Gregg Mareels

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Biographical Information[edit]

Gregg Mareels has pitched in the First Division and for the Belgian national team.

Mareels debuted in the First Division in 2016 as a teenager; he was 4-10 with a 5.24 ERA for the Hoboken Pioneers and hit .164/~.282/.192. One positive was 8 steals in 9 tries. He led the league with 17 wild pitches and tied for third in losses, trailing Andersen Gerdel and Terrence Antonacci. [1] Despite his unimpressive record, he made the Belgian team for the 2016 European Championship as part of a youth wave (four of their pitchers were teenagers, with Drew Janssen being younger than Mareels). He relieved Kyran Weemaels with a 6-1 deficit in the 5th against Spain and gave up three hits, three walks and five runs in one inning before Jace Van Droogenbroeck took over. He did retire two MLB vets that inning in Engel Beltre and Fernando Martínez. He pitched in three games in the Euros and had a 23.13 ERA and .538 opponent average. He tied Van Droogenbroeck and Weemaels for the team lead in appearances and did not have the highest ERA; fellow youngster Matthew Joossens was at 36.00. [2]

In '17, he moved to the Mortsel Stars and had a 5-9, 7.64 record. He was 8th in the league in IP (86), tied for 7th in wins (with Luis Larrinaga and Van Droogenbroeck), tied for 2nd in games pitched (behind Robbe De Jongh), 2nd in walks (55), 2nd in losses (to De Jongh), 2nd in runs allowed (90, behind De Jongh), 2nd in hits allowed (behind De Jongh) and allowed the most earned runs (73). He did not have the highest ERA of any qualifier as two others were higher. [3] In the 2017 European Championship U23, he was roughed up in a start against the Czechs (8 H, 10 R, 10 ER in 1 1/3 IP). [4]

Gregg returned to Hoboken for 2018 and hit .174/.358/.196 with 24 walks and 21 runs in 31 games, fielding .959. He was pitching less and not as well (0-3, 11.25 ERA, .418 opponent average). He tied for 4th in walks drawn. [5]