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Dustin Douglas Molleken (born August 21, 1984) is a Canadian professional baseball pitcher for the Québec Capitales of the Can-Am League. He has played in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, and in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Detroit Tigers. Molleken has also competed for the Canadian national baseball team.

Dustin Molleken
Québec Capitales – No. 35
Pitcher
Born: (1984-08-21) August 21, 1984 (age 34)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Professional debut
NPB: August 2, 2012, for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
MLB: July 4, 2016, for the Detroit Tigers
NPB statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record2–1
Earned run average3.38
Strikeouts23
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average4.32
Strikeouts8
Teams

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CareerEdit

Molleken attended Cochrane High School in Regina, Saskatchewan, and Lethbridge Community College in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 15th round (435th overall) of the 2003 Major League Baseball draft.

Colorado RockiesEdit

Following the 2010 season, Molleken signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies. He re-signed with the Rockies after the 2011 season, receiving an invitation to spring training in 2012.[1]

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

On July 22, 2013, Molleken signed a minor-league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and reported to the teams AAA franchise in Nashville.

Cleveland IndiansEdit

Molleken signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians on November 18, 2014.

Detroit TigersEdit

On December 23, 2015, Molleken signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers. On June 20, 2016, Molleken had his contract purchased and was added to the 25-man roster when journeyman Casey McGehee was designated for assignment.[2] He was optioned back to Triple-A three days later without having appeared in a game. He was recalled,[3] and made his major league debut on July 4. On November 9, Molleken elected free agency after being outrighted off the 40-man roster.[4] He signed a new minor league contract on November 18, 2016.[5] He was released on June 28, 2017.[6]

Somerset PatriotsEdit

On July 3, 2017, Molleken signed with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He became a free agent after the 2017 season. On February 23, 2018, Molleken re-signed with the Somerset Patriots.

Québec CapitalesEdit

On November 1, 2018, Molleken signed with the Québec Capitales of the Can-Am League for the 2019 season.

International careerEdit

Molleken has played for the Canada national baseball team.

In 2011, he participated in the 2011 Baseball World Cup, winning the bronze medal, and the Pan American Games, winning the gold medal.[7]

On January 9, 2019, he selected at the 2019 Pan American Games Qualifier.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Molleken is the nephew of longtime Western Hockey League coach Lorne Molleken.[9][10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120202&content_id=26551644&vkey=pr_col&c_id=col
  2. ^ "Tigers sign 6 players to minor-league deals". The Detroit News. December 23, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2016/07/04/tigers-put-zimmermann-dl-strained-neck-muscle/86686322/
  4. ^ Todd, Jeff (November 9, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 11/9/16". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 21, 2016). "Minor League Transactions: Nov 12-18". baseballamerica.com. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  6. ^ "Dustin Molleken Stats, Highlights, Bio | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  7. ^ Emrich, Robert (October 26, 2011). "Van Ostrand, Canada take Pan Am gold | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  8. ^ "Baseball Canada announces roster for Pan Am Games Qualifier". Baseball Canada. January 9, 2019. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  9. ^ http://www.saskatoonhomepage.ca/local-sports/74842-saskatchewan-s-molleken-called-up-to-mlb
  10. ^ http://www.bcsn.tv/news_article/show/660274

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