Another Gateway Grizzlies player signed with a Major League Baseball team Friday when right-handed relief pitcher Brandon Texiera joined the Milwaukee Brewers organization.
Texiera, 24, signed with the Grizzlies earlier this week. He is a 2016 graduate of LSU-Shreveport (NAIA), where he went 8-3 with a 3.66 ERA in his final year.
Texiera is the second Grizzlies player to be picked up by an MLB organization this season. Both have been right-handed relievers.
Will Lamarche, whose 2.01 ERA anchored the Gateway bullpen last season, signed with the San Francisco Giants in May. The Giants assigned Lamarche to high-A San Jose, where he’s 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA over 16 innings. He’s struck out 13 and walked one.
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Another 2016 Grizzlies pitcher, Trevor Richards, is having an outstanding 2017 in affiliated ball. Richards, who signed with the Miami Marlins last July, was named a Florida State League All-Star this year. Richards is 7-4 with a 2.17 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP this year. He had struck out 81 batters against 12 walks in 70 2/3 innings with the high-A Jupiter Hammerheads.
Since 2001, the Grizzlies have sent 41 players to MLB organizations.