Otters add familiar face in Killian, trying a new position

The Evansville Otters added a familiar face to their roster, re-signing Dan Killian, while also landing righthanded pitcher Tim Brechbuehler.

Killian, 25, hit .314 for the Otters in 2011. Injuries limited him to 21 games for Evansville in ’12.

Formerly a seventh-round draft choice of the Washington Nationals, Killian has played five years of pro ball, as a catcher, first baseman and designated hitter.

Now, he’s making the move to pitcher. Dan is the brother of former Evansville catcher Billy Killian (2010-12).

Brechbuehler, 24, pitched the past two years in the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization. He started his pro career with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (Rookie) and Lansing Lugnuts (Class A) of the Midwest League in 2012. He pitched for the Vancouver Canadians in the (independent) Northwest League last year.

The Otters open the regular season at Normal on May 16. Their home opener is against Rockford in a doubleheader on May 21.


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About Gordon Engelhardt

Many moons ago, I was a semipro baseball pitcher and my love for the grand old game continues unabated. I was lucky enough to cover the White Sox in the 1983 ALCS and the Cubbies in the 1984 NLCS while living in northern Illinois. I have covered several Cardinals games, but never in postseason.

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