Dutchies around the world will turn into a weekly item. Every week there will be information about other players at MLB, AAA, AA, A-Advanced, A Full Season, A Short Season, High Rookie and the various international leagues.
Xander is back from the bereavement list. Since his return, Xander is slowly catching fire. Xander started the season with hitting two hits in four at-bats. But then went 0 for 8 in the next two games. But in the next two games (April 12 + 13) Xander saw the ball well as he went 5 for 9, raising his average to .333. So far, Xander did not hit any extra base hits. As one of the best shortstop around, Xander did not commit an error in the five games that he played so far.
Ozhaino Albies had a rough start of the season; he started the season 0 for 5. And in games where he got a base hit, it was one out of five or six at-bats. But it seems that Ozzie has managed to adapt and slowly his batting average is on the rise. Last night he went 2 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base in the 3-2 win over the Norfolk Tides.
At his projected position in the Majors, second base, Ozzie has committed one error. At shortstop he is still flawless with a fielding percentage of 1.000.
Unlike previous years, Spencer is not a regular this season. With the Harrisburg Senators, he is used as the backup catcher of Raudy Read. So far Spencer appeared in two games. In the first, on April 8 vs the Altoona Curve, Spencer went 1 for 3. In the other game, on April 12, he went 1 for 4, resulting in a seasonal average of .286. In that last game, Spencer hit a two-run home run. Spencer did not commit an error yet and the opponents did not try to steal a base with him behind the dish.
Used as a utility player, Danny is doing well defenisvely. So far the Brandenton Marauders have used him at first base, third base and in right field. At all three positions, he did not commit an error yet (in a total of four games). At bat, Danny is doing not as well. In a few games, Danny served as a DH and despite his good start in his first appearance (2 for 4), his batting average has gone South ever since. After yesterday’s game, in which he went 0 for 2, his average stands at .190.
A Full Season
Kevin is back at the level where he finished the 2016 season, with the Rome Braves at the South Atlantic League. Kevin is coming off a rough start as he went 1 for 9 in the first three games that he played. But since the third game, his batting average is on the rise slowly. Last night vs the Charleston RiverDogs (a 14-8 loss for the Braves), Kevin went 1 for 4, raising his average to .200.
The second baseman of the Rome Braves has committed one error in six games (.952 fielding percentage).
Rick van den Hurk
Rick has had better starts of the season. Rick lost the first two games of the 2017 season. The tall Dutchman has only pitched 9.2 innings in two starts, giving up five runs on thirteen hits (one home run). Rick struck out five and walked four. His ERA currently stands at 4.66. His team, the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks aren’t doing very well either. The team is at a mediocre 6-6 record, trailing Pacific League leader Rakuten Golden Eagles by 2.5 games.
After spending a few years at AAA level in the USA, Roger decided to join the Kia Tigers in Korea. So far his hitting results are varying. Roger went 1 for 11 in the first three games, but then had a series of five consecutive games in which he got one hit at least (7 for 17). But in the last two games, Roger went 0 for 8 again, resulting in a batting average of .220. So far, Roger has three extra base hits: two doubles and a home run. He stole four bases and drove in six runs.