Monday, July 7, 2008

Osterbrock named Apply League Pitcher of the Week

Dan Osterbrock was named Pitcher for the Week for the Appalachian League.

Complete games are a rarity in the Class A Short-Season and Rookie levels of the Minors, as strict pitch counts typically make them impossible. They demand efficiency and dominance, and only two have been recorded this season in the Appalachian League.

One of them was by Osterbrock last week as he limited Bristol to two runs -- one earned -- over nine innings in a 6-3 Elizabethon win. The left-hander struck out a career-high nine batters without issuing a walk as he scattered three hits. It was his second win of the week after throwing five shutout innings and allowing two hits on Monday.

The southpaw has shown an affinity for shutting down right-handed hitters, whom he has held to a .156 average with 22 strikeouts in 64 at-bats.

The 6'3", 190lb lefty was the Twins 7th round draft pick, 216th over-all from the University of Cincinnati.

On a side, and somewhat sad, note the Twins released injury plagued Aussie Kyle Edlich. The lefty signed as free agent with the Twins in October of 2003. In 2005, the Geelong native went 4-2 with a 1.70 ERA in 10 outings, including nine starts, with Gulf Coast League Twins. He was named to the post season All-star team and made a brief appearance in two relief outing for the Class-A Advanced Fort Myers Miralce where he was 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA.

Edlich had been sidelined the last two season and began 2008 on the Appalachian League's DL list.

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