In this episode of Dutchies around the World, we pay attention to Ozhaino Albies, Carter Kieboom, Spencer Kieboom, Sherten Apostel, Shervyen Newton, Edmond Americaan, Stephan Vidal and Roger Bernadina.
The Curaçaoan second baseman is having a good season so far. Currently, his batting average stands at .300. The main reason for that is his surge at bat. In his last fifteen games, Ozhaino batted .415 (27 for 65) and in his last seven games, he even batted .500 (16 for 32). In June his average even stood at .317 but thanks to a .299 July, it dropped a bit. In 93 games, Ozzie committed only three errors, resulting in a .993 fielding percentage.
After a cup of coffee with the Washington Nationals, Carter was sent down to AAA again. With the Fresno Grizzlies, Carter is doing more than fine. In 95 games, Carter collected 112 base hits in 360 at-bats (.311). Even though shortstop is his natural position, the Nats apparently are trying him at other positions as well. Carter played eight games at third base, fifty-seven at third base and thirty-four at second base. At second base, he committed four errors (.972 fielding percentage), at third also four (.833) and five at shortstop (.977).
The oldest of the two Kieboom brothers is playing at AA so far this season. After a decent stint with the Nationals last year, the Nats sent him to AA at the start of the 2019 season. Perhaps his batting average rights the decision of the Nats to send him down to AA as he is batting a subpar .206. With the Harrisburg Senators, Spencer isn’t getting much playing time as he only played thirty-nine games as backstop and eight at first base. As a catcher, he committed five errors (.984 fielding percentage).
Another player from Curaçao in Sherten Apostel. After eighty games with the Hickory Crawdads (A Full Season), Sherten was promoted to the Down East Wood Ducks (A-Advanced). With the Wood Ducks, Sherten is batting .246 in twenty-one games but in his last ten games, he is batting .345. In the twenty-one games with the Wood Ducks, Sherten committed one error so far (.981 fielding percentage).
The twenty-two-year-old Curaçaoan is having a good season at A-Short Season. Sherten started the season at A Full Season with the South Bend Cubs but struggled at bat. After eight games and a .160 batting average, the Cubs demoted him to the Eugene Emeralds.
With the Ems, Edmond is batting a decent .277. with two home runs, three triples and eleven doubles. In fourty-seven games in the outfield, he committed three errors (.970 fielding percentage).
Another player from Curaçao. Vidal, a catcher, is moved all around the low sections of the minors this season. He started the season with the AZL Royals before being promoted to the Wilmington Blue Rocks early May. But with the Blue Rocks he struggled and was sent down to Burlington (rookie). Eventually, the Royals promoted him to the Blue Rocks again but still he could not impress. As a result, he was sent down to Idaho Falls (Advanced Rookie) to join the Chukars. With Idaho Falls, Stephan is batting a sub-par .147. With the Chukars, Stephan is hardly getting some playing time. In eight games as a catcher, he played perfectly so far.
An eventful year for Roger Bernadina. After losing his job in Korea, he signe a contract with the Ishikawa Million Stars of the independent Baseball Challenge League in Japan. But even before the season started, the Lamigo Monkeys from Taiwan signed him to a contract. Despite a decent season, he was released after the first half of the season. The Algodoneros de Unión Laguna of the Mexican Baseball League (LMB) signed him to a one year deal. So far Roger is doing very well as he is batting .379 with four home runs and five doubles. In twenty-one games in the Mexican League, Roger committed two errors, resulting in a .963 fielding percentage.