A lot of news about players from Curacao and Aruba came out today.
First of all Xander Bogaerts received the MVP trophy of the Boston Red Sox. To me it doesn’t come as a surprise after I wrote about the possibility of Bogaerts being the AL MVP.
The BWAA writers of the Boston region voted for him to receive the Thomas A. Yawkey Memorial Award. In only his second full season with the Red Sox, Bogaerts hit .320, by far the best batting average of the club from Beantown. On the defensive side the shortstop from Aruba committed eleven errors, leading to a fielding percentage of .984.
In 2013, Bogaerts participated with the Dutch team in the World Baseball Classic. Then as a third baseman on the request of the Red Sox, as they saw a corner infielder in him.
Another player that has played for team Kingdom of the Netherlands, is Curt Smith.
The first baseman from Curacao has signed another one year deal with the Lincoln SaltDogs of the independent American Association. This will be the second consecutive year that Smith will play for the Indy team and his fourth in total.
Smith spent most of his career in the organization of the St. Louis Cardinals by whom he wa drafted in 2008. In six seasons of affiliated ball, Smith batted .281 with an OBP of .327, a slugging percentage of .434 and an OPS of .761.
Last year with the SaltDogs his BA hovered around .300 but at the end of the season it dropped just below with .294.
Curacaoan RHP Juan Carlos Sulbaran has received an invitation to the MLB Spring Training of the St. Louis Cardinals as a non-roster invitee. Last season, Sulbaran split time between the Royals’ AA and AAA farm teams. At AA he posted a 4.80 ERA with four wins and seven losses. At AAA his ERA was 6.17 with three wins and three losses. After last season he became free agent and signed with the Cardinals.
Darren Seferina from Curacao has received an invitation to the Spring Training Early Program (S.T.E.P.) of the St. Louis Cardinals. The second baseman will report at the Cards’ spring training complex on February 26 as one of 26 most promising players from the Cardinals organization. Those 26 players will be guided by the Cardinals’ MLB coaches and will participate in several seminars.
Darren was named best second baseman of the Midwest League in 2015. In only his second professional season he hit .295 with the Peoria Chiefs. He posted a .971 fielding percentage with thirteen errors in 102 games. Darren started his career at A Short Season level in the New York – Penn League with the State College Spikes, skipping rookie level.