In a period in which the MLB Spring Training rosters are trimmed, several Dutchie non roster invitees are still with the big guys. Time for a second look to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands are doing.
Ozhaino Albies: Where top prospects like Jorge Mateo and Aaron Judge (both of the Yankees) are sent to minor league camp, Ozhaino is still with the Braves MLB team.
His hitting stats have gone down a bit, hovering around .320 now, as he went 0 for 1 yesterday vs the Astros. In the blow out loss vs the Nationals on Saturday, Ozhaino went 1 for 4. His OPS remains pretty high with .810.
In the same blow out game between the Nationals and the Braves another player of the Kingdom of the Netherlands saw action. Randolph Oduber had just been called up by the Nats to fill a spot in the outfield. In a pinch hit appearance, the Aruban outfielder hit the first pitch that he saw for a single to center field.
Another non roster invitee, Juan Carlos Sulbaran, is also still on the roster of the Cardinals. Last Saturday, Sulbaran took the mound in the eighth inning and kept the New York Mets hitless with two ground outs and a pop out. With this performance, Sulbaran kept his ERA at 0.00.
Shortstop Calten Daal is still with the Reds. Yesterday he went 1 for 2, raising his batting average to a modest .167. On the defensive side he was part of three double plays: a 6-4 and two 4-6-3. [EDIT] Last night, a post on MiLB.com announced that Calten was sent down to minor league camp.
Spencer Kieboom is also still with the Big League team. The US born catcher of Dutch descent is hitting better than he normally does with an average of .273. His defense is still undisputed as he has not committed an error yet. His percentage of thrown out wannabe base stealers stays behind with his regular numbers though. 1 out of 4 attempts (25%).
Shawn Zarraga is still on the Big League roster of the Dodgers. Last Friday he played in the game vs. the Angels, Shawn went 2 for 3 with a double for he Dodgers. As he is only used as DH, you can wonder how long he will stay on the MLB roster.
While his older brother is putting up some nice numbers, Sharlon Schoop was still in MiLB camp. Until yesterday. Yesterday he was called up and replaced his brother in the batting order. His only at bat came in the ninth as he grounded out for the second out of the inning.In the bottom of the eighth he committed a throwing error.
Another brother combo sat in the dugout of the Texas Rangers as Juremi Profar entered the game in the bottom of the seventh as he replaced Joey Gallo at third base. In the top of the ninth, Juremi flied out to center field in his only at bat.
Because of visa problems, Roger Bernadina reported late at Spring Training. So far he appeared in six games in which he collected three hits in thirteen at bats. Today he entrered the game in the sixth inning as he replaced Alejandro de Asa. In his sole at bat, Roger flied out to left field. With this his BA dropped to .231.
Xander Bogaerts still is a bit shaky in his performance at bat. He started today’s game with a .276 BA, but after going 0 for 3 it slipped to .235. His defense needs to warm up as well as he committed two errors in just seven games.
Like I said before, Jonathan Schoop is putting up some nice numbers this Spring Training. The 24-year old second baseman of the Orioles went 1 for 2 on Sunday and drew a walk to raise his average to .400. But in today’s game he went 0 for 1, so his average dropped to .385.
Didi Gregorius had a slow start this spring but in the last two games he saw the ball well. On Friday in the 7-1 win over Baltimore, Didi went 3 for 3 for the Yankees. In yesterday’s game he went 1 for 3 resulting in a .368 average for the spring. The number of games that he played in so far is limited to seven but in those games he did not commit an error.
Jurickson Profar is still looking for the right shape as he committed two errors in just six games. At bat he did not find his groove either as he is hitting a modest .200.
Andrelton Simmons stated the other day that his trade to the Angels hit him hard; like
your first girlfriend is breaking up with you. But he has learned to mae the best out of it.
At bat Simmons is not impressive yet. Sure he is hitting .280, better than he usually does, but Spring Training numbers do not mean a thing in general. His defense is still perfect as he did not commit an error in the seven games that he played.
In just three appearances (three innings), Kenly Jansen, has given up one earned run. He gave up one run and struck out two for the Dodgers. In today’s game, Kenly pitched one inning in which he gave up a run on two hits, raising his ERA to 6.00.