After leaving to test free agency, A.C. Deucey has been lured back to the Ohio Oxen, signing a 2-year, $15 million contract that will see the Sandy Koufax Award runner-up return to the Ohio rotation for 2018.
Ohio, which struggled to cobble together a solid rotation this year and saw an early exit from the playoffs after dropping the elimination round series to Rimouski 3-1, is said to be relieved that Deucey will return.
The fussy finesse pitcher went 14-2 this year, placing second behind Frasor Clause (15-2) for the club’s pitcher wins record. His 2.25 ERA was best among the team’s starters.
Deucey made his Bull League debut with the San Diego Seagulls (now Anchorage Aces) in 2007, where he was a middleman rotation feature, going 35-40 through seven seasons. He didn’t improve with Arizona in 2014, his only year there, and opted-out, coming to Ohio for 2015.\
While he has struggled to find success with the Oxen too, 2017 was his career-best year, setting personal bests not only in wins, but ERA, WHIP, K/9, lowest earned runs allowed over a full season, and most strikeouts with 119.