Season over for Tom de Blok

Don't worry, this isn't about a season ending injury. But the season for Tom de Blok is simply over because his team, the West Michigan WhiteCaps was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. In the first round of the Midwest League play offs, the West Michigan WhiteCaps faced the Dayton Dragons. The best …

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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 …

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 …

Another great outing for Tom de Blok

It starts to get annoying  😉 , but last night Dutch pitcher Tom de Blok had another great performance for the West Michigan WhiteCaps. Also thanks to this performance, the WhiteCaps beat the Lake County Captains 3-0. After his last appearance, which wasn't a start but a three inning relief appearance, this one was of …

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 …

Dutchies around the World, part 5

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the World, we pay attention to Andrelton Simmons, Jair Jurrjens, Spencer Kieboom, Gianfranco Wawoe, Tom de Blok and Mike Bolsenbroek. Andrelton Simmons After a good start, Andrelton Simmons' batting average dropped to .246, 14 points lower than his career average. In the month of April, Andrelton was hitting very …

Tom de Blok added to WhiteCaps rosters

It has taken him a while since he signed the contract with the Detroit Tigers early April, but finally, Tom de Blok has been added to the roster of the A Full Season West Michigan WhiteCaps. After Tom has signed a contract with the Tigers, it took rather long before the paperwork was dealt with …

Tom de Blok signs deal with the Detroit Tigers

Today L&D Amsterdam Pirates announced on their Facebook page that Tom de Blok will leave the club. De Blok has signed a deal with the Detroit Tigers after his good performance during the World Baseball Classic for team Kingdom of the Netherlands. Tom de Blok had a couple of solid outings during the World Baseball …

Kingdom of the Netherlands no match for AZ Diamondbacks

In the final test before the WBC semi-final against Puerto Rico, team Kingdom of the Netherlands was no match for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the five innings that Zack Greinke was on the mound, he limited the Dutch to six hits and one run. Eventually, the Dutch fell to the Diamondbacks 12-5. D-Backs manager Lovullo …

WBC 2017: Dutch go down in eleven vs Japan

In another promotion for the WBC, Japan bested the Kingdom of the Netherlands in dramatic fashion as Rick van den Hurk could not keep the Japanese All-Star lineup on a leash like he has been doing in the past two seasons in the NPB. After Van den Hurk was replaced, the bullpen kept the Dutch …

Kingdom of the Netherlands warming up

Where the team without the MLB players had a hard time vs KBO teams during the training camp in Arizona, the team with the MLB players cruised through the first practice game on Korean soil. The bats were awake and the pitching did well. In the Gocheok Sky Dome, the stadium that will host WBC …