Toronto Adds Tak / Dustin / EE and JT this month
The Toronto Maple Leaf (IBL) team has been busy the past few days adding some IBL All-stars and some new blood to there roster.
It began with the addition of Right Handed Pitcher Julian Tymochko ( Etobicoke,On). Julian was a standout at McMaster University before spending the 2021 and 2022 summer's pitching in the Western Canadian Baseball League. In 2022 with Okotoks Julian went 5-2 with an ERA of 3.44. This helped him earn a job for 2023 in the Frontier League with Quebec where he pitched in 4 games before signing with Welland of the IBL. Julian pitched briefly in 2021 with Hamilton of the IBL with a 1-0 record and ERA of 4.82 in 9.1 Innings. Welland allowed Julian to play closer to home and joins the Leafs for the 2023 season.
The next big surprise came a few days later to see former IBL MVP/All-Star and Leaf Manager Garrett Takamatsu return to the Toronto lineup as an everyday player. Garrett was with the Quebec Capitaels of the Frontier League but had been in-active due to an injury. In 2022 Garrett hit .291 (37-127) in 40 Games in Quebec. In his IBL career Tak has an average of .379 (92-243) with 13 HR's and 56 RBI's.
Earlier this week Toronto added Right Handed Pitcher Evan Elliott ( Toronto, On). The 6'3", 210 lb, 22 year old was drafted in the 15th Round by the Texas Rangers. Evan has spent part of 3 seasons in the Ranger's minor league system racking up 24 strikeouts in 15.1 IP. The hard throwing righty has a ton of talent and hopefully will start to reach his potential.
Now, Finally the Leafs are glad to add Lefty Veteran Dustin Richardson back to the lineup. Richardson who spent 09-10 with the Boston Red Sox and has spent many years with the Leafs is healthy and looking to strengthen the Leafs pitching staff.
"The greatest thing about adding Dustin, is I think his experience and knowledge are going to really help Elliott and Tymochko along with the other younger arms reach there potential faster. He is like adding a pitching coach, not just a great pitcher. " GM Jeff Lounsbury. " We have already seen what Tak means to our lineup. The righthanded bat, evens out our roster a bit, but he has meant so much in the clubhouse as well."
The Leafs have a busy week playing 5 Games in 6 days.
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