Recently, the Detroit Tigers announced Tom de Blok was sent down to extended spring training. The other day, it became clear why Tom was sent down.
In a Facebook post, a proud mother announced Tom was sent down to extended spring training because the Tigers think Tom works his way through innings easily, so they want to convert him into a starting pitcher.
After a week of extended spring training, Tom will be sent to A short-season Connecticut Tigers of the New York-Penn League. The New York-Penn League season will start on June 19, so coming Monday.
The 21-year old Amstelveen born kept his ERA at 0.00 in his first five appearances. Only in his sixth appearance, Tom gave up two runs on six hits in 1.2 innings against the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
Eventually, after Tom was sent to extended spring training, he ended his Midwest League tenure with a 1.62 ERA, 10 Ks, 4 walks, 3 earned runs on 11 hits. Tom kept his opponents limited to a .193 batting average and posted a WHIP of 0.90.
After a series of exhibition games with team Kingdom of the Netherlands, Tom piched a tryout with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the NPB. Even though the Japanese club was impressed with the outings, both parties never reached an agreement on a contract.
Tom started the preparation for the 2017 season with his Dutch hoofdklasse club L&D Amsterdam Pirates, but on April 5, it was announced that Tom had signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers.
After some hassle with the paperwork, Tom reported at extended spring training in Lakeland Florida. Tom debuted with the West Michigan WhiteCaps on May 2nd with a three-inning outing in which he gave up just one hit
Here is a clip of one of his outings against the Lansing Lugnuts: