Impressive Appalachian League debut for Van der Meer

It doesn’t look like Stijn van der Meer is impressed by the opposing pitchers so far. In two games at Gulf Coast League level, Van der Meer collected four hit in six at bats, of which one was a triple. Next to his .667 BA he put up the following numbers: OBP .667, slugging percentage 1.000 and OPS 1.667.

This was enough for the Houston Astros to promote their farm hand to the Appalachian League (high rookie). Stijn went to Greenville to debut with the local Astros last night. And what a debut it was.

Stijn van der Meer.
Stijn van der Meer (photo courtesy of Rob Jelsma photography)

In six at bats, Stijn collected three hits (one double) and scored a run. There was only one shortcoming last night: Stijn left five runners on base and two in scoring position.
As expected Stijn played shortstop and was number two in the batting order (the tall Dutchman always batted leadoff with his Dutch Hoofdklasse team Curacao Neptunus).
Against the Bristol Pirates, van der Meer made his presence felt in the first inning already. With Jonathan Auraz on second base, Stijn laid down a bunt, which made Auraz advance to third and the speedy Dutchman was safe at first base too. Eventually Van der Meer scored on Raymond Henderson’s double.
After grounding into a force out and grounding out in his next two at bats, Van der Meer doubled on a line drive to left field.Unfortunately this hit did not have any impact.
In the ninth inning Van der Meer got on base with a leadoff single. But the Astros did not take advantage and since the game was tied at five, extra innings were needed. The Bristol Pirates had an offensive outburst, scoring five runs. The Astros on the other hand seemed to be overwhelmed with this muscle parade and only scored one run. Van der Meer flied out to left field.

Sure this was only one game and probably his numbers will drop a bit, but so far Stijn van der Meer leaves a good impression. Perhaps that is also because with an age of 23, he is quite a bit older than the average player in the Appalachian League.


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