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July 3, 2014

Green, Piche make professional debuts

OTTUMWA — After being selected in last month’s First-Year Player Draft and signing their first professional contracts on June 19, a pair of former Indian Hills pitchers, Nick Green and Jordan Piche, made their pro debuts just two days apart last month. The two are also pitching for teams in the same league.

Green, drafted in the seventh round by the Texas Rangers after one season at Indian Hills, has appeared in two games with the Rangers’ club in the Arizona Rookie League. Green, a hard throwing right-hander, threw an inning in his first game, walking one and fanning two without allowing a hit or run. He was credited with a win his next time out, again without surrounding a hit or run in 2.1 innings with a walk and three strikeouts against the White Sox Rookie League team.

Piche had two very successful seasons at Kansas University following two years at IHCC. After his selection in the 28th round by the Los Angeles Angels last month, Piche, also a right-hander, was assigned to L.A.’s team in the Arizona Rookie League. He has made three appearances so far, all in relief, and pitched a total of 3.1 innings, giving up five hits and an unearned run with three strikeouts and one walk.

Both former Falcons are from Colorado. Green hails from Fountain and Piche came to IHCC from Greeley.

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