You may have noticed that the Minor League season started yesterday. I have been roaming the internet to find out where players of the Dutch kingdom would be placed. Here is an overview of those players.
A lot of players from the Dutch Kingdom, are playing in the Minor Leagues. Some did not get playing time yesterday, some did, with mixed results.
Spencer Kieboomis on the roster of the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) as one of two catchers. At bat, Spencer had an average season in 2017, batting .250. Behind the plate, he did not make an error all season. He threw out 31% of the potential base stealers.
Sicnarf Loopstokjust has been promoted to the Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland Indians). Yesterday he played all game and went 1 for 3, scoring twice.
Juremi Profar stays put at AA with the Frisco RoughRiders for now. Yesterday he did not get any playing time. The younger brother of Jurickson, batted .263 last year and committed 13 errors on various infield positions but shortstop.
Ademar Rifaela just got promoted to the Bowie BaySox by the Orioles. In his AA debut, Ademar went 1 for 5.
Even though his .278 batting average wasn’t too shabby last year, Darren Seferina also stays put at AA with the Spring Field Cardinals. Last night he played all game and went 0 for 5 but played a flawless game at third base.
Chadwick Tromp is another player from the Dutch kingdom who starts the season where he ended the previous one. With the Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ opening game vs the Mobile BayBears, who likely are playing their final season in Mobile, he went 0 for 4 with a strikeout and allowed one stolen base.
Also Jiandido Tromp returns at AA. He went 0 for 4 as his Reading Fightin’ Phils fell to the Erie Seawolves 7-1. Jiandido served as a DH last night.
Zander Wiel debuted at AA with the Chattanooga Lookouts after being promoted by the Twins. His debut wasn’t very impressive either as he went 0 for 3 with a strikeout and a walk. Even though Zander is listed as a first baseman, he played in the outfield last night.
You may say, I am missing someone so far. That is right. Calten Daal, who played at AA last season, has been sent to extended Spring Training by the Reds. He is expected to join the Blue Wahoos in two weeks.
Tom de Blok recently earned a promotion to the Lakeland Flying Tigers of the Florida State League. Last night he did not get the honor to be the Opening Day starter for the Flying Tigers. Tom is scheduled to start on Monday, April 9.
Ray-Patrick Didder is another player who starts the season at the same level as the previous year. In the game vs the Daytona Tortugas, he went 0 for 4 but his FireFrogs won 3-2. Ray-Patrick played a flawless game at shortstop and had one assist.
Carter Kieboom left a good impression in his A Advanced debut after he was promoted by the Nationals. Last night, in the game vs the Wilmington BlueRocks, he went 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored. The younger brother of Spencer also played a flawless game at shortstop. The Potomac Nationals lost to the BlueRocks 5-3.
Chris Pieters also debuted at A Advanced last night. He went 0 for 4 for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. But in his first game after his promotion, he recorded two outs in right field.
A Full Season
Hendrik Clementina,who recently got promoted to the Dayton Dragons did not get any playing time in the game vs the Bowling Green HotRods, that was lost by the Dragons 4-5.
After spending just one season at the Arizona League, Franklin van Gurp made quite a jump, skipping two levels, to A Full Season. The reliever did not get any playing time last night as his Augusta GreenJackets lost 2-4 to the Columbia FireFlies.
Also Eugene Helder did not play last night after being promoted to the Dayton Dragons.
Kirvin Moesquit also got off a bad start as he went 0 for 4 last night. In his first game after his promotion, he did not commit an error and had three assists as second baseman.
In the 5-2 win of the Rome Braves over the Hagerstown Suns, Kevin Josephina did not see any playing time either. He is one of those players who started the season at the same level as the previous year.
Isranel Wilson from St. Martin also returns to A Full Season. In yesterday’s game with the Rome Braves, he collected one base hit out of three at-bats. The 20-year old right fielder recorded one out.
Perhaps you are missing John Polonius. He is nowhere to be found on any roster of the San Francisco Giants’ minor league affiliates. It is very likely that he is spending time at extended Spring Training and that he will be added to some roster in a couple of weeks.
The A Short Season Season and the Rookie Season will not start until June 15 and June 19 respectively. There are many players from the Dutch kingdom (Aruba, Curacao, St. Martin and the Netherlands) who are playing at those levels.