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. …

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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 …

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 …

Tom de Blok practices at A Full Season level

In a Tweet, Detroit Tigers minor league writer Emily Waldon, showed a clip with Tom de Blok throwing pitches in a bullpen next to Jordan Zimmerman. I hear you think "Wow". But Zimmerman was scheduled to pitch an exhibition game with the A-Advanced team of the Tigers. https://twitter.com/EmilyCWaldon/status/975415394923053057 After a stellar performance with team Kingdom of …

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 …

Scout who discovered several Dutchies passes away

    Most European baseball fans may not know him, but the person who scouted several European players for the Mariners has passed away. Wayne Norton scouted Italy's own Alex Liddi and Dutchies like Greg Halman, Kalian Sams and Tom de Blok. Norton died as the result of ALS. Wayne Norton was a career minor …

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 …

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 …