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Eddie Aucoin

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Eddie Aucoin is a professional pitcher who has competed in a number of international leagues. He compiled a combined record of 17-1 in the U.S. independent leagues before playing overseas.

Aucoin signed his first pro contract as a shortstop for the Waterbury Spirit in the Northeast League in 1998. He then played professional fast pitch softball for "The King and His Court" from mid-1998 to 2001. In 2002, he began pitching in the Swedish Elitserien, winning League MVP honors while playing for Oskarshamn BSK. He then signed with the Berkshire Black Bears for 2003 and won the Northeast League ERA title (1.46) allowing only 50 hits in 74 innings and being named Northeast League Rookie Pitcher of the Year.

He was then signed to play in the Colombian Professional Winter League. While pitching for the Cartagena Leones (with Major League shortstop Orlando Cabrera), he went 5-0 as a starter, was named the starter for the All-Star Game, and won the award for the league's most valuable pitcher. In 2004, he went 6-1 for the Northern League champion St. Paul Saints. In 2005, Aucoin was 6-0 with 3 saves and a 3.03 ERA for the Brockton Rox, whiffing 60 and walking only 10 in 65 1/3 IP.

In February of 2006, Aucoin was invited to workout for Toronto Blue Jays scout Tommy Tanous. After the workout, Tanous recommended the Blue Jays sign him. Aucoin was placed on the AA roster, where he remained throughout Spring Training, until a knee injury led to his release.

Aucoin decided to return to Europe in 2006. While playing for four different teams in the German Bundesliga from 2006-2009, in 329 IP (regular season), Aucoin has recorded an overall 1.66 ERA, and struck out 363 batters while walking only 27 and surrendering just 241 hits. Including Postseason, in 450 IP, Aucoin has recorded 505 K against only 38 BB (13.3:1 K/BB Ratio) in 4 seasons in the German Bundesliga.

Aucoin spent 2006 with the Gauting Indians of Bundesliga, going 7-5 with a 2.64 ERA and only 7 walks in 81 2/3 IP. He was 4th in the Southern division in ERA and strikeouts (74) and second in WHIP (1.00) while also hitting .378/.436/.561 to finish 10th in average. In 2007, Eddie moved to the newly-promoted Haar Disciples and posted a 9-5, 1.91 record while hitting .300/.390/.467 as a part-time first baseman. He struck out 117 and walked 9 in 99 innings. He was first in the Southern Division in ERA, WHIP and strikeouts and second in wins and innings (trailing Manuel Möller in both).

In 2008, Aucoin pitched for the Mannheim Tornadoes, going 8-3 with a 0.94 ERA and allowing only 47 hits and four walks in 86 innings. He struck out 102 batters. He also hit .280/.424/.560 in 25 AB, playing DH or the field on occasion. He beat the Buchbinder Legionäre and Martin Almstetter twice in the finals, but Mannheim lost their other 3 games to the Legionäre to fall short of the title.

On May 23, 2009, while pitching for the Legionäre, he threw a no-hitter against the Saarlouis Hornets, walking none but hitting two batters to avoid a perfect game. It was the first no-hitter in the Bundesliga since Enorbel Marquez threw one 12 months prior.

Playing for the Gauting Indians at the 2009 Open international de Rouen, he was awared the "Best Pitcher" honors for his efforts. Gauting would win the tournament 13-2 over the American team.

Eddie Aucoin signed a 2010 contract with the Konica Minolta Pioniers in the Dutch Major League. He debuted on April 11 with an excellent outing against HCAW, allowing one hit and no runs in five innings (he walked 3 and fanned 4); Nelson Santander relieved him with a scoreless inning but the bullpen wound up blowing it as Maarten Mulder allowed two in the 9th to spoil Aucoin's debut. He finished the 2010 campaign with an outstanding 1.72 ERA, and closed out the season with an exceptional outing in the first round of the playoffs against DOOR Neptunus. After shutting out the eventual champion over 9 strong innings of 2 hit ball, Aucoin received a no-decision as the Pioniers lost 1-0 in 11 innings. He was 8th in the league in ERA, tied David Bergman for 6th in opponent average (.199), was 4th in innings (84), tied Gregory Gustina for 8th in strikeouts (67), tied Rob Cordemans for 7th in wins (7) and tied for 7th in losses (5).

Aucoin's final season in the Netherlands in 2011 resulted in a stellar campaign, as he went 11-1 with a 1.98 ERA, leading the league in wins. He also was 4th in ERA (after Cordemans, Diegomar Markwell and Craig Anderson), second in innings (100, two behind Orlando Yntema) and 3rd in strikeouts (84, trailing Cordemans and David Bergman) while only walking 12. He led the Pioniers (now the Vaessen Pioniers) to the 2011 Holland Series. The Pioniers lost to the eventual champion L&D Amsterdam Pirates in the Series. In game one, he allowed 9 hits and 4 runs in 7 2/3 IP in a game his club would lose in extra innings. He was then toasted in the decisive game four, surrendering nine hits and five runs in 3 2/3 IP in a 8-1 loss to Jos de Jong, ending a fine Dutch career on a low note.

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