Former Skeeters Left-Hander Dan Runzler Signs With Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox have signed former Skeeters left-hander Dan Runzler to a Minor League contract.

Runzler, 33, went 4-2 with a 2.81 ERA and a save in 53 appearances with the Skeeters in 2018, striking out 58 batters in 48 innings pitched. Runzler’s 53 appearances were tied for the fourth-most in the Atlantic League.

Runzler is one of six players in franchise history to appear in the Major Leagues after playing with the Skeeters. He first joined the Skeeters in 2015 and appeared with them in ‘16 as well before making eight appearances with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2017. Runzler owned a 4.50 ERA in eight appearances (4 IP) with the Pirates in ‘17.

Runzler ranks fifth in Skeeters history with 105 career appearances. He’s 4-3 with a 2.13 ERA and five saves through his 105 career appearances with the Skeeters, accumulating 107 strikeouts in 92 ⅓ innings pitched.

The San Francisco Giants took Runzler in the ninth round of the 2007 MLB Draft out of UC Riverside. He made his Major League debut with the Giants in 2009 and made 89 appearances with them over parts of four seasons (2009-12), going 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA, and helping lead them to World Series titles in 2010 and '14. Runzler is 24-38 with a 3.56 ERA and 37 saves in 571 appearances at the professional level, spanning 12 seasons.

While at the affiliated level, Runzler was selected as the Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year in 2010 with Triple-A Fresno (San Francisco) and was selected as a South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star in 2009 with Single-A Augusta (San Francisco).