The Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg, his current club, have announced that Sven Schüller will sign a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. Regensburg invited the media to a press conference, at which also Bob Engle, Vice President of International Scouting at the Dodgers will be present. The last time he was at a press conference in Regensburg was for the signing of Daniel Thieben with the Seattle Mariners, where he worked prior to his current employer.
Schüller is a right-handed pitcher, who joined the baseball academy in Regensburg in 2012, coming from the Solingen Alligators. He was born in Wuppertal and began his baseball career with the Wuppertal Stingrays. The 17-year-old debuted for the German senior national team just recently at the Prague Baseball Week. With the Buchbinder Legionaere he pitched in the European Cup.
With his signature on Tuesday Schüller becomes the ninth athlete of the Regensburg baseball academy to sign a minor league contract in the USA since 2007 and the second this year after Julsan Kamara signed with the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this spring. Regensburg Academy attendee Donald Lutz became the first player developed in Germany to reach the big leagues with the Cincinnati Reds this year.
Besides Schüller, Kamara and Lutz, there are four more German players in the Minor Leagues right now. Kai Gronauer (New York Mets) is in Triple-A, Max Kepler (Minnesota Twins) in Single-A, Daniel Thieben (Seattle Mariners) in Rookie-advanced and Markus Solbach (Minnesota Twins) in Rookie ball.
Photo: Walter Keller