Another Dutchie signs MiLB contract

In the last few years, many Dutchies signed contracts with MLB organizations. Mostly players from Curaçao and Aruba but now and then also a player from the Netherlands. Yesterday another Dutch kid signed a deal with the Twins. RHP Donny Breek signed a seven-year deal with the Minnesota Twins. Breek is the seventh pitcher from the Dutch …

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Gregorius pushes Jeter out of record books

In today's game vs the Minnesota Twins, Yankees' shortstop Didi Gregorius has pushed Derek Jeter out of the record books. Gregorius has replaced Jeter as the Yankee shortstop with the most home runs in one season. Derek Jeter set a record for most home runs in a season by Yankee shortstops in 1999 when he …

Contract Shairon Martis acquired by Orioles

Another pitcher of team Kingdom of the Netherlands has signed a deal with a Major League organization thanks to a good performance during the World Baseball Classic. In this case, Shairon Martis, who has been acquired by the Baltimore Orioles. Today the website of the American Association stated that the contract of Shairon Martis has been …

Didi Gregorius and Jim Kaat to visit Kiwis

Amsterdam born shortstop of the New York Yankees Didi Gregorius and former Minnesota Twins pitcher and Yankees announcer Jim Kaat will pay a visit to New Zealand. Both will have their own schedule as Kaat already arrived and Didi will arive on January 9. Jim Kaat will tour the country to motivate youngsters to play …

Twins PDC news

The Minnesota Twins and the Rochester RedWings have extended their Player Development Contract with two more years through the 2018 season. Both clubs are cooperating since 2003 when the Twins took over the affiliation from the Baltimore Orioles. Accoring to the Twins' interim General Manager Rob Anthony "It’s been a tremendous partnership that we’ve had …

Zander Wiel named Player of the Month

Zander Wiel (with Curacao roots) has been named Player of the Month of the Midwest League as MiLB.com announced today. Zander is the son of Randy Wiel, a former basketball player from Curacao, who played in the Dutch basketball league and was assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers during the days of Shaquille O’Neal and …

Two new Dutchies in “higher” ranks of MiLB

For a column that I write for the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation), I bumped into new Dutchies that I didn't notice before.  Zander Wiel and Chris Pieters are the guys that are rather new to me. Zander Wiel was born in Murfreesboro TN, from a Curacao father. This father happens to be …

More new merchandise ahead

Rebranding means new merchandise. This is exactly why some clubs change names and colors at times. The Lynchburg HillCats announced that they will change their name and colors before the start of the 2017 season. Sometimes you wonder why. There are clubs that certainly need a rebranding, but other really don't. In my opinion the …

Max Kepler called up by Twins

German native Max Kepler have been called up by the Minnesota Twins. Within a week after the Minor League season had started, the contract of the 23-year old was acquired from the Rochester RedWings because of a hamstring injury of center fielder. Danny Santana. Max is more versatile than Santana because he can also play …

Loek van Mil and Max Kepler will be team mates

Since I didn't hear much about Loek van Mil and his preparation for the upcoming season, I decided to check the roster of the Minnesota Twins' AAA affiliate, the Rochester RedWings. Of course it was announced earlier this week that the Twins had sent Max Kepler to theirAAA farm team, but it didn't ring a …

Minor League history: Cocoa Rookie League

After a lot of leagues that are defunct for a long time, now a piece of more recent history. The Cocoa Rookie League was a (like the name says) a rookie league that lasted for only one season in 1964. The league was situated in Cocoa and Melbourne in Florida and was one of the …

Loek van Mil returns at AAA

Loek van Mil who returned to the Netherlands after spending the major part of the 2014 season in the minors of the NPB in Japan, has played his first game in the affiliated Minor Leagues since 2013. Yesterday the 30-year old debuted with the Rochester RedWings in a game vs division rival Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. After …

Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization: Minnesota Twins

Today in "Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization:              Number of Dutchies: 3 Matz Schütte: Matz signed a contract with the Minnesota Twins in September 2014. The tall pitcher who was born in Almere, came to Dutch Hoofdklasse club HCAW through his home town Almere '90 and baseball academy Scimitars. …

Milwaukee Brewers prospect comes out

Something that is rather normal nowadays in the Netherlands and the most of Europe, but apparently someone being gay is still hard to accept for many Americans. Yesterday, David Denson, a first baseman and one of the top prospects in the Brewers' farm system made it public that he is gay. This happened in an interview with …

Ozhaino Albies and Max Kepler selected for World Team in Futures game

Curacao native Ozhaino Albies has received an invitation for the Futures Game, the yearly event that precedes the All Star Game and features the most talented players from the Minor Leagues. It is the first time that a player from Curacao receives an invitation for the Futures Game since Jurickson Profar played in the game. …

Orioles draft talent from Curacao

The Baltimore Orioles have drafted Kirvin Moesquit from Curacao. The twenty-year old player was picked up by the O's in the twenty-fourth round. Kirvin can play shortstop and is also capable to play in the outfield. Last year he played for the Seminole State College for which he batted .368 with three homeruns, twenty-nine runs …