Three Newcomers Join Barnstormers Pitching StaffMarch 23, 2010 - Atlantic League (AtL) Lancaster Barnstormers
Former New York Mets organization right-handers Jose Sanchez and Tim McNab and left-hander Daniel Brauer, who spent the past four seasons in the Philadelphia system, all come to the Atlantic League for the first time in their careers.
Sanchez, 25, won 10 or more games in a season three times in the Mets minor league system, including a career-best 13 with Class AA Binghamton in 2008, finishing second in the Eastern League in that category. The Venezuela native fired 133 or more innings in four consecutive seasons before being limited to only 81 2/3 innings of work last season due to illness. He recovered during this past winter and was 4-0 with a 3.24 ERA for Magallanes in the Venezuelan League. Sanchez has a career strikeout/walk ratio of 2.5.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing (Sanchez) compete," said Herr. "He was showing great promise two years ago before being sidetracked by mono(nucleosis) last winter. His outstanding performance in the Venezuela Winter League indicates that he is back in top form."
McNab, 29, was signed by the Mets in 2002 out of Florida Atlantic University where he was a teammate of 2009 Barnstormers outfielder L.J. Biernbaum. The Florida native pitched largely in relief in the Mets system, including a portion or all of four seasons at the Class AAA level, including a 5-4 mark and 4.03 ERA at Buffalo in 2009. Of his 300 career appearances, 198 have come at the Class AA or AAA level. McNab has a career strikeout/walk ratio of 2.4.
"All reports indicate that (McNab) is a strike throwing 'bulldog' reliever that I think will really solidify the bullpen," Herr continued. "I see him as a key setup guy to get us to the end of games."
Brauer, 26, pitched for former Barnstormer pitching coach Bill Bliss at Class A Batavia in 2006 and went 3-4 with a 1.96 ERA in 10 starts and one relief appearance, allowing only 39 hits in 55.0 innings while striking out 65. The former Northwestern Wildcat has pitched largely in relief the last two seasons for Class A Clearwater in the Florida State League.
"Finally, (Brauer) is a hard throwing left-hander with strikeout stuff," Herr added. "He has shown to be very difficult to hit when on, and we are counting on him to be one of our starters."
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