Kanekoa returns to Bridgeport for his second year in the Atlantic League and ninth of professional baseball. Last year, he started the season with the Bluefish, appearing in 28 games out of the bullpen with a 3-2 record and a 3.18 ERA. Teixeira was then signed by the Cincinnati Reds and finished the 2013 campaign with Triple-A Louisville, where he appeared in 16 games (two starts) with a 2.42 ERA. He finished the season a combined 3-2 with a 2.85 ERA and only 18 walks in 60 innings.
In 2012, he played the entire year at Triple-A Louisville, as the former Major Leaguer appeared in 34 games, posting a 2.72 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 56.1 innings of work.
The 27-year-old has spent his professional career with the White Sox, Yankees, Mariners, Royals and Reds affiliates, reaching the Majors in 2010 with Seattle and Kansas City, respectively and then again with the Royals the following season. In the big leagues, the right hander owns a 4.66 ERA in 49 games.
His best professional season came with Single-A Winston-Salem in 2008, where he went 3-1 with a 0.93 ERA finishing 33 of the 36 games he came into and saving 20 of those. In 259 career minor league games, Texeira owns a 24-21 record with a 3.07 ERA and 46 saves.