Nationals send Carter Kieboom up to A Advanced

Despite being hit by the injury bug, Carter Kieboom had a splendid season in 2017. Even this good that the Washington Nationals decided to move him up one level to the A Advanced Potomac Nationals. Carter got injured on May 13 and it took him until August 15 to return on the roster of the …

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Van den Hurk loses first 2018 start due to lack of run support

In his first start of the 2018 NPB season, Rick van den Hurk pitched a good game. Nevertheless, he took the loss as he did not get enough run support from his teammates as the Softbank Hawks fell 2-1 against the Saitama Seibu Lions. In the first inning, the Dutch righthander already gave up a …

Reds promote Hendrik Clementina

Hendrik Clementina has been promoted to A Full Season Dayton Dragons by the Cincinnati Reds. Last season he played at A Short Season with the Billings Mustangs. The 20-year old catcher will play his fifth season in 2018. Curaçao native Clementina made his first steps with the Dodgers in the Dominican Summer League. After two …

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 …

Chris Pieters moves up one level

Another player from the Dutch kingdom has earned a promotion. Last season, Chris Pieters played with the South Bend Cubs in the Midwest League. Today the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A-Advanced Carolina League) announced its Opening Day Roster on which Chris is mentioned. Chris is also moving fast through the Cubs' minor league system. The 23-year …

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 …

Another Dutchie promoted to higher level

The last couple of days, you could read here about players from the Dutch Kingdom who were promoted to a higher level in Minor League Baseball. This is another post like that. This time Zander Wiel has been promoted from A Advanced to AA. On Instagram, I bumped into this post where Zander was shown …

Orioles promote Kirvin Moesquit to A Full Season

The Delmarva Shorebirds announced their 2018 Break Camp roster, which is actually the opening day roster for the upcoming minor league season. New on this roster is 23-year old Curaçao native Kirvin Moesquit. Kirvin spent the previous two seasons with the A Short Season Aberdeen Ironbirds in the New York-Penn League. He hit .276 for the …

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 …

L&D Amsterdam Pirates signs Joey Bats

In desperate need of an extra outfielder, L&D Amsterdam Pirates made a bold move by hauling in José Bautista and bolster their lineup for the 2018 season. The move can be explained by the thin number of outfielders after Gilmer Lampe left for Fortitudo Bologna and Kalian Sams will head to Canada again soon.  According …

Tom de Blok promoted to A-Advanced

After a fruitful year with the West Michigan Whitecaps, Tom de Blok has been promoted to the Lakeland Flying Tigers (A-Advanced affiliate of the Detroit Tigers in the Florida State League). The 21-year old righthanded pitcher from Amstelveen in the Netherlands earned this promotion by having a great season in 2017. After a stellar performance …

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 …

Ademar Rifaela promoted to AA

Curaçao native Ademar Rifaela will start the season with the AA Bowie BaySox of the Eastern League. The 23-year old outfielder spent all of the 2017 season with the Frederick Keys of the A-Advanced Carolina League. Ademar had a good season with the Orioles' A-Advanced affiliate last year. He played 126 of the 140 regular …

Scrappers staying in Niles for 15 more years

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers, A short-season affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, announced they have extended the lease with the Cafaro Company with 15 years, keeping them at Eastwood Field through the 2033 season. After signing a two-year extension with the Indians, this is even more good news for the fans of the New York-Penn League franchise. …

Jurickson Profar makes Opening Day roster

After spending the biggest part of the 2017 season at AAA, Jurickson Profar made the Opening Day roster of the Texas Rangers. The 25-year old Curaçao native will fill the roster spot as a utility player. Before the start of Spring Training, Rangers GM Jon Daniels said that he expected Profar to be on the …

De Glaskoning Twins signs Aussie player

Dutch hoofdklasse club De Glaskoning Twins has signed an Australian player to reinforce their infield. Since the number of infielders is limited by four, there was a need for a fifth infielder. Therefore the club from Oosterhout acquired utility infielder Sam Kennelly of the Perth Heat.  In desperate need of a fifth infielder, De Glaskoning Twins …

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 …

“Save America’s pastime act” may be the death blow for indy leagues

Earlier this week, US Congress approved the "Save America's pastime act". This act will keep grossly underpaid affiliated minor league players underpaid. Major League Baseball lobbied and spent about $1,320,000 to get this bill passed. For years, former minor league players are trying to start a case against MLB to force them to pay minor …