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Professional Pitcher Joins LVBL

Date:  Source: Lehigh Valley Baseball League

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A pitcher in the San Diego Padres organization has joined the Lehigh Valley Baseball League.

Gabe Mosser will play the 2020 season for the Salisbury Falcons in the LVBL’s Premier Division.

"The whole team is super excited to have a professional to learn from. We have a high school senior Quin Wermkessel and Dan Findlay who will be catching Gabe so it’s an unbelievable experience for us," Falcons manager Brad Vangeli said.

The Padres chose Mosser in the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft after the 2014 Parkland High School graduate posted several standout seasons at Shippensburg University.

Across stops at low Single-A and high Single-A in the Padres system in 2019, Mosser posted a 7-5 record while recording more strikeouts than innings pitched with a 4.17 ERA in 108 innings pitched.

Fort Wayne manager Anthony Contreras before the 2019 season credited Mosser’s maturity and control. Among Mosser’s chief strengths is limiting walks, as he only 2 free passes every 9 innings.

"He’s an older, mature college guy that can throw strikes," Contreras

The Falcons are also rostering former Morning Call Player of the Year Justin Aungst, who played college ball at Division-I St. Joseph's University.

"We have a nice mix of players this year and we will all absorb and work toward becoming the best team we can be. We are all juiced," said Vangeli, whose club is composed primarily of Salisbury High School graduates, including Vangeli himself.

Mosser's debut will mark what is believed to be the first time that a current professional player will play in the LVBL -- although LVBL has been home to former and future pros before.

The LVBL's most recent pro is pitcher Mosser is the second high-profile arm to join the LVBL this offseason. Alec Huertas, a Freedom High School graduate pitching for the Division-I Long Island University Sharks, joined the LVBL's Angels in the AA Division.