Madrid, Diefenbach to play for Generals
The Victoria Generals announced Victoria natives Roman Madrid and Denver Diefenbach will play for the team this season in the Texas Collegiate League.
"It's always great for us to add local names that many of our fans have been following since their high school days," said general manager Blake Koch.
In 2010 Madrid appeared in 15 games, posting a record of 4-1. He struck out 32 batters in 28.2 innings of work to go along with a 1.88 ERA. Madrid, who figures to be the closer for the Generals this summer, also notched three saves last season while being named to the TCL South All-Star Team.
The former Memorial star transferred to McLennan Community College after playing for the Generals.
Madrid led the Highlanders in appearances with 17 and in saves with nine. He also posted a 3-2 record to go along with a 4.55 ERA. Madrid stuck out 43 batters in 29.2 innings pitched on the season.
Diefenbach, a 2009 graduate of St. Joseph will get his first shot in a Generals uniform this summer.
Diefenbach is continuing to recover from an arm injury that kept him off of the field this spring at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Diefenbach suffered the injury in the fall after appearing in 13 games as a freshman.
Diefenbach compiled a career record of 27-4 at St. Joseph and was an all-state selection as a senior.
"Denver has a really good arm and we think that he will greatly benefit from working with our new head coach, Ryan Wagner," Koch said.
The Generals open the 2011 season at home on June 1 against the East Texas Pump Jacks. Game time is 7:05 p.m. at Riverside Stadium.