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.
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.
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