ITALY – The Italian Baseball League club T&A San Marino have come to terms with former New York Yankees farmhand Wuillians Vasquez and American pitcher Pete Avvento for the 2011 season.
The 27-year-old switch hitter, who suited up for the Titans in 2008 and 2009, batted .229 with 18 home runs and 117 RBIs in four minor league seasons.
The Acarigua, Venezuela native played in the Dutch League with Mr. Cocker HCAW in 2010 and hit .376 to finish second in the batting race.
Avvento, a 5-foot-7-inch, 160-pound southpaw, completed his second season with the Federal Serie A club Rebecchi Piacenza and led the Wolves in ERA (2.25) and strikeouts (53), and finished in the top 10 in 15 pitching categories.
The 21-year-old also made a successful transition switch from the team’s closer to starting pitcher in midseason, and went 5-1 down the stretch.
GROSSETO NAME NEW SKIPPER
Montepaschi Grosseto has hired Enrico Vecchi to replace manager Ruggero Bagialemani for the 2011 IBL season. Bagialemani declined options for 2011 and 2012 last month and has left the Orioles club.
Vecchi is a 40-year-old former outfielder who played in Italy’s top league from 1988-98. He played 354 games with Grosseto as a player and helped the club capture the IBL crown in 1989.