After some absence here is part eight of Dutchies around the World. This time we are paying attention to Didi Gregorius, Ozzie Albies, Jiandido Tromp, Sicnarf Loopstok, Ademar Rifaela and Mike Bolsenbroek.
Didi is having a fantastic season so far. He is hitting well above .300 and has committed only one error so far. Last night, Didi played a helluva game in which he went 4 for 4 with two RBI, raising his batting average to .344 and extending his hitting streak to fourteen game. In the latest count of All-Star Game votes for the position of shortstop, Didi is in third place with 397,326 votes. He is trailing #2 Carlos Correa (662,124) and Francisco Lindor (842,166), so he has a lot of catching up to do.
Since June 5, Ozzie is out of the running as the Gwinnett Braves placed him on the 12-day Disabled List. Before he hit the DL, Ozzie hit .262. So far this season, his BA is hovering between .270 and .260. In his last game before he hit the DL, Ozzie went 0 for 4 but in the nine previous games he collected at least a hit in each of those games, hitting 10 for 34 (.294). Ozzie played five flawless games at shortstop so far this season, but at second base, he has committed eight errors already (.962 fielding percentage).
On June 4, the Philadelphia Phillies moved up Jiandido Tromp from AA to AAA after he had a four-game hitting streak, in which he hit .471. In his debut with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Jiandido went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI. Unfortunately, in the next two games vs the Buffalo Bisons, Jiandido went 0 for 6 and after his last game vs Buffalo, Jiandido was sent down to the Reading Fightin Phils again. Since his return with Reading, he is hitting well again. In three games he collected four hits out of eleven at bats as he lifted his BA from .266 to .273. On the defensive side, Jiandido did not commit an error yet.
After a short stint on the DL, at the end of April, Sicnarf is having a decent season with the Lynchburg HillCats so far. The 24-year old Aruban catcher hit .257 (9 for 35) in his last ten games, so his average dropped to .280, which is still respectable.
Even though his player page tells he his a catcher, he has played most games on first base by far. In 31 games as a first sacker, Sicnarf committed three errors (.989 fielding percentage).
Ademar Rifaela is having a good season with the Fredrick Keys of the Carolina League. The 22-year old outfielder from Curaçao is hitting a very respectable .291. Remarkable feat is he is hitting better at night games than in day games (.298 vs .271). Also in away games there is a significant difference with home games (.299 vs .283. In his last thirty days, Ademar is hitting .306. Ademar split the season between all outfield positions. In right field, he committed one error, leading to a fielding percentage of .986. In the two other areas of the outfield, Ademar played flawlessly.
Just like his team, the Buchbinder Legionäre from Regensburg, Mike is having a tough season. In eight starts, Mike got six decisions of which two were wins. His ERA stands at 3.62. During the European Champions Cup, which was played in Regensburg Last week,
Mike had a superb outing vs A.S.D. Rimini Pirates. In six innings, he kept the Pirates scoreless, but with two outs in the seventh, he gave up a two-run home run. As Regensburg fell 5-2 to Rimini, Mike took a bitter loss despite pitching 6.2 fine innings.
Regensburg is fielding a young and inexperienced team this season. As a result, the team did not win a single game during the ECC and is in sixth place with an 8-10 record. It is very likely the team will not reach the play offs for the first time in years.