Dutch shortstop Stijn van der Meer has been drafted by the Houston Astros in the 34th round as 1027th overall pick.
The shortstop of current Dutch champion Curacao Neptunus, played for Lamar Univeristy during two seasons. During the 2016 season, his last with the university, he broke the university’s record by getting on base in 32 straight games.
During the 2016 season, Van der Meer had the best batting average of his team, as he hit .376. He is very patient at the plate as he walked 38 times and struck out only 15 times.
The MLB draft tracker was the first to announce the news today.
In an interview with a local Dutch newspaper, Van der Meer stated that an eventual contract should be worth jumping across the pond. “Otherwise”, he said, “I will stay here in the Netherlands.”
Van der Meer is not a power hitting type but gets on base, and that is what it is all about.