Two players of team Kingdom of the Netherlands, Kalian Sams and Dashenko Ricardo, will face each other in an independent league All-Star Game despite playing in different leagues. The American Association and the CanAm League will take on each other in the ASG that will be played at the ballpark of the CanAm League’s Ottawa Champions.
Kalian Sams puts up some monster numbers lately for the Quebec Capitales of the CanAm League. He was named player of the month of June with a .342 average with five doubles, a triple and twelve home runs. Sams also tied the record of home runs in a single game the other day as he hit four against the Ottawa Champions. Currently, Sams is hitting a splendid .353 seasonal average as he is hitting .700 in the month of July so far.
Dashenko Ricardo is playing in the American Association for the Lincoln SaltDogs. Behind the dish, Ricardo threw out 24% of the potential base stealers and committed three errors in thirty-three games. At bat, he has a .260/.290/.358 slash line.
Kalian Sams has quite some years of affiliated ball under his belt. He debuted in professional baseball in 2007 with the Evertt AquaSox (A-short season, Seattle Mariners). In five years, Kalian worked his way up to the AA Jackson Generals. But shortly before the start of the 2013 season, he was released by the Mariners. In a quick move, the San Diego Padres picked him up as they sent him to San Antonio. His first impression with the Missions was a great one as he mashed the opponent’s pitching. After he was promoted to the Tucson Padres (now the El Paso Chihuahuas), he struggled at the plate. This was a reason for the Padres to release him. The Texas Rangers jumped in and sent him to their AA affiliation in Frisco. With the RoughRiders he hit a respectable .286 but was released nevertheless. Eventually, he finished the season with the Camden RiverSharks of the Atlantic League. Sams also spent time in the Mexican League and in Taiwan.
Curaçaoan Dashenko Ricardo has six years of affiliated baseball with the organizations of the Orioles, Giants and Dodgers under his belt. In six years of affiliated ball, he played at all levels but A-Advanced. In those six years, Ricardo hit a modest .224. After his release by the Dodgers, he went to the Netherlands to play for Corendon Kinheim. After two years with the club from Haarlem, he spent a season with Curaçao Neptunus before signing with the Lincoln SaltDogs.
The American Association / CanAm League All-Star Game will be played on July 25th.