In this week’s edition of Dutchies around the World, we pay attention to Andrelton Simmons, Jair Jurrjens, Spencer Kieboom, Gianfranco Wawoe, Tom de Blok and Mike Bolsenbroek.
After a good start, Andrelton Simmons’ batting average dropped to .246, 14 points lower than his career average. In the month of April, Andrelton was hitting very well, 284, but his numbers have dropped dramatically in the month of may. In 27 at-bats, the Curaçaoan shortstop collected only three hits (.111).
On the defensive side, Andrelton is also doing worse than usual. So far he has committed three errors in thirty-four games (.979).
Three days ago Jair Jurrjens clinched his third victory of the season with the OKC Dodgers. The 31-year old pitcher from Curaçao pitched six innings vs the Round Rock Express and gave up two runs on nine hits. Jair did not walk a hitter and rung up seven.
Jurickson Profar collected two of the nine hits that Jair gave up.
Except one outing in which he gave up five earned runs, Jair gave up only two runs or less in each of his six outings, resulting in an ERA of 2.60.
Spencer Kieboom is struggling at the plate so far this season. The Harrisburg Senators do not give him much playing time since he is used as backup catcher only. Spencer appeared in ten games so far. In his first game, he went 1 for 3 but ever since his batting average is going South (.111).
In his ten games behind the dish, he did not commit an error yet. He threw out 33% of the potential base stealers so far.
The second baseman from Willemstad, Curaçao is thriving at in the California League. With the Modesto Nuts, Gianfranco is hitting .333 (38 hits in 114 at-bats with seven doubles, one triple and two home runs). Next to his .333 batting average, Gianfranco has a .374 on-base percentage and a .465 slugging percentage. Over his last ten games, Wawoe is hitting even batter than his seasonal average (.359).
When it comes to his defense, Gianfranco has played on various positions. Eight games at second base, one at third, one in right field and eight in left field. Except for right field, Gianfranco has committed an error at each position so far.
Tom de Blok
The 21-year old pitcher from Amstelveen (next to Amsterdam) is having a dream start with the West Michigan WhiteCaps (A Full season farm team of the Detroit Tigers in the Midwest League). In three relief outings, Tom did not allow a run yet. He gave up three hits in total. In his debut with the WhiteCaps, Tom lasted three innings and gave up just one hit. In his last outing, last Monday, Tom pitched one inning in which he retired the side, struck out one, threw eight pitches of which six were called for a strike. Most of all his fastball hits 96 mph, so a promotion to A-Advanced Lakeland seems to be possible this season.
Mike Bolsenbroek isn’t in the shape of the previous years. Last weekend, Mike lost his third game of the season, a 7-2 loss vs the Mainz Athletics. In 6 innings, Mike allowed five runs on eight hits and four walks. Mike needed 108 pitches to complete the six innings.
So far, Mike has earned only one win against three losses and a no-decision. In five starts, he already gave up fourteen earned runs on thirty-three hits.