Rockies and Tourists extend affiliation

The Colorado Rockies and its A Full Season affiliate Asheville Tourists announced they have extended their Player Development Contract (PDC) through the 2020 season. The two teams are affiliated since 1994, one year after the Rockies debuted in MLB. Since their affiliation with the Rockies, the Tourists have won two Sally League (South Atlantic League) …

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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 …

Another good outing for Tom de Blok

Tom de Blok seems to have found his groove again. In Wednesday game vs the Clearwater Threshers (Miami Marlins), Tom clinched his second win of the season. The right-handed Dutchman started the game in an impressive way as he retired the side in the first three innings. In the fourth though, he got into trouble …

Darren Seferina released but picked up by Brewers

Curaçao native Darren Seferina was released by the St. Louis Cardinals last Saturday. But the infielder found a new club in no time. Yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers picked him up and sent him to AA Biloxi Shuckers of the Southern League.  After a successful season with the Springfield Cardinals, in which he hit .277, the …

Kevin Moesquit to Fortitudo Bologna

Fortitudo Bologna announced the acquisition of Kevin Moesquit. The Curaçao born middle infielder will join the Italian powerhouse on May 20, in time for the European Champions Cup. Apparently, it is never enough for Italian teams. Quite often, Italian teams make moves like Bologna does now by acquiring a hired gun to reinforce themselves just in …

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 …

Blue Jays and Bisons extend PDC

The Toronto Blue Jays and the Buffalo Bisons have extended their player development contract with two more years. The extension runs through the 2020 season. The Blue Jays and the Bisons (AAA, International League) have been partners since 2013 after the Blue Jays fled Las Vegas as the team was not happy with the distance …

Tom de Blok bounces back with great outing

After struggling in his first three starts, Tom de Blok came back with a blast yesterday. In the game of his Lakeland Tigers vs the Florida FireFrogs, Tom pitched a gem for the win. Compared to his previous short outings (3 innings, and 4.1 twice), Tom lasted 6 innings last night. He could not complain …

A promotion that fuels the rivalry

The AAA Pawtucket Red Sox will have a promotion that fuels the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. It is all based on the bench-clearing brawl that was sparked by Tyler Austin's slide at second base and the brushback pitch by Joe Kelly. In that particular game between the two hated …

Amarillo name-the-team contest

As Amarillo will be home to a new Texas League (AA) team starting 2019, a name is needed for the new franchise. Therefore the management is running a name-the-team contest.  If you have followed this blog, you will have read about the major changes in the minor league landscape that are coming up in 2019. …

Hendrik Clementina leads Dragons to win

In a see-saw affair, the Dayton Dragons rallied in the final two innings to get a comeback from behind win in the Midwest League matchup against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Curaçaoan Hendrik Clementina played a huge part in this 9-5 win. Serving as a DH, Hendrik went 3 for 4 with a double and three RBI. …

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. …

Las Vegas 51s to rebrand in 2019

If everything goes according to plan, 2018 will be the final season for the Las Vegas 51s. Next year the club will move into a new ballpark in Summerlin and according to the club, this will be a perfect occasion to rebrand. According to their website and their Instagram account, the name 51s will be …

Baseball in Portland (OR), a good idea or not?

According to a report at Oregonlive.com, a potential ownership group is gaining momentum in their attempt to lure Major League Baseball to Portland. With Portland's history with professional baseball, you may wonder if that is a good idea. The potential owners have been talking with the city in private. Even though the city has faced …

Sharlon Schoop back at AAA

Sharlon Schoop is back with the Norfolk Tides. The Curaçaoan infielder was placed on the roster of the Aberdeen IronBirds at the start of the Minor League season.  After he was added to the Tides roster, Sharlon was put in the lineup immediately. In the 7-3 loss vs the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies), Sharlon …

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 …

Tom De Blok tabbed with loss in A-Advanced debut

Last night, Dutch RHP Tom de Blok made his A-Advanced debut in the Florida State League. It was one he won't fondly remember. Tom lasted only three innings in which he gave up four runs, of which three were earned, as the Lakeland Flying Tigers lost to the Bradenton Marauders 7-3. Tom started the game …

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 …