With the end of the transaction period in Belgian baseball just behind us, it is time to pay attention to the several clubs in Division 1 and to the players they acquired and those who they lost. Today, we pay attention to the thirteen-time Belgian champion Brasschaat Braves.
Brasschaat Braves dealt with several players that left the club for greener pastures. Catcher Axel Poesmans joins Oosterhout Twins in the Netherlands, utility player Lucas Rizzi heads to reigning champion Hoboken Pioneers, and catcher Jens Boermans joins Borgerhout Squirrels.
What did the Braves get in return for the players that left?
First of all, infielder Yarno Voets. But Voets isn’t completely new to the team, as he had a cup of coffee with the flagship team last season. To reinforce the outfield, Braves has lured Tibo Soebert from Mortsel Stars. Soebert batted a decent .292 with two triples, three doubles and fourteen RBI. Tibo is also a threat on the basepaths as he stole twenty-two bases last season.
Sem Staub is coming from Oosterhout Twins to play infield with the Bravs. Staub played for the farm team of Twins, so no online stats are available. Braves also got two pitchers from abroad. Jackson Longhofer pitched with the Baldham Boars in the German 2nd Bundesliga. From the other side of the Big Pond, Hunter Cooper will join the team. The Canadian-born is a two-way player who will pitch and play the infield (mainly the corners).
The Braves are still negotiating with another player from abroad to fill the void at the position of catcher.
I’d like to thank Braves manager Kevin Peeters for the much-needed information to write this blog post. Your help is appreciated as always.