According to mister-baseball.com, Dutch pitcher Mike Bolsenbroek will join the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League for the 2019/2020 season.
The 32-year old Bolsenbroek joined the Regensburg Legionäre in 2008 and except for the two years he spent in the US with the organization of the Philadelphia Phillies, he played with the Legionäre ever since. Bolsenbroek pitched a total of 882.2 innings in 147 games in which posted an ERA of 2.06 and struck out 983 batters for the club from Eastern Bavaria. In January of this year, it was announced that the Dutch national team player would join the Heidenheim Heideköpfe, a decision he would not regret as he won this year’s German Championship with his new club.
The Brisbane Bandits are the reigning champions of the ABL as they won their fourth consecutive championship.
This year, Bolsenbroek had a very busy year. Next to playing for Heidenheim, that also won the CEB cup and regained a spot in the European Champions Cup for Germany, he played for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in this year’s European Championship, the Olympic Qualifier and last week in the Premier 12.
During the European Championship, Bolsenbroek made two appearances in which he pitched 3.2 innings, allowed two runs on five hits, walked two, and struck out three.
With the Heidenheim Heideköpfe, Bolsenbroek had a solid season. He posted a 6-2 record with a 1.86 ERA, 63 innings pitched and 88 strikeouts.
Bolsenbroek would be the second Dutchy to join the Bandits after late Loek van Mil joined the club last season after spending the previous three years with the Adelaide Bite, the club that has been renamed Adelaide Giants recently.
Thanks to two teammates, who play with the Bandits (Justin Erasmus and Andrew Campbell), Mike got into contact with the Bandits, who eventually hired him for the upcoming season.