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IBL UPDATE: Knights Ink Villalobos

ITALY – The Godo Knights of the Italian Baseball League (IBL) have signed former minor leaguer Carlos Villalobos (pictured) for the 2010 IBL season. The Colombian utility player enjoyed a six-year career in the farm systems of the Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros.

The 34-year-old arrives on the old continent after successful stints with several U.S. indy league teams, as well as in the professional leagues in Colombia, Mexico and Taiwan.

Telemarket Rimini has signed veteran Australian infielder/outfielder Clinton Balgera for the upcoming IBL season. The Pirates finished the 2009 regular season tied atop the IBL standings with Fortitudo Bologna.

The 34-year-old, who is projected to play first base for coach Mauro Mazzotti, is no stranger to the IBL and played in Italy for seven seasons (2002-08) with Parma and Rimini. In 316 IBL games, Balgera has a career .281 batting average.

Montepaschi Grosseto has signed American pitcher William Horn. The New York native previously pitched in the IBL with T&A San Marino in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 9-11 record with a 3.91 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 147 1/3 innings.

Photo courtesy of Yuma Scorpions

(IBL Update is a BaseballdeWorld regular feature by freelance writer Dave Charleston)

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