• Sam Gilman

Transactions


Last month we brought you in-country moves from around the European baseball and softball leagues. Now, we’re introducing you to the transcontinental journeymen that may soon be playing at a park near you.



Baseball


Pontus Byström

Prior Team/Country: Stockholm Monarchs . Sweden

Current Team/Country: Hamburg Stealers . Germany

Position: Outfield

Citizenship: Sweden


Trevor Caughey

Prior Team/Country: Warsaw Centaury . Poland

Current Team/Country: Berlin Flamingos . Germany

Position: LHP, 1B

Citizenship: USA


Kruno Gojkovic

Prior Team/Country: BK Olimpija Karlovac . Croatia

Current Team/Country: Ulm Falcons . Germany

Position: Utility Infielder

Citizenship: Croatia


Antonio Horvatic

Prior Team/Country: BK Olimpija Karlovac . Croatia

Current Team/Country: Ulm Falcons . Germany

Position: Utility Infielder

Citizenship: Croatia


Nick Miceli

Prior Team/Country: Kaunas County . Lithuania

Current Team/Country: Bremen Dockers . Germany

Position: LHP

Citizenship: USA


Miceli is a 23-year old LHP who spent this winter as an All Star in the Southern Australian Baseball League. There he posted a 3.52 ERA and batted .328.


Callum Murphy

Prior Team/Country: Hamilton Cardinals . Canada

Current Team/Country: Hamburg Stealers

Position: Infielder

Citizenship: Great Britain


Murphy is a Canadian-born dual citizen with a British passport. He played on Great Britain’s national team in the 2016 European Championship. Currently he’s finishing the season in the Southern Australian Baseball League for the Port Adelaide Magpies. Callum is expected to play short for the Stealers this summer.


Andrew Oberthaler

Prior Team/Country: Vienna Wanderers . Austria

Current Team/Country: Berlin Flamingos . Germany

Position: Outfield

Citizenship: USA


Roldan Ochoa

Prior Team/Country: Hintergrund Hard Bulls . Austria

Current Team/Country: Viterbo Rams . Italy

Position: RHP

Citizenship: Venezuela

Shane Salley

Prior Team/Country: Sölvesborg Firehawks . Sweden

Current Team/Country: Mainz Athletics . Germany

Position: RHP

Citizenship: USA


Mateusz Szustek

Prior Team/Country: Centaury Warsaw . Poland

Current Team/Country: Dohren Wild Farmers . Germany

Position: RHP

Citizenship: Poland


Szustek is a 19-year old, right-handed pitcher whose fastball topped out at 85mph in 2016. Mateusz, who has represented Poland on their junior and senior national teams, has spent the last few seasons in the States playing high school and community college ball. He now returns to Europe where he will play his first season in the Bundesliga. His secondary position is listed as shortstop.


Jan Tomek

Prior Team/Country: Curaçao Neptunus Rotterdam . Netherlands

Current Team/Country: Munich-Haar Disciples . Germany

Position: RHP

Citizenship: Czech Republic

Last season Tomek finished the year with a .84 ERA heading into the Holland Series where his team took home the title.


Andrija Tomic

Prior Team/Country: Nada Split . Croatia

Current Team/Country: Saarlouis Hornets . Germany

Position: Catcher

Citizenship: Croatia


James Watts

Prior Team/Country: Sölvesborg Firehawks . Sweden

Current Team/Country: Mainz Athletics . Germany

Position: RHP

Citizenship: USA

Coach Clayton Carson

Prior Team/Country: Stockholm Monarchs . Sweden

Current Team/Country: Hintergrund Hard Bulls . Austria

Citizenship: USA

German Bundesliga

This past off-season the Bundesliga played a serious game of team Tetris across the leagues. Per usual, the bottom team in each division fell down to Bundesliga II. That meant saying goodbye to the Bad Homberg Hornets in the South and the Dortmund Wanderers in the North.


In their place however, are teams aplenty. On the South side the Ulm Falcons have moved in while, over north, both the Bremen Dockers and the Berlin Flamingos have been seen around the way. Throughout 2017, the North played down a team so this simply balances out the league. Growing to 16 teams, 8/division, expands the Bundesliga I.


These are not the only shifts in the league however. Both the Hamburg Stealers and Cologne Cardinals have picked up new head coaches.


The coaches, Tim Crow and Carlos Mirabal, are both American. Crow, who has coached on the high school and college levels, takes the position from Devery van der Keere who moved out of country at the end of last year. Mirabel coached in the states last season with the Rockland Boulders, an independent team in New York.


First baseman Michael Stephan has left the Munich Haar Disciples to join the Regensburg Legionäre. Stephan spent nine seasons with the Disciples where he was a player, player/coach and, most recently, managing director for the team.



In-Country Moves


There have also been some additional transactions, within leagues, since our January update. We're breaking them down, by country, for you here.


Czech Republic

Terrell Joyce

Prior Team/Country: Draci Brno

Current Team/Country: Ostrava Arrows

Position: 3B

Citizenship: USA

Germany

Riley Barr

Prior Team: Mainz Athletics

Current Team: Bonn Capitals

Position: RHP

Citizenship: USA


José Palacios

Prior Team: Munich Haar Disciples

Current Team: Regensburg Legionäre

Position: Outfield

Citizenship: Argentina

Italy

Eduard Pirvu

Prior Team/Country: Oltretorrente Parma . Italy

Current Team/Country: Parma Clima . Italy

Position: RHP

Citizenship: Romania

Netherlands

Melvin Perdue

Prior Team: Oosterhout Twins

Current Team: Curaçao Neptunus Rotterdam

Position: Utility Infielder

Citizenship: USA


Softball


Lisa Maulden

Prior Team/Country: Budapest Reds . Hungary

Current Team/Country: Sparks Haarlem . The Netherlands

Position: Utility Infielder

Citizenship: USA


Currently in her fifth season as an import player, utility player Maulden is heading back from a winter in New Zealand to suit up with the Dutch.



Across Europe


Several leagues have released both spring training and game plans for the coming season. You can find details for all these games on our Events page over the course of the season.

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