Thursday, March 1, 2012

Ex-Seal Bibens-Dirkx in spring camp with Nationals

Photo courtesy of Christian Stewart
After declaring free agency and turning a few heads with a dominant performance in the Venezuelan Winter League, former Victoria Seals pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx was signed to a minor-league contract by the Washington Nationals in January. The Nationals then rewarded his efforts by inviting him to attend spring training with the club in Viera, Florida as a non-roster invitee.

Over the winter, Bibens-Dirkx led the Venezuelan Winter League in wins (7) and posted a sparkling 2.19 ERA. He also struck out 51 batters and only walked 22 in 78 innings pitched, while holding opponents to a paltry .201 batting average.

Bibens-Dirkx had been part of the Chicago Cubs systems since he was signed in July 2009 after mowing down Golden Baseball League hitters while a member of the Victoria Seals. If all goes well, Bibens-Dirkx could become the second ex-Seal to make the big leagues (Dane De La Rosa was the first). The Nationals are set to start their exhibition schedule tomorrow afternoon with a game against Georgetown University. Best of luck in spring training, Austin!

1 comment:

  1. On Friday, Bibens-Dirkx started the spring off impressively. He pitched one perfect inning of relief against the Georgetown Hoyas and struck out the side. He was one of five Washington pitchers who combined on a four-hit shutout of the Hoyas. The Nationals dressed mainly minor-leaguers against their over-matched opponent.