Another Dutchie has been added to an MLB spring training roster. The Cleveland Indians have added Aruban minor league catcher Sicnarf Loopstok to their spring training roster. Sicnarf is an anagram of Francis.
Yesterday, the Indians announced through their transaction page, that Sicnarf was added to their roster. The 23-year old Western Oklahoma State College alumn is the fourth minor leaguer from the Dutch Kingdom who is added to an MLB roster during spring training. Danny Arribas, Ray-Patrick Didder and Juremi Profar preceded him.
Loopstok split the 2016 season between the A Full Season Lake County Captains and the A-Advanced Lynchburg HillCats. Sicnarf hit a combined .267 with 14 doubles, 3 triples and two homeruns. With the HillCats, Sicnarf threw out 38% of the potential base stealers.
Sicnarf broke into professional baseball in 2013 when he debuted with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn League.
It is the second time that Sicnarf is added to the Indians roster during spring training. The first time was in 2016.
In 2013 Sicnarf was the winner of MiLB’s moniker maddness. His family name literally means walking stick.