According to 297 Sports, Braves farmhand, Ray-Patrick Didder and Cincinnati Reds farmhand Chadwick Tromp have been added to the Premier12 roster of the Kingdom of the Netherlands by manager Hensley Meulens.
Ray-Patrick Didder is coming off a sub-par season with the Mississippi Braves. In his second season with the M-Braves, he batted .203 and committed fourteen errors at shortstop. Ray-Patrick played two other positions in the past season: center field and third base. In center field, Ray-Patrick played twenty games in which he committed just one error. At third base, he played three games in which he remained perfect. Didder is in his seventh season since breaking into professional baseball.
Catcher Chadwick Tromp spent a big chunk of the season on the DL. In August last year, he suffered from a rotator cuff strain from which he slowly recovered. Only in June he went on a rehab assignment with the AZL Reds. On July 17, he was activated from the DL and assigned to the roster of the Louisville Bats (AAA). For the remainder of the minor league season, he batted .286, which is pretty good as most catchers aren’t the best hitters. He also proved to have some pop in his bat as he belted seven home runs.
On the defensive side, he caught twenty-two games in which he committed no errors.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands will open the Premier12 tournament on November 2nd in Guadalajara, Mexico vs team USA. Other opponents in this group are the Dominican Republic and Mexico. A tough group in which the Dutch chances to advance to the Super Round may be slim as the USA will send a team with mostly AAA players for sure. Mexico has a roster with twenty players from the Mexican League (AAA level) but next to these players there is a mix of players from several minor league levels and one player from the Yomiuri Giants. An odd name on the Mexican roster may be Philip Evans, who was born in California and played at MLB level. The roster of the Dominican Republic is a mix of (former) MLB players and players from all levels of the minor leagues.