In the series “Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization” it is time to pay attention to:
Number of Dutchies: 8
Curacao native Jonahtan is on a very hot streak right now. Yesterday in the game vs the Athletics, he went 2 for 4 lifting his batting average to .298. In his last seven games, Jonathan is hitting a whopping .417. But with Jonathan it is not only about hitting. He is a fine fielding second baseman. Even though Ryan Flaherty filled in pretty well when Jonathan was on the DL with knee problems, Jonathan has a big plus over Flaherty: his bat. Flaherty committed only one error in 51 games on second base bu this batting average hovers in the low .200s. Besides that, Jonathan has some pop in his bat that makes him hit a homerun once in a while.
Sharlon is the older brother of Jonathan and currently playing at AAA level for the Norfolk Tides. Even though his player page at MiLB.com says that he is a shortstop, he has only played at second base for the Tides. His defense is rather equal compared to his brother. In 26 games at AAA level he committed two errors. His stats even show a game in which he pitched for an inning. In the game vs the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) on July 11, he pitched the ninth inning in which he gave up two walks and an earned run.
Sharlon’s problem remains hitting. At times he excells but then again he slumps. Right now he is sporting a .202 BA at AAA level.
This 21-year old catcher from Curacao is currently on the 7-day Disabled List. His numbers as a catcher are decent with a .989 fielding percentage and five potential base stealers of fourteen thrown out. At the start of the season he played five games for the Frederick Keys (A Advanced) but due to disappointing results at bat he was sent down to Full A Delmarva. For the Shorebirds he was hitting .167 before he went on the DL.
The brother of Kevin Moesquit (who is playing in the Dutch Major League) is playing A Short Season ball in the New York-Penn League for the Aberdeen IronBirds (named after “Iron Man” Cal Ripken).
The 20-year old appeared in twelve games in which he collected eight hits in fourty at bats. He drove in two runs and scored six himself. His defense is somewhat shaky. In eight games at third base he committed three errors (.769 fielding percentage) and in two games at shortstop he committed two (.800).
As part of the Perfect Game organization the Curacaoan was drafted in the 24th round of this year’s draft by the Baltimore Orioles.
After playing seven games at Aberdeen (where he hit .200) at the start of the New York-Penn League season, he was promoted to the Delmarva Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League. So far he appeared in 32 games in the Sally League in which his batting average hovers around .250. He isn’t much of a power hitter as he hit only two extra bases (two doubles). In three base stealing attempts he was thrown out twice.
As a right fielder with the Shorebirds he still didn’t commit an error.
This 20-year old pitcher was also born in Curacao. Wendell appeared in ten games for the Gulf Coast League Orioles, all in relief. With a 1-2 record and a 3.14 ERA his numbers appear not too shabby. But in 14.1 innings he struck out six, walked five and allowed five earned runs. His opponents are hitting .245. Wendell signed with the Orioles in 2011. He split the 2014 season between the DSL and GCL.
Another son of Curacao. Rechendrick is playing for the DSL Orioles. Since 2012 Rechendrick is playing in the DSL. Unfortunately the hitting stats of the outfielder are declining. In 2012 he hit .210 but in the following years his numbers went down to .143 (2015 season). On the defensive side he is doing rather well. In 27 games he committed only one error this season.
In 2013 the Curacao native Rachid Engelhardt signed a deal with the Baltimore Orioles. So far, the brother of Bryan Engelhardt, who is playing at Dutch Major League club Corendon Kinheim, played in the DSL. So far this season he has appeared in 32 games in wich he sported a .236 batting average. Even though his player page at MiLB.com says that he is a left fielder, he is merely used as a utility man. This season he has played all outfield positions and games at first base and at second base.