HOT STOVE REPORT: “He’s a Goat,” Billy Goats sign Abegg for 2019
The off-season is here and in preparation for the 2019 ORWBL season, we will be taking a look at all the big signings, trades, and transactions from around the league as they happen this offseason.
OSCEOLA - After losing starting centerfielder and backup pitcher Daivyn Davis to crosstown rival Granger, the Twin Branch Billy Goats wasted no time finding a replacement in third year pitcher Kadin Abegg.
The young knuckler really began to take form towards the end of the season. His hot bat and stellar pitching allowed him to be a key contributor on the Muffs’ Hometown Days team, as well as other late season tournament teams.
Abegg, who spent the 2018 season with the Saugany Lake Landsharks, took a huge step up this past season in his first year playing in ORWBL consistently. In 14 games Abegg hit .410 to go along with 10 homeruns. His biggest impact, however, came on the mound.
Anyone who watched the Landsharks can attest that his pitching was an integral part in their run to the #2 seed in the National League.
Abegg spent the season primarily as Saugany Lake’s #2 starter and that was a role he absolutely thrived in. As a change of pace, game two starter, Abegg went 5-1 with an 8.66 ERA. Those are good numbers by any standard and his ability to throw teams off of starter Mikey Smith was a underrated aspect to the Landsharks success.
As for Abegg’s role on Twin Branch, he’s expected to be a part of the Billy Goats’ main six and to see even more action then he did this past year. With Kadin as a change of pace for 2018 Cy Young winner Andrew Doran, the Billy Goats may boast one of the best 1-2 punches in the entire league on the bump.