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Loek van Mil optioned to Double-A

...Loek van Mil...
...when pitching in Single-A...
...for the Beloit Snappers...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
TEMPE, Arizona (USA) - Dutch pitcher Loek van Mil today (March 15) was optioned to the Arkansas Travelers, the Double-A team of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Just like Halman a day before, Van Mil was optioned to the Double-A team, meaning that the Angels can recall him to the Major League-team at any moment.

Van Mil was on the 40-man roster of the Angels during Spring Training and appeared in one official game. On March 10, he came on in relief on a split-squad game against the Kansas City Royals, as the fifth Angel-pitcher in the game and replacing Francisco Rodriguez. After seven complete innings, the Angels were leading 3-2 when Van Mil entered the game in the top of the eighth inning. Jamie Romak, the first batter he faced, flied out, but then next hitter Nick Van Stratten reached on an error. The bases were loaded when Van Mil walked David Lough and Brett Carroll. Next, the tall 26-year old righthander gave up a single to Mike Moustakas that gave the Royals two runs and a 4-3 lead. Hereafter, Van Mil, who was credited with a Blown Save, was relieved and went to become the losing pitcher.

Last year, his fifth as a professional, Van Mil started the season in the organization of the Minnesota Twins and pitched in three games for the Single-A team and 23 games for the Double-A team. In these games, Van Mil is 1-2, has a 6.37 ERA and struckout 21 batters in 29 2/3 inning. In August, Van Mil is traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, where he pitches in one game for its Double-A team.

(March 15)

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