We have a new poll at Mister-Baseball.com. We want know, who was the best pitcher in European Baseball in 2007. We chose eight candidates:
Junior OBERTO (Montepaschi Grosseto): He led the Italian Baseball League with a 1.44 ERA in the regular season. He posted an 8-2 record. He struck out 77 in 100 innings pitched. He struggled through the playoffs, but overall had a pretty good season.
Jesus MOTA (Fortitudo Bologna): He had the most wins in the Italian Baseball League with ten. He ranked third with an ERA of 1.77. He struck out 89 in 91.1 innings pitched.
David BERGMAN (Corendon Kinheim): He recently won the pitcher of the year award in the Netherlands. He posted a 12-2 record in 15 starts with an ERA of 2.06. He had 75 strikeouts in 96 innings pitched. He also pitched for the Dutch national team at the European championship (EC) and the Baseball World Cup (BWC), receiving the win in the historic upset over Cuba.
Leon BOYD (DOOR Neptunus): He got a perfect 9-0 record during the regular season of the Dutch Major League. He led all starting pitchers with a 1.22 ERA, striking out 61 in 66.2 innings pitched.
Enorbel MARQUEZ-RAMIREZ (Solingen Alligators): Limited due a knee injury, he pitched just 52 innings (60 strikeouts) during the regular season in the German Baseball-Bundesliga. However with a 1.22 ERA and seven wins he was right at the top of the league. His most impressive performances came at the international level. At the EC in Barcelona he won all three starts with a 1.20 ERA. Two months later he showed his talent at the BWC (two starts, ERA 3.21).
Yoel HERNANDEZ (Marlins Puerto Cruz): He was first in the Spanish Baseball League with a 0.56 ERA. He had an 8-0 record and struck out 83 in 64.2 innings pitched. He won the national championship with his team. At the EC he impressed as well with two wins and a 0.61 ERA. He struggled at the BWC.
Remigio LEAL (CF Barcelona): He was not far behind Yoel HERNANDEZ in 2007. He posted a 9-1 record with an ERA of 0.79. He struck out 85 in 90.2 innings pitched. He attended the EC and BWC as well.
Samuel MEURANT (Templiers Sénart): He pitched 120 innings for the runner up in the French championship. He had an ERA of 1.94 and a 10-2 record. He struck out 111.
Of course, the list could be longer and the selection is somewhat subjective. Feel free to comment and vote at the Mister-Baseball.com homepage.