Todd Van Steensel
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Todd Bertram Van Steensel
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 190 lb.
 Biographical Information
Todd Van Steensel has pitched in the US, Australia and the Netherlands.
Van Steensel's parents were both born in India but he was born and raised in Australia. He was signed by Philadelphia Phillies scout Kevin Hooker in January 2008. He was 2-1 with a 5.83 ERA for the 2009 GCL Phillies. He was 1-0 with a 6.48 ERA for New South Wales in the Claxton Shield. Released the next spring, he worked out more in Australia, then signed with the Minnesota Twins. The scout was Howard Norsetter. He was 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA and .348 opponent average for the Sydney Blue Sox in the 2010-2011 Australian Baseball League. He was 5-2 with a 5.68 ERA for the 2011 Elizabethton Twins. He tied for fifth in the Appalachian League in wins and tied for 9th with 58 strikeouts.
Todd was the youngest member of the Australian national team in the 2011 Baseball World Cup. He was also their least-used player, only appearing once in the team's 12 games. Used to close out a blowout 14-0 loss to Cuba, he surrendered four runs in 1 1/3 IP, allowing four hits in seven at-bats. He had a 3.32 ERA in 11 games for the 2011-2012 Blue Sox, fanning 25 in 21 2/3 IP. Released by Minnesota, he signed with Corendon Kinheim in the Netherlands. He allowed 3 runs in 9 2/3 IP, giving up 10 hits and a walk while striking out nine. His season was cut short when he dislocated his shoulder playing basketball with Luke Wilkins, a Sydney teammate who was playing in Belgium that summer and visiting the Netherlands at the time.
In 2012-2013, he was 2-3 with a 3.50 ERA for Sydney, striking out 23 in 18 innings.
- 2011 Baseball World Cup final report
- Australian Baseball Federation on signing with Philadelphia
- 2011 national team bio
- Article on his signing with the Twins
- ABL page
- Honkbalsite on 2012 injury