In this week’s edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Kenley Jansen, Jair Jurrjens, Sharlon Schoop, Ray-Patrick Didder, Chris Pieters and Roger Bernadina.
The stud closer from Curaçao is having a helluva season. So far his ERA is the lowest of his career but one as it stands at 1.50. He converted eight saves in as many opportunities. In 18 innings pitched, Kenley fanned 33 batters. His WHIP is at an improbable low 0.72 and he is keeping his opponents limited to a batting average of .194, which is a tad higher than the previous two seasons. Yesterday, Kenley pitched in the tenth inning and retired the side after Clayton Kershaw pitched nine full frames.
So far, Jair is having a good season with the Oklahoma City Dodgers as well. The 31-year old starter from Curaçao has a 4-1 record so far. After six starts, in which he clinched three victories, he suffered his first loss as he gave up two unearned runs in six innings vs the Round Rock Express. In his last outing, he clinched his fourth win as he pitched five innings and gave up two earned runs on seven hits and three walks. He also struck out three. So far, his ERA stands at 3.25 and his WHIP stands at 1.26.
Sharlon had a weird start of his season. After extended spring training, he was added to the roster of the Norfolk Tides, for which he played one game. In that game, he went 0 for 2 and right the next day he was optioned to AA Bowie BaySox.
With the BaySox, Sharlon doesn’t get much playing time. So far he has played only eight games in which he hit .320, which is a major improvement compared with his lifetime batting average of .246. So far, the Curaçaoan infielder has played all infield positions but shortstop. And with all but one he has a perfect record as he committed only one error so far at third base.
Ray-Patrick is still struggling at the plate as his batting average hovers around .200. Once a shortstop in the Braves’ organization, the 22-year old Aruban is now patrolling the outfield. Ray gets plenty of playing time with the Florida FireFrogs (A-Advanced, Florida State League). His best game this season was two days ago when he hit 2 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Even though his player page says he is an outfielder, Ray-Patrick has played at second base and at shortstop as well. So far he has committed nine errors in 43 games.
After Chris had a rough start at A Full Season with the South Bend Cubs, he has recovered rather well. In his last ten games, he hit a very decent .333, raising his average from .200 to .250. Since May 3, Chris is on the 7-day disabled list. In 22 games in the outfield, Chris committed one error as he did in three games at first base.
Roger is having a season like a rollercoaster ride. He is having good games and bad games. Today, for example, he went 0 for 4, while he went 2 for 4 in yesterday’s game. So far, Roger has clobbered four home runs and is hitting .272 with a slugging percentage of .401 (seven doubles and one triple as well). On May 19, Roger hit his fourth home run for the Kia Tigers, a towering one to right field.