There are a lot of players from the Dutch Kingdom active in the Minor Leagues. The biggest chunk of them comes from Curacao and Aruba. Here is an overview of those players playing in AAA, AA, A Advanced and A Full Season.
Roger Bernadina is having a good season so far. At bat he has his ups and his downs, but after last night, he has a batting average of .286. Last night vs the El Paso Chihuahuas, Roger went 1 for 5 but with that sole hit (a double to left center field), he drove in two runs for the 51s. It didn’t help Las Vegas as the team fell to El Paso 6 – 7.
On the defensive side, Roger has a perfect score.
In five starts, Juan Carlos Sulbaran now has a 2-2 record. In his first two starts Juan Carlos cruised through his innings as he kept his opponents to a leash. After two games, his ERA was a lowly 1.80 but in his last three starts, he was hit rather well.
In his start vs OKC Dodgers, he gave up four runs on seven hits in just 4.2 innings. In his next start vs Round Rock, he lasted three innings but only gave up one earned run on two hits. In his first start of the month of May, vs the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), JC lasted six innings but gave up four earned runs on seven hits again. Currently his ERA is at 4.18 and his opponents are hitting .258 with him on the mound.
Shawn Zarraga did not play many games so far, only four. In his last game on April 14 he was hit in the head in the bottom of the first inning and was replaced by Jack Murphy. Since then Shawn is on the 7-Day Disabled List. In the four games that he played, Shawn did not collect a basehit.
Ozhaino Albies is the fourth Dutchie that is playing at AAA. Recently promoted to the Gwinnett Braves, the 19-year old shorstop from Curacao is facing some problems at bat. At AA he did not have any challenges as he hit a whopping .369, but so far he collected only two hits in 22 at bats. (.091).
Also on the defensive side it seems that Ozzie is bothered by the jitters as he committed two errors in just five games (.939).
With a 10-15 record, the Harrisburg Senators aren’t doing real great. But their Dutchy catcher, Spencer Kieboom is doing well. After a stint on the 7-Day DL, he played his firstgame last night in which he went 0 for 2, but he drew two walks though. His batting average stands at a decent .275. On the defensive side, Spencer stays a bit behind compared to previous years. In previous years he threw out around 40% of the base stealers, this year his numbers are around 23%.
Curacaoan Calten Daal is having a great season so far. Currently his batting average stands at an unlikely .467 with only one extra basehit, a double.
Calten only played ten games so far because of a stint on the DL due to a head injury that occurred in the first game vs the Mississippi Braves.
So far he committed only two errors resulting in a fielding percentage of .923.
Sicnarf Loopstok is doing rather well in the Carolina League with the Lynchburg HillCats (Cleveland Indians). In eleven games and 38 at bats, Sicnarf hit a decent .263 with a double and a triple. So far he threw out 9 out of 20 potential base stealers (45%). Sicnarf even pitched 0.2 innings this season, in which he kept his opponents hitless.
Despite the the double hit by Juremi Profar and the run that he scored, the High Desert Mavericks recorded a loss vs the Visalia Rawhide (Arizona Diamondbacks) last night.
Juremi is hitting a respectable .294 with five doubles and a homerun.
Juremi has played all infield positions but shortstop and with all of them he is still perfect. No matter where Juremi will go after this season, it may be his last one as a Maverick as the team may be very well moved to the East Coast’s Carolina League for 2017.
A close win for the Bakersfield Blaze (Mariners) vs the Rancho Cucamonga
Quakes (Dodgers). Gianfranco Wawoe contributed with a sac fly to drive in one run. Gianfranco went 0 for 3 as he is struggling at the plate lately. His batting average is just .209.
In 18 games, Gianfranco committed four errors (.949).
Chadwick Tromp is one of the two Dutchies playing in the Florida State League. With the Daytona Tortugas (Reds) Chadwick fell 3-5 to the Dunedin Blue Jays. Chadwick went 0 for 4. He committed only one error so far and threw out 23.4 percent of the potential base stealers.
The other Dutchie in the FSL is Darren Seferina, who left a very good impression in the Midwest League last season. This year he seems to have a hard time adapting to the level of A Advanced as he hits a modest .224 with 17 hits out of 76 at bats with three doubles and two triples. With a fielding percentage of .984 he is doing fine on the defensive side. Darren is playing for the Palm Beach Cardinals.
A Full Season
Ademar Rifaela is one of the four Dutchies playing in the South Atlantic League. The outfielder from Curacao is sporting a .958 fielding percentage. He committed one error when playing right field. At bat he is struggling somewhat as his batting average stands at a modest .230.
Ray Patrick Didder is filling in the shoes that Ozzie Albies left very well. The 21-year old shorstop from Aruba is hitting a solid .311 after last night’s 2 for 3. Despite his good hitting the Rome Braves fell to the Hickory Crawdads 6-0.
With one error in 24 games, Ray Patrick is doing a fine job as shorstop (.976).
With the aforementioned Hickory Crawdads, we come to Christopher Garia. The 23-year old outfielder from Curacao was expected to start with the High Desert Mavericks but ended up at A Advanced. He was sent to extended spring training and came to the Crawdads on April 21. In twelve games Christopher went 13 for 44 (.295) with three doubles and a homerun. He is playing some solid defense in the outfield as he stays perfect until now.
Danny Arribas and his West Virginia Power (Pittsburgh Pirates) fell to the Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees) that is dominating the South Division of the Sally League so far.
Danny went 1 for 4 in his role as a DH. In eleven of the twenty-five games that he played, he served as a first baseman. So far he is sporting a .988 fielding percentage as he committed only one error.