Chadwick Tromp promoted to AAA

In a move to fill a void on the Louisville Bats' roster, the Cincinnati Reds have promoted Aruban catcher Chadwick Tromp to their International League affiliate. The Reds made plenty of roster moves the other day, a string of catcher promotions as a part of it. Cassidy Brown was promoted from the Daytona Tortugas (A …

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Dutchies Around the World

In this episode of Dutchies around the world we pay attention to Andrelton Simmons, Ademar Rifaela, Ray-Patrick Didder, Kirvin Moesquit, Wladimir Balentien and Kevin Kelly. MLB Andrelton Simmons is still one of the best shortstops in the game. He is capable of the most amazing plays. In the past few years, his fielding percentage was in …

Wally Vrolijk caught for PED use

Wally Vrolijk, the 23-year-old Aruban pitcher of the Ulm Falcons (German Bundesliga) has been caught with traces of performance-enhancing drugs in his blood. As a result, the Falcons dismissed Vrolijk from all of his duties with the club.  After the first game vs the Saarlouis Hornets, Vrolijk had to undergo a blood test. the A …

Dutchies around the World 2018, part 2

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the World 2018, we pay attention to Xander Bogaerts, Chadwick Tromp, Tom de Blok, Eugene Helder and Rick van den Hurk.  MLB Before getting on the 10-day DL, Xander Bogaerts was red hot. In nine games he hit a whopping .368 with seven doubles and two home runs. …

Dutchies around the World 2018

A new baseball season, a new round of updates about players of the Dutch Kingdom. With the Minor League season a week old now, it is time to shed a light on my fellow countrymen. MLB Even before the season started, it was clear that Ozzie Albies would be the everyday second baseman of the Atlanta …

Dutchies on Minor League Opening Day rosters

You may have noticed that the Minor League season started yesterday. I have been roaming the internet to find out where players of the Dutch kingdom would be placed. Here is an overview of those players. A lot of players from the Dutch Kingdom, are playing in the Minor Leagues. Some did not get playing time …

Shawn Zarraga released by Dodgers

Shawn Zarraga has to look for a new club. At the end of Spring Training, on March 30, the Dodgers acquired catcher Cael Brockmeyer, who was released by the Cubs. In order to make room for him, the club from Los Angeles released Shawn Zarraga. After the 29-year old Aruban signed a minor league contract …

Sicnarf Loopstok to start 2018 at AA

Sicnarf Loopstok, the player who won the MiLB moniker madness once, will start the 2018 season at a higher level than the previous season. The Cleveland Indians sent him to the AA Akron RubberDucks. Last season, Sicnarf (Francis reversed) played at A-Advanced level with the Lynchburg Hillcats. The 24-year old Aruban was used as a …

White Sox sign Aruban talent

Last month, the Chicago White Sox signed a talented player from the Dutch Kingdom as 17-year old Aruban talent, Jerrick Francees signed a minor league deal with the Southsiders. According to a short article by CBS Sports, Francees is just six-feet tall, and 170 pounds. He has a hitch in his swing, but he gets …

Eugene Helder promoted to A Full Season

Aruba native Eugene Helder has been promoted to the Clinton LumberKings by the Seattle Mariners organization. Last year, Helder spent most part at A-Short Season with the Everett AquaSox. Next to the seventy games with Everett, Helder also had a cup of coffee with the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA, Pacific Coast League) but that promotion was …

Braves are high on Ray Patrick-Didder

Yesterday, the Atlanta Braves played their last exhibition game before Opening Day. In a nine-inning event, they took on their most promising minor league players. One of those future stars, as the team was called in the box score, was Aruba born Ray Patrick-Didder. This spring training Ray-Patrick had six at-bats with the MLB squad. Unfortunately, he …

Jiandido Tromp practices at AAA level

Aruban born Jiandido Tromp has been assigned to the Phillies' AAA spring training camp. With 122 games with the AA Fightin Phils, the 24-year old also played three games at AAA level with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. So it looks like, Jiandido is starting where he had a cup of coffee last season.  Jiandido had a …

Tromp drives in walk-off run

He may not be known by many Cincinnati Reds fans, but Aruban Chadwick Tromp drove in the winning (walk off) run for the Reds vs the Chicago White Sox in yesterday's Cactus League game. The (almost) 23-year old Aruban, is in his fifth professional season. Last year he was promoted to AA Pensacola, where he spent …

Shawn Zarraga non-roster invitee for Dodgers spring training camp

Once again Aruban catcher Shawn Zarraga has received an invitation for the spring training camp of an MLB club as a non-roster player. This time the Dodgers invited the player of team Kingdom of the Netherlands. Zarraga was signed to a new contract on January 17. The Dodgers assigned him to their AAA roster and invited …

Update on Dutchie prospects in top 50 lists

A few days ago the Dutch Baseball Hangout posted an overview of players of the Dutch Kingdom who were ranked in the top 50 prospect lists of the organization they are playing for. Here is an update on that list. Isranel (Izzy) Wilson This 19-year old talent from St. Maarten (St. Martin) is playing in the …

Overview Dutchie top fifty prospects

In the previous article, you could read about Tom de Blok and his entrance in the Tigers' prospect top 50. But there are more players from the Dutch kingdom who are in the top fifty of their club's prospect list. An overview.  Zander Wiel Zander Wiel, son of  Randy Wiel, former assistant coach of the Los …

Randolph Oduber and Dashenko Ricardo return to Lincoln SaltDogs

The Lincoln SaltDogs announced the other day, they have re-signed Curaçaoan catcher Dashenko Ricardo for a second season. Also, Randolph Oduber from Aruba will call Lincoln home for the 2018 season. Both players were teammates last season already and even in the Dutch hoofdklasse they played together on the squad of Curaçao Neptunus, the eighteen-time Dutch champion, …

Tampa Bay Rays sign Aruban talent

Another MLB club has discovered the pool of talent of the Dutch Caribbean islands. This time the Tampa Bay Rays have signed catcher Nigel Calmes to a six-year contract.  Calmes did a tryout during a so-called High Player Profile tryout in front of 30 MLB teams. In the recent past, the Baltimore Orioles followed Nigel as …