Sioux Falls Pheasants add Pitcher to 2012 Roster

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SIOUX FALLS – The Sioux Falls Pheasants signed former Toronto Blue Jays prospect Andrew Liebel on Wednesday, bringing their 2012 roster to near completion.  Liebel was a third-round draft choice of the Blue Jays in 2008. The right-hander spent four seasons in Toronto’s system, progressing quickly to Double-A New Hampshire in 2009. Liebel split the 2011 season across three levels, going 4-4 with a 4.33 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched.  There will be at least two faces familiar to Liebel in his first venture into independent baseball; he reunites with Pheasants catcher Al Quintana, a former teammate in the Blue Jays system. And Pheasants newly-signed pitcher Cody Evans was a college teammate with Liebel at Long Beach State, where Liebel was a 2008 National Pitcher of the Year Candidate and Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year.

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