I am a keen follower of Dutch players and players from the Netherlands Antilles who chase their big league dreams in the USA. Somehow the Dutch are stockpiling infielders: Andrelton Simmons, Jonathan Schoop, Didi Gregorius and Xander Bogaerts.
This time an overview of players who play at MLB, AAA and AA level.
Good news for Roger, bad news for the Dutch national team. Roger was scheduled to participate at the European Cup with the Dutch squad. Since he played at the Dodgers’ AAA team in Albuquerque and not on the 40-man roster, he was eligible for the Dutch team. But…. Don Mattingly, the manager of the Dodgers, called him up for a role as pinch runner who could be brought in from the bench. According to Mattingly, Roger is a speedy and very good baserunner who can be a threat on the bases. He proved the statement by scoring from second base in last Monday’s game on a hit by Dee Gordon.
Let’s stay with the Dodgers for a while. Roger Bernadina’s team mate, Kenley Jansen is on the way to become one of the best closers ever. Every now and then, he blows a save, like he did on September 3rd vs the Washington Nationals. In one inning he allowed three runs on four hits. But in his next two outings he kept the opponent hitless and lowered his ERA to 3.09. In these outings he clinched his 40th and 41st save.
It looks like Xander Bogaerts has shaken off some rust. In his last ten games he collected 15 hits in 40 at bats, including a solo shot in last night’s game vs the Orioles. His batting average is still rather low, but slowly it is climbing: currently it is .237.
On the defensive side he is doing rather well with a fielding percentage of .973.
Jonathan is having a weird season. He can have a range of games in which he hits very well, but then all of a sudden he has a range of games in which he doesn’t collect a hit. In the first full week of September he played four games in a row in which he went 5 for 13, to go hitless in 11 at bats in the next three games. His defense remains pristine. Except for first base, Jonathan has played every infield position. He is excelling at second base with a .986 fielding percentage. Have a look at this great play.
At the plate he is struggling and his BA has slipped to a low .204. In his last ten games he collected only 4 hits out of 28 at bats. Didi’s defense is good to put it mildly. His fielding percentage currently at .980.
Lately, Andrelton is struggling at bat. He is a player who claims that his defense is more important, but in his last ten games his batting average dropped from +.250 to .240. Even though Andrelton is one of the best short stops around, his fielding precentage is lower than the previous two seasons.
For Jair the season is over. The Colorado Springs SkySox didn’t reach the play offs.
The 2014 season has been a rollercoaster ride for Jair. Earlier this year he signed a Minor League contrat with the Cincinnati Reds, who sent him to Louisville. In the course of this season the Reds traded him to Colorado who placed him at the SkySox. Hardly he had arrived when the Rockies called him up to pitch in Denver. In his first start he was hit hard and allowed eight runs on twelve hits. After 4.2 innings he was pulled after he felt ill. In the hospital it appeared that he was bothered by the thin air in Denver. In his second start he also pitched 4.2 inning, but only allowed three runs on eight hits. After two games and an ERA of 10.61 the Rockies sent him back to Colorado Springs. He had some good outings and some bad outings for the SkySox. Too bad for him, he didn’t get much run support with his good outings, resulting in some losses. He finished the season at Colorado Springs with a 0-5 record and a 4.60 ERA. His opponents feasted on his pitches regarding their .280 BA.
(photo: courtesy of Rob Jelsma)
For Hainley the season is over as well. In his last weeks of the season he was struggling at the plate, though he collected six hits out of 11 at bats in his last three games. In the playoffs he slumped again and didn’t collect a hit anymore. The Huntsville Stars have been eliminated by the Chattanooga Lookouts and Hainley has joined team Netherlands for the upcoming European Cup.
Shawn finished the regular season with a .330 batting average. Not bad but he was in a big slump in the final weeks of the season as well. On August 20 his BA was still a splendid .365 but since then it slipped to the aforementioned .330. During the playoffs he didn’t collect a hit either. Just like Hainley Statia Shawn played for the Huntsville Stars. We can be sure that both players won’t play in Huntsville next season. The Stars have a new owner that will move the team to Biloxi in the state of Mississippi.
The older brother of Jonathan Schoop has joined the Dutch national team in the meantime in it’s preparation for the upcoming European Cup. Sharlon had a tough season. In the first months of the season he was a regular for the Bowie BaySox, but after his numbers began to decline he lost his starting role. Only in the last weeks of the season he played on a more regular basis. He finished the season with a .217 batting average and an overall fielding percentage of .970. At second base he didn’t commit an error.
Curt has joined the Dutch squad as well. The utility player of the Springfield Cardinals had a decent season. I realize that it start to get boring, but Curt was in a slump in the last weeks of the season. During the last ten games of the season he collected six hits out of thirty at bats. He ended with a .262 BA.
Juan Carlos Sulbaran
After coming off the DL Juan Carlos was hit hard in his final two starts of the season. He was pulled early twice and thus labelled with the loss. Due to these two bad starts he ended the season with a 8-10 record. His ERA of 3.25 shows that he had a decent season despite his ups and downs.