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Matteo D'Angelo

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 189 lb.

Matteo D'Angelo started a historic game for the Italian national team ni the 2007 Baseball World Cup.

D'Angelo spent three years in the Italian Baseball Academy. In the 2006 World Junior Championship, he got a win against Mexico. Weeks after his 18th birthday, he debuted in Serie A1. He was 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA and nine strikeouts in 9 2/3 IP in 2006 for Italeri Fortitudo Bologna. In 2007, D'Angelo went 7-2 with a 1.94 ERA. He allowed only 42 hits in 74 1/3 IP for a .162 opponent batting average. He tied Juan Figueroa for 5th in Serie A1 in ERA, was 4th in opponent OBP (.249), tied Tony Fiore, Linc Mikkelsen and Junior Oberto for 4th in wins, had the lowest opponent average and was 10th in strikeouts. D'Angelo won the Enzo Masci Award as the top rookie in Serie A1. He was one of three pitchers chosen for All-Star honors on voting at; Linc Mikkelsen and Emiliano Ginanneschi.

In the 2007 European Championship, D'Angelo walked 6 and fanned 6 in 6 2/3 IP but was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA for Italy.

On November 9, the 19-year-old got the call to start against Team USA in the 2007 Baseball World Cup. The right-hander allowed 2 runs in 3 innings, including a solo homer by Justin Ruggiano, and got a no-decision in a 6-2 victory as Italy handed the US its only loss of the event. It was the first time Italy had ever beaten a Team USA that employed professional players and Italy's first win over the US in 21 years. D'Angelo retired the only batter he faced against the Mexican national team. Overall, he had a 5.40 ERA for the event.

D'Angelo joined the Winthrop University baseball team for the 2008 college season. He was 0-2 with a 5.54 ERA as a freshman.

Sources:, Italian Baseball and Softball Federation, IBAF site, Winthrop University bio, 2007 European Championship stats

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