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Hoofddorp Pioniers adds lefthanded pitcher Ryan Oduber to roster

HOOFDDORP (Neth.) - Hoofddorp Pioniers has added lefthanded pitcher Ryan Oduber to its active roster. The addition was confirmed by the club on Tuesday (March 20) after the 20-year Aruban pitcher arrived earlier in the day.

...Ryan Oduber pitching for the Netherlands in February...
...last year in Arizona, where the Orange...
...squad prepared for the World Baseball Classic...
(© Photo: Freek Bouw/Phrake Photography)
Coming weekend, Oduber will be with the team when it is one of the four participating teams in the Jan van de Vegte Memorial Tournament, which is annually organized by De Hazenkamp in Nijmegen. There, Pioniers will play against the hosting club, but also against fellow-big league-club HCAW and Brasschaat Braves from Belgium.

Currently, Pioniers has four other lefthanders on its roster: Gilian van Lith, Dion Steijl and rookies Andrew Wanapa and Morris Wiesemann.

Oduber played professionally in 2015-2017 in the organization of the Boston Red Sox. In two of his three professional seasons, Oduber played at the Rookie League-level.

In 2015 and 2016, he pitched for the Rookie League-team of the Red Sox, which was based in the Dominican Republic. In 2016, he also played for the Red Sox Rookies in Florida. Last year, Oduber pitched in Single-A Short Season for Lowell Spinners. There, he was 2-2 with one save and a 5.40 ERA. In 31 2/3 inning, the lefthander struckout 27 batters.

In his three professional seasons, Oduber was primarily used as a reliever. Overall, he appeared in 46 games and started only two of them in his first season. In three years, Oduber was 10-4 with three saves and a 3.27 ERA. He pitched 126 2/3 inning, struckout 103 hitters and walked only 28, while giving up 132 basehits.

On January 9, Oduber was released and now will make his debut this season in the Dutch big league.

In February last year, Oduber was on the preliminary roster of the Netherlands Kingdom Team for the World Baseball Team. He then participated with the Orange squad in a Training Camp in Arizona. There, he pitched in relief in two exhibition games. He faced the professional South Korean-squad NC Dinos in his debut and also threw against the team of Gateway Community College.

After completion of the Training Camp, Oduber didn't made the final roster for the World Baseball Classic. However, he was one of ten pitchers in the so-called Designated Pitcher Pool, making him eligible to be added to the squad in case of an injury.

Ryan Oduber is the nephew of outfielder Randolph Oduber, who played for Neptunus during the 2016 season.

(March 20)

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