Great news for fans from the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Aruban Catcher Shawn Zarraga has been called up by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Last night he was spotted in the dugout of the Dodgers during the game vs arch rival San Francisco.
Shawn played a big chunck of last season for the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the AAA name sake of the parent club in Los Angeles. He was added to the roster of the OKC Dodgers at the start of the season but due to a concussion that lasted longer than expected. Eventually he was appointed to the roster of the Tulsa Drillers (AA, Texas League). With that team he hit a respectable .299 which led to a promotion to OKC again. During the stay at AAA, he struggled at the plate as he collected only 7 hits in 36 at bats (.194).
After being traded by the Brewers in the 2014/2015 off season, Shawn hit a respectable .303 with the OKC Dodgers, which earned him a Spring Training invitation. He was one of the last players that did not made the cut.
Since the Dodgers traded A.J Ellis to the Phillis in exchange for Carlos Ruiz, there was a void at the Dodgers’ roster. Therefore they called up Zarraga. To make room for Zarraga, the Dodgers opted reliever Luis Avilan to OKC. There was also a move needed to make room for Shawn on the 40-man roster. For this purpose they transferred Scott Van Slyke to the 60-day DL. It is expected that Ruiz will arrive today. This will probably mean that Zarraga will be sent down to OKC again.
Shawn Zarraga is one of the regular players of team Kingdom of the Netherlands. His last appearance with that team was in last year’s inaugural Premier 12 tournament in which he was hit by the injury bug a few times. If he remains on the Dodgers 40-man roster it will mean that he won’t be eligible to participate with the upcoming European Cup.