As the 2012/2013 season quickly approaches, the Sydney Blue Sox are pleased to announce their first import player from the United States, Tyler Herr of the Minnesota Twins organisation.
Herr, a right-handed pitcher, just completed his third season in the Twins' system, posting a 3-0 record with a 2.56 ERA in 21 appearances for the Appalachian League champions Elizabethton Twins. All of his outings came out of the bullpen, and the Katy, Texas native has been strong over his three seasons in the Twins' minor league system, posting career numbers of 8-4 with a 3.38 ERA. Through 90 career innings pitched, Herr has allowed just 87 hits while striking out 74.
"I had the pleasure of working with Tyler this past Spring Training and he will be a welcome addition to our bullpen," Blue Sox manager Jason Pospishil said. "He has a power sinker in the 93-95 mph range with a good slider and developing change-up. More importantly, he has a tremendous work ethic and will be a great teammate for the remainder of the roster. There is no doubt in my mind that he will have a great year and contribute to the team in a positive manner."
The 6'8" relief pitcher was originally drafted by Minnesota in 44th round of the 2009 draft, before seeing his first playing time in 2010 for the Gulf Coast League Twins at the age of just 19.
ABL teams are allowed to have up to six import players on the 35-man roster, and a maximum of four import players in the lineup at any given time.
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