Recently it is raining promotions to AAA for players of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In the previous days, Eugene Helder and John Polonius were promoted, yesterday it was Jiandido Tromp’s turn to have a shot at the highest minor league level.
Where the previous two promotions of Helder and Polonius can likely be explained as filling a void in the lineup of the Rainiers and RiverCats respectively, the promotion of Tromp may very well be because of his recent good hitting. In the last four games, Tromp went 8 for 17 (.471), raising his batting average from .241 to .266. Also, his good defense with the AA Reading Fightin Phils may be a reason, as he did not commit an error yet.
Jiandido started in left field in his debut for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies affiliate in the International League) and batted seventh in the lineup. And what a debut it was. The 23-year old outfielder from Aruba collected two base hits out of three at-bats with a double and two runs batted in. The game recap at milb.com headed the following:
Jiandido led off in the third inning with a double to left field, but that hit didn’t have an impact yet as Jiandido stranded at third base.
But in the sixth inning, Jiandido made his presence felt. With a line drive single to left field, he drove in two runs to lift the IronPigs from a 2-2 tie to a 4-2 lead. In left field, Jiandido recorded four outs.
From his professional debut in 2012 in the Gulf Coast League, Jiandido has slowly but steadily climbed the minor league ladder. Except for 2014, when he split the season between A Full Season and A Short Season for the second year in a row, he has made a promotion to a higher level every year. And after he played 85 games at A Full Season in 2014, he played the entire 2015 season at that level.