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Netherlands: Mr. Cocker HCAW Signs Venezuelan Tony Granadillo

Netherlands: Mr. Cocker HCAW Signs Venezuelan Tony Granadillo

NETHERLANDS – The Dutch Major League club Mr. Cocker HCAW has inked former Boston Red Sox farmhand Tony Granadillo for the upcoming 2011 season. HCAW finished in fifth-place last year with a 19-23 record.

The 26-year old Venezuelan slugger batted .477 (63-for-132) last year for San Inazio to capture the Spanish League batting title. He also tallied 18 extra-base hits (10 doubles and eight home runs) with 40 runs scored and 34 RBIs in his maiden season in Spain.

Granadillo was signed as an undrafted free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001. He began his professional career with the Johnson City Cardinals (Appalachian League), and was selected as an All-Star third baseman.

In 2002, he was acquired by the Red Sox in the Rule 5 draft in the minor league phase. Granadillo, who reached the Triple-A level in 2008 when he played in one game for the Pawtucket Red Sox, has suited up for the Gulf Coast Red Sox, Greenville Bombers, Lancaster JetHawks, and the Portland Sea Dogs.

Granadillo will join fellow Venezuelan national teamers Dirimo Chavez and Roger Luque in Bussum this season.

Photo courtesy of San Inazio Baseball

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Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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