Loek van Mil, who pitched the 2014 season in the organization of the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the NPB, reportedly signed a deal with the Minnesota Twins.
Van Mil returned to the Netherlands after his adventure in Japan in which he only played a limited number of games with Eagles. Most of the season Van Mil played for the club’s Ni-Gun team (minor league team). In the final week of the 2014 season he had a couple of appearances with the NPB team. In seven games (8.2 innings pitched) he got one loss, allowed four runs on seven hits and posted an ERA of 4.15. He walked as many as he struck out: seven.
It won’t be the first time that the 30-year old, seven feet, pitcher will play for the Twins’ organization. In 2006 he made his first steps in US baseball with that organization. In 2010 he was traded to the Anaheim Angels who traded him to the Indians in 2012. Eventually he played his last season with the organization of the Cincinnati Reds at AA (Pensacola) en AAA (Louisville).
According to Baseball America, the Twins have signed him to a minor league deal. So it looks like that Curacao Neptunus has to finish the season without Van Mil, who appeared in nineteen games this season. In 24.2 innings he struck out 31 batters and only walked nine. He sported one of the lowest ERA’s in the Dutch Hoofdklasse with 0,36 ERA.