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Great Britain players in Europe: June 2009 update

by Joe Gray


Back in May, I looked at players from the GB programme who were involved in top-tier baseball leagues in continental Europe this season. Below I present news of some additional players.

Country: The Netherlands

Matt McGraw (DOOR Neptunus, 2nd place)

McGraw,who made his GB debut in Belgium last weekend, has been playing catcher, outfielder, and designated hitter for DOOR Neptunus, a historically solid Dutch outift that currently features ex-Major Leaguer Eugène Kingsale in its line-up. There are also two members of the GB programme playing for non-Hoofdklasse teams: Stephen Spragg is pitching for the Euro Stars in the second tier, while Brook Coatsworth is pitching for Olympia Haarlem in the third tier.

Country: Germany
Bundesliga South

Raef Hobbs-Brown (Mainz Athletics, 6th place)

Hobbs-Brown has pitched and played at five other positions, appearing most commonly in left field and then at shortstop. Over 67 plate appearances to date he has batted a respectable .281/.368/.373. He has amassed 10.0 innings on the mound across six relief appearances and picked up one win. He has an earned-run average of 6.30.

Country: Croatia
Hrvatskog Baseball Saveza

Gary Tongue (Zagreb, 2nd place)

Tongue, a starting pitcher, has a 2-1 record and a 2.87 earned-run average. He has struck out nine, walked nine, and given up 12 hits in 15.2 innings.

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