Team Kingdom of the Netherlands: the roster behind the WBC roster

Yesterday the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB) presented the roster of team Kingdom of the Netherlands for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. But next to that roster, there is, what they call, a designated pool of pitchers.

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This designated pool of pitchers is a list with reserve players. Even though Kenley Jansen has announced not to participate in the 2017 WBC, but his name is on this list. So it may very well be that Jansen will be called up for the second round or the final round in Los Angeles (if the team gets that far).

Another remarkable name in the designated pool of players is pitcher Kevin Heijstek (L&D Amsterdam Pirates). During the 2016 European Cup final, he got injured and missed the rest of the season. Of course he hasn’t pitched a game ever since, but it is quite a surprise that he isn’t on the main roster.

Other pitchers who are on this list are:

Berry van Driel (Curacao Neptunus, Dutch hoofdklasse)
Kevin Kelly (Curacao Neptunus, Dutch hoofdklasse)
Ryan Oduber (GCL Red Sox)
Mark Pawelek (no club)
Nelmerson Angela (DSL Mets)
Wendell Floranus (Vallejo Admirals, Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs)
Misja Harcksen (Curacao Neptunus, Dutch hoofdklasse)
Ruderly Manuel (Wildcats, Curacao)

Kenley Jansen converted 47 saves out of 53 opportunities, posting an ERA of 1.83. He limited his opponents to a batting average of .150. He struck out 104 in 68.2 innings pitched.

Kevin Heijstek posted a 1.80 ERA in seven starts in which he recorded 5 wins and one loss.
His opponents hit .214 with him on the mound.

Berry van Driel mostly served in the set up role in 2016. In 18 appearances he posted a 2.18 ERA and kept his opponents limited to an average of .230.

Kevin Kelly, Van Driel’s team mate, also served as a relief pitcher in 2016. Of the 19 appearances, he started two games. He kept his ERA incredibly low (0.29) and limited his opponents to a frustrating .132 batting average.

Ryan Oduber played his second season in the Red Sox organization. He split the season between the DSL and the GCL. With the GCL Red Sox, Oduber posted a 4-1 record and a 2.43 ERA  in twelve relief appearances.

According to baseball reference, Mark Pawelek did not pitch at a professional level since 2010 when he pitched for the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League.

Nelmerson Angela split the 2016 season between the DSL Mets 1 team and the DSL Mets 2 team. With the first team he posted a 2.41 ERA with a 3-0 record. With the second team he kept his ERA at 0.00 with a WHIP of 0.26.

Wendell Floranus pitched for the independent Vallejo Admirals in 2016. He did not fare well as he had a 0 -3 record with a 4.32 ERA and a WHIP of 1.56.

Misja Harcksen pitched the biggest part of the 2016 season in the Dodgers’ organization. He played for the Ogden Raptors, where he served as a reliever. In nine appearances (11.2 innings) he posted a rather high 6.94 ERA. But only one bad inning in which he gave up six earned runs while recording only one out, drove up his ERA like this. Before that fatal inning, his ERA stood at 3.42. After the season the Dodgers released Misja and he finished the season with his Rotterdam club Curacao Neptunus.

Ruderly Manuel was the best pitcher of the Curacao baseball competition in 2016. For the Wildcats he posted an ERA of 1.24, struck out 52 and allowed only six earned runs on seventeen hits in 43.2 innings.

This report was brought to you by Score66 Baseball.

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