This is far from Dutch baseball news, but it sure is worth mentioning because you hardly hear anything about Lithuanian baseball.
Lithuanian right handed pitcher, Dovydas Neverauskas has received an invitation for the MLB Spring Training camp of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The 23-year old will report at Bradenton, the Pirates ST facility and also home of their A Advanced Florida League affiliate Brandenton Marauders.
So far Neverauskas has climed the minor league ladder slowly. Since 2010, when he debuted with the GCL Pirates, he has played for the GCL Pirates (2010, 2011, 2012), State College Spikes (NY-Penn League, 2012), Jamestown Jammers (Ny-Penn League, 2013), West Virginia Power (South Atlantic League, 2014, 2015), the West Virginia Black Bears (NY-Penn League, 2015) and the Bradenton Marauders (Florida State League, 2015).
From 2012 through 2014, the Pirates experimented with him as a starting pitcher. In those three seasons he had 51 starts in which he had an 11-17 record. After they send him back to the bullpen, he fared better with a combined ERA of 3.16, a 1.24 WHIP and an opponent batting average of .227.
Apparently the Pirates are very high on Neverauskas when they invite him for MLB Spring Training camp. It is not expected that he will make the MLB roster, but it is a great opportunity for Dovydas to learn from the big boys. The invitation is even more remarkable when you know that he is not on the 40-man roster of the Bucs.