Dutch hoofdklasse club Hoofddorp Pioniers has reinforced its pitching with a former pro from Aruba. Ryan Oduber, a lefthander, was added to the pitching staff today.
Ryan Oduber was part of the Aruban team that reached the championship game of the Junior League World Series in 2012. Because of his Aruban heritage, Ryan was added to the designated pitcher pool of team Kingdom of the Netherlands for the 2017 World Baseball Classic. In the preparation for that tournament, he pitched in practice games vs Gateway Community College and the KC Dinos from Korea.
Thanks to his move to Hoofddorp, the 20-year old is available for team Kingdom of the Netherlands immediately.
In 2014, Ryan signed a contract with the organization of the Boston Red Sox. In the following season, he made his professional debut for the DSL Red Sox. In the next two years, he moved up to the GCL and the New York-Penn League. But with the Lowell Spinners, his numbers were not that impressive. Even though the number of Ks (27 in 31.2 innings) was not too shabby, his ERA was rather high with 5.40 and his WHIP was on the high side as well with 1.71. His opponents hit .321. Eventually, the Red Sox released him from his duties earlier this year. In the years that preceded 2017, Ryan managed to keep his ERA and his WHIP in check. Also, the opponent’s batting average was rather low so you may wonder why he suffered from such a rapid decline.
After a lot of players left during the transition period in 2017, Hoofddorp Pioniers is looking to acquire more reinforcements.