Mr. Cocker HCAW announced on Monday evening, which foreign players will strengthen the team for the 2012 season in the Dutch Hoofdklasse. Shortstop Kody Hightower and right-hander pitcher Kyle Putnam are joining the team.
Hightower is well known in European baseball since his time with the HSV Stealers (2009) and the Zurich Barracudas (2011). Putnam played independent league ball in 2011, posting an ERA of 6.05 in 55 innings in the Canadian-American Association.
Both played or are still playing in Australia. They are active in the Australia Capital Territoy Baseball League, but also helped out the Canberra Cavalry in the Australian Baseball League. Especially Hightower left his mark in the ABL, winning the team fan choice award for Canberra.
The American duo is supposed to replace Dirimo Chavez, Juan Gonzalez and Moises Melendez at Mr. Cocker HCAW. The club confirmed that the three Venezuelan players are not coming back.