Relief pitcher Tom de Blok will not head to Japan for the time being. The Rakuten Golden Eagles showed interest in the 20-year old closer and invited him for a two-day tryout.
According to a source within the club of L&D Amsterdam Pirates, De Blok has decided not to try his luck in Japan. A few weeks ago, a source from Japan stated that the Rakuten Golden Eagles would offer him a contract, but it is not clear if the club really did or that the contract wasn’t attractive enough for the young Dutchman to sign.
During the two day tryout, De Blok threw thirty pitches on the first day and faced some of the Golden Eagles’ best hitters on day two. After the tryout, the brass of the club stated that they were impressed with De Blok.
Now De Blok has made clear that he will stay in the Netherlands, it must be quite a relief for L&D Amsterdam Pirates manager Charles Urbanus.
As a closer, De Blok made 26 appearances during the 2016 season in which he earned five saves, clinched five victories and recorded a miniscule 0.88 ERA. He limited his opponents to a batting average of .153.
Tom also made an appearance in one of the two practice games vs Samurai Japan last month. In the eighth inning he struggled a bit as he loaded the bases but eventually he got out of the inning without any damage.