New Venezuelan pitcher for HCAW
BUSSUM (Neth.) -
Mr. Cocker HCAW has welcomed Venezuelan pitcher Moises Levi Melendez Izaguirre to its roster, after the lefthander arrived on Schiphol Airport on Friday.
Melendez is the replacement for Venezuelan Roger Luque, who initially was scheduled to come to Bussum.
The 24-year old Melendez, who was born in Maracaibo, pitched six years professionally, including five in the organization of the Philadelphia Phillies.
After signing a contract, he made his professional debut pitching Tronconero, a Rookie League-team of the Phillies in the Venezuelan Summer League at age 18.
Het then pitched for another Rookie League Team of the Phillies in the Venezuelan Summer League in 2005.
There, he was 3-0 with one save, throwing in 13 games (six starts) and striking out 68 in 47 innings, while giving up only 29 basehits, but walked 34 batters.
In 2006, Melendez again played in Venezuela for the Phillies.
This time, he was 8-2 with a 2.18 ERA and threw in 15 games (all starts).
In 90 2/3 inning, the lefthander struckout 104 batters, walked 33 and gave up 72 hits.
In 2007, he pitched for two teams and became a reliever.
He started the season in Florida for another Rookie League-team of the Phillies (1-1 in four games), then was promoted to Single-A Short Season, pitching in nine games for the Williamsport Crosscutters, where he was 1-0.
In this season, he struckout 26 batters in 27 2/3 inning.
In 2008, Melendez pitched for the Lakewood Blue Claws, the Single-A Team of the Phillies and was 4-3 with a 3.00 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 75 innings, appearing in 35 games, including one as starter.
He then was released by the Phillies, but pitched professionally in 2009 for the Florence Freedom in an Independent League.
There, he was 4-4 with a 3.88 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 69 2/3 inning, being the starting pitcher in 12 games.