Reigning Italian Baseball League title holder T&A San Marino has signed former Minor Leaguer Jim Magrane to be their foreign-born pitcher in 2013. The 34-year-old right-hander from Ottumwa, Iowa was selected by the New York Mets in the 33rd round of the MLB Amateur Draft in 1996. He didn’t sign and joined the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization for the 2000 season. For the Rays and later the Washington Nationals he spent eight years in affiliated minor league ball, pitching up high as Triple-A.
After getting released without having the chance to play at the Major League level Magrane continued to play baseball professionally. Besides playing in the independent Atlantic League he also went to play in Korea (2011) and Taiwan (2010 and 2012). In 2010 he was named MVP of the Taiwan Series. Now he is bringing his services to the Italian Baseball League. His uncle Joe Magrane led the National League in ERA in 1988.