Dutch baseball · Minor League Baseball

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… Continue reading De Blok returns to WhiteCaps in pitching duel

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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… Continue reading Tom de Blok debuts as starting pitcher

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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… Continue reading Tigers want to convert Tom de Blok into starting pitcher

Curacao baseball · Dutch baseball

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… Continue reading Dutchies around the World, part 5

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Convincing debut for Tom de Blok

Only 1,361 fans at Fifth Third Ballpark saw Tom de Blok, who was recently added to the roster of the West Michigan WhiteCaps, make his debut for the A full season farm team of the Detroit Tigers in a 5-4 loss vs the Clinton LumberKings. And what a debut it was. After starting pitcher Kyle Funkhouser… Continue reading Convincing debut for Tom de Blok

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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… Continue reading Tom de Blok added to WhiteCaps rosters

Aruban Baseball · Curacao baseball · Dutch Hoofdklasse · Minor League Baseball

Dutchies in the minors

We all know by now which Dutchies (players from Curacao and Aruba) are playing in the Major Leagues. But there is a big number of  Aruban, Curacaoan and Dutch players playing at several levels of the minors. Here is an overview from AA to A Full Sesaon. AA After a rough spring training, Spencer Kieboom… Continue reading Dutchies in the minors