In the series “Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization” it is time to pay attention to:
Number of Dutchies: 2
Danny was born in the USA from an American mother and a Spanish father. At the age of nine he moved to the Netherlands where he ended up playing baseball at the Bixie Baseball Academy and the flag ship team of PSV in Eindhoven (playing in the eerste klasse = two levels below Dutch Major League). Since 2009 Danny was in the picture of Pirates’ scouts. Eventually they signed the (now) 22-year old to a contract in 2011. Danny debuted with the DSL Pirates in the same year, when he hit a modest .200 in 48 games. In the next year his average jumped to .308, which earned him a promotion to the Gulf Coast League in 2013. In that league he hit .307 in 50 games. In those three seasons in the low Rookie Leagues, Danny played all infield positions but 2B and SS. In the 2013-2014 off season, Danny played for the Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian Baseball League. In the 2014 season he played for the Bristol Pirates of the Appalachian League (advanced Rookie). In 160 at bats he collected 45 hits (.281). With that team he played only at first base and behind home plate. As a catcher he posted fielding percentage of .977. At first base he committed two errors (.987).
For the first time Danny is used mainly as a third baseman with the West Virginia Black Bears, this season. As a catcher he had a perfect score in 11 games. As a third baseman he played 20 games in which he committed 7 errors. But regarding the fact that he has hardly played third base before, he will need time to adapt to the positon.
At bat he has a .267 at the moment. His batting average was much higher a few weeks ago. It was even that good that it earned him a spot in the All Star Game of the New York – Penn League.
Dutch born Paul Brands signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in May of this year. Paul played for the Kennemerland Baseball Academy Rabbits in Haarlem. He was the first player of this academy who signed a deal with an MLB club.
Shortly before he signed the deal with Pittsburgh, he debuted with Vaessen Pioniers in the Dutch Hoofdklasse. Paul debuted with the DSL Pirates but after three games he was sent to the Gulf Coast League.
So far, the 18-year old catcher has played 14 games for the GCL Pirates in which he posted a .238 BA with a .360 Slugging Percentage.
So far he played only five games as a catcher in which he committed 2 errors and in which he managed to throw out only one of fifteen potential base stealers.
Of course his numbers are not really impressive yet. But it will take time to adapt to the league and life in the US.