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Former Rascal moves to majors

Former River City Rascal Brandon Cunniff was added to the Atlanta Braves roster on April 5. Cunniff will fill the void left on the roster after Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton, Jr. were traded to the Padres.

The reliever spent portions of two seasons in River City and parts of three seasons in the Frontier League. Cunniff is the fourth former Rascal to reach the Major Leagues.

In 72 appearances for the Rascals over a season and a half, the righty went 6-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 13 saves. He was traded to the Southern Illinois Miners amid the 2012 season and won the league championship. In his three seasons in the Frontier League, Cunniff was 7-0 with a 1.57 ERA and 25 saves in 93 games.

“Words cannot adequately express how happy I am for ‘niff,” Rascals manager Steve Brook said of his former player. “He is a quiet, hard-working, humble leader who deserves this opportunity. We wish him continued success in the Atlanta Braves system and believe he has a long and successful major league career ahead of him.”

Cunniff joins SS Justin Christian (Yankees), LHP Joe Thatcher (Brewers, Astros), and RHP Josh Kinney (Cardinals, White Sox, Mariners) as the only former Rascals player to reach the Majors.

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