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Jun '10 08

Namur Angels, Merchtem Cats bolster Rosters, Europe gets a Switch Pitcher

Namur Angels

Trying to make a push towards the playoffs the Namur Angels have added outfielder/pitcher Matt Brunnig to help out for a month. He went 2-for-4 in his debut last Saturday and is expected to join the bullpen next weekend. He spent four seasons at Harvard University (NCAA Division I) between 2003 and 2006. He had a 12-9 record with an ERA of 4.78 in 43 games (18 starts). He struck out 93 batters in 133 2/3 innings, walking 44.

Brunnig is an ambidextrous pitcher and can throw from either the left or the right side. Even though he brought both gloves with him he is likely only going to pitch right-handed in regular games. He played together with Trey Hendricks in Harvard, who is currently playing in the German Baseball-Bundesliga for the Saarlouis Hornets.

In late June another Ivy Leaguer is going to join the Angels. Catcher Thomas Stevens will stay for three months with the Belgian First Division club. Between 2005 and 2007 he played three seasons for the Columbia University (NCAA Division I), batting .290 (OBP .377/SLG .430) with seven extra base hits, 31 runs and 21 RBI through 107 at-bats in 52 games.

Merchtem Cats

The Belgian First Division club Merchtem Cats are going to add Aaron Troyansky as a second foreign player besides Ethan Guevin to the roster after Reid Jackson left a few weeks ago. Troyansky is scheduled to arrive on June 14. He two seasons at Carleton College (NCAA Division III) and went a combined 8-7 with an ERA of 6.15 in 27 appearances (13 starts) between 2007 and 2009. He struck out 29 in 86 1/3 innings, walking 53.

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