A familiar face… in the paddock!

Un visage familier... dans l’enclos!

THREE-RIVERS — Fans of the Eagles of Trois-Rivières, you’re not seeing things. Brenden Webb is well and truly back with the training of T. J. Stanton. After a season 2017 disappointing, the old hope of the Baltimore Orioles, and the Nationals of Washington will try this time to deliver the goods… on the mound!

Since the beginning of training camp, the U.s. 28-year-old hopes to convince the management of a place for him in the enclosure of the levator. For Webb, it is a return on the mound, where he has already worked regularly in high school. “It’s been 10 years that I have not launched regularly in a competitive environment. When I started earlier in my career, I had success. In addition, it is something that my father always wanted me to do. I’m very glad that T. J. and Matt (Rusch) is offering me this opportunity.”

In recent years, Webb has come troubleshoot two times to the mound, and not a bad job. In 2015, with the Keys of Frederick – a training level Was+ attached to the Baltimore Orioles – he had pitched three innings giving up one earned run, four hits and a base on balls in addition to succeed a withdrawal on three catches. Then, last year, he has been in office for a round during the catastrophic defeat of 23-1 face the Quebec Capitales. He had allowed a single point, not earned, on a hit, a base on balls and a withdrawal to the stick.

Relying on a fastball that can reach 93 miles an hour, the left-hander has pleasantly surprised the manager of the Birds to the training. His first release preliminary round on Saturday in Sherbrooke, however, has not been as convincing. “He was bothered by an injury. But he was still holding to launch. This shows how he is a competitor. He wanted at all costs to launch, even though he knew they would show it under its best day,” explains Stanton.

Some wonder why the organization offers a chance to a guy who has not started since 10 years rather than using another launcher recruit via the market for free agents. T. J. Stanton describes willingly his decision. “There’s not a lot of recruits who can throw 92-93 miles an hour. It offers very good upside. In addition, he is a great leader in the room”, he says, noting, however, that if Webb did not meet expectations, they will be prompted to fold bag, on the same basis as any other player.

New start
Last year, Webb was landed at Three Rivers, with a reputation as a hitter formidable. In 84 matches, however, it has not been able to play to the height, settling for a batting average of ,192, with 55 hits, 31 rbis and, most importantly, 110 withdrawals at the stick.

“It was very difficult as well as season. You want to perform for you, but also for the team, the supporters and the city. There was a lot of hope on me, and I have not responded to the expectations. I showed up every day hoping to get the desired results. Regardless of the reasons, it didn’t work.”

And then, towards the end of the summer, Webb began to consider a transition to the bullpen. “You get to a certain point in your career where you say to yourself that even if you like to play, it does not go in the right direction. Statistically, I have not had the best year in 2017. But my arm is in great shape and I believe that it is a scenario that can be beneficial both for me and for the team. Every thing happens for a reason. Maybe the reason why I had such difficulty over the past year, it was to allow me to accomplish as a pitcher here this year,” smiles the native of San Diego, who has also worn the colours of the Miners of Sussex County and Boulders of Rockland in the League Can-Am.

Notebook
The Eagles will compete in their last tough game on Tuesday afternoon in front of the Champions in Ottawa… reliever Shaun Ellis is arrived at Trois-Rivières on Friday and will try to action at the duel in the federal capital… The Dominican Angel Rincon, another member of the bullpen, is expected in town Wednesday or Thursday… The manager of T. J. Stanton has made the acquisition of reliever Taylor Hyssong, Explorers of Sioux City, in return for future considerations. The left-hander 6pi 4 ” has spent the last two seasons in the League of recruits with the organization of the Atlanta Braves.

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