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Michal Puškár

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Michal Puškár‏‎

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 5", Weight 196 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Michal Puškár‏‎ has played for the Slovakian national team.

In the 2017 European Interleague, the 17-year-old hit .227/.300/.409 and was 0-3 with a 9.90 ERA. [1] Playing for Slovakia in the 2017 European Championship U23, he lost to Germany and Daniel Mendelsohn but beat Russia and Viacheslav Shmelev. He had a 7.15 ERA. He was also easily Slovakia's top hitter at .474/.545/.842 with ten RBI in six games. He tied Axel Poesmans for third in the event in average, was third in slugging (behind Martin Mužík and Heorhii Hvrytishvili), tied Denzel Richardson and Kostiantyn Chukhas for fourth in RBI, tied for third in doubles (4) and tied for sixth in total bases (16). [2]

He got one start for Slovakia in the 2019 B-Level European Championship, facing Lithuania and Robertas Vilimas. He allowed seven runs (five earned) in four innings before Adam Zacko took over; Zacko would get the decision in a 19-15 slugfest loss, Puškár being Slovakia's second-best hurler in the effort (after their only player with minor league experience, Jakub Ižold. [3] He played briefly for Hrosi Brno in the Czech Extraliga, going 1-for-1 and posting a 0-2, 8.62 record. [4]

The tall right-hander started one game in the 2021 European Championship Qualifier as well, facing Finland and Timo Liiri. He allowed one run in three before Jaroslav Kosna took over with a 5-1 lead. Slovakia won the tournament to make their first European Championship. [5] In May 2021, he tied a Slovakian record with nine RBI in a game for the Angels Trnava. [6] In Slovakia's first European Championship game, at the 2021 European Championship, the 21-year-old started at first base and hit 7th. He struck out against Mike Bolsenbroek, grounded into a double play facing Jayden Gonesh and struck out versus Mike Groen. He handled five chances. It was his only game in those Euros where he batted, but he pitched twice. Starting versus Sweden and Oskar Syrén, he allowed one run in the first four but was charged with five runs while lasting a third of an inning into the 5th (Daniel Just took over). He gave up nine hits and four walks while fanning Niklas Melin twice. In the 15th/16th place game, he got the start against France. He walked Léo Jiminian and Félix Brown then retired former A's farmhand Andy Paz. Luis Delogu walked and a wild pitch made it 1-0, then he got Daniel Patrice to hit into a double play. Slovakia scored twice against Gédéon Coste, he opened the second by getting Louis Brainville on a fly. He walked Paolo Brossier and hit Nolan Soliveres then Martin Gieci succeeded him and let one inherited run score. He tied Marko Vykoukal for the Slovakian lead in games started on the hill. [7]