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Former Major League Pitcher Virgil Vasquez Joins Aces
11/16/2015 11:36 PM ET
 

The Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces are pleased to announce the addition of former Major League pitcher Virgil Vasquez to the roster as a player and pitching coach.

Vasquez pitched 19 games in the Major Leagues for the Detroit Tigers in 2007 and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009. The righty has won 111 professional baseball games in 12 seasons between 2003 and 2014.

In the Australian Baseball League, Vasquez has experience pitching with Perth and Adelaide. He defeated the Aces in the 2012 ConocoPhillips ABL Championship Series and was named the Most Valuable Player. He had a 4-3 record in nine games with the Heat the following year and made one start for Adelaide last season.

"I always loved visiting Melbourne when I came here on the road," Vasquez said. "Everyone was always very friendly and welcoming at Melbourne Ballpark, even as a visiting player. The city life is great here as well. I look forward to helping the team and city in any way I can."

The Santa Barbara, California native was selected by the Tigers in the seventh round of the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition to playing in Tigers and Pirates farm systems, Vasquez also spent time in the Rays and Twins organisations, reaching the Triple-A level for both clubs.

In August 2014, Vasquez threw a seven-inning no-hitter for Double-A New Britain (Twins affiliate) against Harrisburg. Following the season, he accepted an offer to become the new pitching coach for the Twins' Rookie-level Gulf Coast League team in 2015.

"It is an incredible opportunity to work under Twins bench coach Joe Vavra with the Aces," Vasquez said. "He is an outstanding leader and I am excited to learn a lot working with him."

Vasquez brings a mix of Major League, Minor League, and ABL pitching experience to Melbourne along with a year of Minor League coaching experience. He will be an excellent addition to the Aces for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

The Aces head on the road for a four-game series against the Canberra Elite Cavalry before returning home to Melbourne Ballpark on Friday, 27 November for another four-game series against the Alcohol.Think Again Perth Heat. Click here to purchase tickets or call 8360 9371 for more information.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.