Stijn van der Meer released by Astros

Through his Instagram account, Dutch shortstop Stijn van der Meer announced he was realeased by the Houston Astros.

Van der Meer was drafted by Houston in the 34th round of last year’s amateur draft.

IMG_0045Stijn was sent to the Gulf Coast League where he tore apart the opponent’s pitching with an aversge of .667 in just two games. He was sent to Advanced rookie Greenville where he still had an aversge of .301 in 22 games.

According to his brother, the Astros wanted to send him to the Gulf Coast League again at the start of the season. After an apparent conversation, he was sent to A-Advanced Buies Creek, where he hardly got playing time. But in the games hevplayed, he struggled at the plate.  In the six games he played in the Carolina League, he collected three hits in nineteen at bats (.158).

It is very likely that Stijn will return to his Dutch hoofdklasse club Curacao Neptunus  .






4 Replies to “Stijn van der Meer released by Astros”

    1. Actually they wanted to send him back to the GCL. He had a talk with the Astros and all of a sudden he went to AAdvanced. I wonder if they did this on purpose, hoping that he would fail. After he signed with the Astros, he stated to the Dutch press that if he wasn’t moved up soon enough, he’d rather go home. He is 24?already. Rather old for A ballnifvyou’d ask me.


      1. I think the average age for Advanced-A is 22-23, so he’s definitely a little on the older side, but he got drafted at 23, so he was bound to be behind the curve.

        And I can understand him not wanting to go back to a league that doesn’t even start until late June. It’s too bad they couldn’t find a more amicable solution.

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      2. At the beginning of his stint he asked the Astros to be honest with him, not to keep him keep him at a level too long. He wanted him to let him go if they did not ser enough progression.


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