer League team, and its Rookie team in Arizona; where he furnished a 2.79 ERA in 29 innings, holding opponents to a .257 batting average against in 2013.

Additionally, the team will scout and sign players out of the Pacific Association’s Open Tryout, slated from April 23-24 at CC Sabathia Field in Vallejo. Players interested in competing for a job with any of the Pacific Assoc. teams are encouraged to register online at www.StompersBaseball.com. 

Players report to Sonoma May 19, and spring training workouts and exhibitions begin May 20.

The Stompers finished the 2015 season with their second winning record in as many years, going 44-33. In the franchise’s inaugural campaign in 2014, Sonoma boasted a 42-36 record.

The Stompers open the season May 31, 2016, and start their home season in Sonoma on Tuesday, June 7, at 6 p.m. against the Vallejo Admirals.

Full Season tickets, mini-plans and partial season tickets are on sale on our website, www.stompersbaseball.com, or at the Stompers Fan Shop, located at 234 West Napa Street in Sonoma. Group events and Group Tickets are also available now. Please email jack@stompersbaseball.com, or call 707.938.7277 for questions and more information.