Ben Van Nuffel
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Ben Van Nuffel
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 176 lbs.
 Biographical Information
Ben Van Nuffel has played for the Belgian national team.
Van Nuffel debuted in the First Division in 2009 with the Mortsel Stars, going 0-4 with a 14.34 ERA and walking 35 in under 22 innings. He was 1 for 12 at the plate. In the 2009 European Junior Championship, he went 0-1 with a 15.75 ERA, giving up 10 hits and 4 walks in 4 innings. He went 8 for 49 with 5 walks and 16 whiffs for Mortsel in 2010 and did not pitch. The next year, he batted .188/.280/.212 with the Stars and posted a 0-1, 6.43 record with 18 walks in 14 innings. In the 2011 European Junior Championship, he hit .273/.467/.545 and tossed 4 2/3 shutout innings, saving a win over France.
Van Nuffel moved to the Hoboken Pioneers for 2012 but continued to hit poorly (.158/.286/.158, 30 K in 76 AB). He fielded .820 and only pitched 3 innings (3 runs, 1 earned). He was 0 for 13 with a walk and six whiffs in the 2012 European Cup, while allowing three runs in two innings. He was still picked to pitch for Belgium in the 2012 European Championship. He allowed four runs in 7 1/3 innings. Starting against the Croatian national team, he gave up 2 runs (one earned) in 6 1/3 innings with four hits but eight walks, getting the win in the 9th/10th place game; Kenneth Sips relieved and got the save.
In 2013, he played for the Brasschaat Braves. He went 2-0 with 3 saves, a 2.18 ERA, giving up 17 hits and 23 walks while he struck out 44 in 33 innings. He finished 4th in ERA and led the league in saves. That same year, he played for the Falcons on the CBLE Tournament in Oosterhout, he went 1-0 with only giving up 1 hit and struck out 11 in 5.2 innings.
Van Nuffel pitched for the Oosterhout Twins in Overgangsklasse in the season of 2014. He had a 2.83 ERA, striking out 48 and giving up 27 hits in 41 1/3 IP. That same season he also appeared with the Brasschaat Braves in the European Qualifier in Antwerp. In total he threw 4 innings, he got 1 hit against, 3 unearned runs, threw 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. He ended the season by throwing for the Belgium National Team at the 2014 European Championship in Regensburg. For the tournament he was 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA in 3 1/3 IP.