Detroit Tigers and West Michigan WhiteCaps extend PDC

The affiliation news keeps coming. This time the Detroit Tigers extended their Player Development Contract with their A Full Season farm team West Michigan WhiteCaps. Even though the current contract will only expire in 2020, the Tigers were eager to extend their partnership with their A Full Season farm team. Since the WhiteCaps became a …

Midwest League suspends the Mascot of the Peoria Chiefs

Only in Minor League Baseball... Homer, the mascot of the Peoria Chiefs has received a suspension by the Midwest League. Reason? He used a squirt gun to wet an umpire. The league thought this was inappropriate and suspended the mascot for one game.  In the e-mail the Chiefs received, the Midwest League stated the following: …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Tom de Blok enters Tigers’ prospect top 50

According to the website prospects1500.com, Dutch pitcher Tom de Blok has entered the top 50 of Detroit Tigers prospects. Rather quick after his debut with the Tigers' A Full Season team, the West Michigan WhiteCaps, Tom has made his presence felt. Just before the 2017 season, Tom was signed by the Detroit Tigers after a …

Tom de Blok pitches gem in final game

It looks like Tom de Blok has straightened the ship after a couple of poor outings.  In the final game of the regular season, Tom de Blok shutout the Fort Wayne TinCaps as he lasted seven innings for the West Michigan WhiteCaps. The game review on MiLB.com, headed: de Blok leads West Michigan to 4-1 …

Wichita an affiliated city again?

The other week, Mayor Jeff Longwell of Wichita, KS, stated the city will announce a minor league affiliation by the end of the year. A bold statement. Is Wichita playing bluff poker or does the city have a trick on its sleeve? After I read the announcement, I have been thinking: "Which team of which …

De Blok bounces back from couple of bad starts

Yesterday, Tom de Blok made another start for the West Michigan WhiteCaps. After several bad starts, he seemed to have found his groove again as he lasted seven innings and did not allow a run. After being transformed into a starting pitcher, Tom de Blok put up some promising numbers as he mowed down the …

Tom de Blok hit hard for the change

For the first time since becoming a starting pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization, Tom de Blok did last less than four innings. Not because he was limited to a pitch count, but because he was hit hard. Nevertheless, the West Michigan WhiteCaps beat the Fort Wayne TinCaps 9-7. It was a night to forget …

Tom de Blok flat out dominant in second win

In his fourth start with the WhiteCaps, Tom de Blok dominated the opposing lineup. The WhiteCaps let him pitch one inning more than in his previous outing. Unlike his previous start, Tom got plenty of run support as he shut out the Quad Cities River Bandits and the WhiteCaps won 7-0. Since his return to …

Tom de Blok clinches first win as a starter

"Captains get "de Blok-ed" in 2-0 Shutout" headed the website of the West Michigan WhiteCaps. Dutch pitcher Tom de Blok earned his first win in a dominant outing vs the Lake County Captains.  At Classic Park, home of the Lake County Captains, the fans saw Tom de Blok finish off the home team in a …

De Blok returns to WhiteCaps in pitching duel

The Detroit Tigers have been moving around Dutch pitcher Tom de Blok lately. The Tigers want to convert the closer/ reliever into a starter and that's why the 21-year old was sent down to A Short Season recently. But last night, after a solid outing of three innings with the Connecticut Tigers of the New …

Tom de Blok debuts as starting pitcher

Last night, Dutch pitcher Tom de Blok debuted as a starting pitcher with the Connecticut Tigers. The parent club from Detroit think Tom, who used to be a reliever/closer in the Dutch leagues, can be converted into a starter.  The 21-year old pitcher from Amstelveen in the Netherlands started in the second game of the …

Tigers want to convert Tom de Blok into starting pitcher

Recently, the Detroit Tigers announced Tom de Blok was sent down to extended spring training. The other day, it became clear why Tom was sent down.  In a Facebook post, a proud mother announced Tom was sent down to extended spring training because the Tigers think Tom works his way through innings easily, so they …