Posted on 29 November 2009.
An accomplished American import shortstop and a former Penn State University southpaw headline the first installment of the 2010 BaseballdeWorld Free Agent Directory for ballplayers seeking to play overseas in Europe next spring.
BaseballdeWorld, a one-stop website for the latest baseball news from around the globe, will spotlight several free agent players hoping to land a European baseball gig every two weeks until next spring.
FREE AGENT DIRECTORY POSTINGS:
Part 1: Nov. 29
Part 2: Dec. 13
Part 3: Dec. 27
Part 4: Jan. 10
Part 5: Jan. 24
Part 6: Feb. 07
Part 7: Feb. 21
Former Austin College shortstop and team captain Dennis Kelly has already showcased his skills in top leagues in Sweden, Australia and France. European clubs desiring a middle infielder or centerfielder with great leadership qualities and a strong bat should not wait too long before contacting this Lone Star State product.
Another top free agent, Michael Lorentson, is a former draft pick of the San Diego Padres who started 24 games with Division I Penn State University during his collegiate career. It’s a good bet that this southpaw could solidfy more than a few pitching rotations in Europe next season.
• DENNIS KELLY, USA
Dennis is a 5’10″ shortstop who was a four-year varsity starter at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. The 25-year-old finished his collegiate career with 38 doubles, 13 home runs, and a .350 batting average. A team captain from 2004-2006 who set several school records , Dennis was a 1st team All-American (West Region) his senior season.
The Lewisville, Texas native has also enjoyed success playing overseas in recent years with the Karlskoga Bats (Swedish League), Sandringham Royals (Vodafone State League, Australia) and the Montpellier Barracudas (French League).
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• MICHAEL LORENTSON, USA
Michael is a 6’4″ left-hander who posted an 8-15 record in three seasons at NCAA Division I Penn State University (2005-2009). The 23-year-old started 24 games during his final two years with the Nittany Lions and racked up 74 strikeouts in 128 innings with 52 walks.
The Springfield, Pennsylvania native was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2004 but did not sign. He also pitched 10 innings for the New Jersey Jackals of the Canadian American Baseball League.
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• JOSE CASTILLO OJEDA, VENEZUELA
Jose is a former Boston Red Sox minor leaguer who has played in Colombia, Czech Republic, Switzerland (2004-2005), Belgium (2007) and Austria (2008-2009). The 32-year-old player/coach is a versatile performer who can play catcher, first base, and pitch.
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• JOHN WYBORNY, USA
John is a 6’2″ pitcher who compiled a 17-10 record with 190 strikeouts in 237 innings at Denison University (2004-08). The California native, who has a fastball that ranges from 84-86 mph, was selected as the Most Valuable Freshmen in 2005 and Most Valuable Pitcher in 2008. The 24-year-old former 2nd Team All-NCAC perfomer can also play third base.
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• HENRY EKPOTO, NIGERIA
Henry is a 6’3″ pitcher on the Nigerian national baseball team who describes himself as the “best pitcher in West Africa.” He reportedly possesses an 87 mph fastball with a good curveball.
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• JASON SIERRA, USA
Jason is a 6’5″ right-hander who reportedly has been clocked at 88-91 mph. The 19-year-old California native who attends Monterey Peninsula College can also play third base.
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• GENE BOWLES, USA
Gene (pictured) is a 5’11″ right-hander who attended the College of Southern Maryland (2005-2007). The 22-year-old Hollywood, Maryland native also plays second base.
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Photo courtesy of Gene Bowles/College of Southern Maryland