Hoofdklasse transition period a traditional mad race

After separate blog posts about the acquisitions and players that left L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Curaçao Neptunus, Oosterhout Twins, and HCAW, here is an overview of the other four clubs in the hoofdklasse.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Storks honkbalPerhaps the team that had to deal with some huge blows is Silicon Storks. The club lost seven players but got only two new players in return. For sure the club will start to look abroad to see if they can get some additions.

Likely the biggest blow the club has to deal with is the loss of right-handed pitcher Jurrian Koks. Koks, pretty much served as the ace of the club last season. Koks was the only starter with an ERA below 4.00 (3.16 to be exact). Koks will join L&D Amsterdam Pirates for the 2020 season. All the other starters had ERAs of well above 6.00. Another blow is the departure of IF Kevin Nieveld, who did a nice job as a reliever as his 2.86 ERA shows.
Other players that left are pitcher Sem Lauf (to Meerlease Pioniers), infielder Giovanny Perez (L&D Amsterdam Pirates), 3B Krisztian Toth, who returned to Hungary during the 2019 season, and the Schmook brothers (Joey and Johnny). Both returned to the USA.

All Storks got in return were middle infielder Kelvin Knape (from Orioles Bergschenhoek) and OF/RHP Ibrahin Redan (DSS).

 Another team that may have suffered from an exodus is DSS/Kinheim. DSS and Kinheim both from Haarlem will cooperate next season as the best players from each club will play in a combined team in the Dutch hoofdklasse. DSS saw the following players leave:
RHP Donny Breek (L&D Amsterdam Pirates), RHP Tim Halderman (hung up his spikes), RHP Sander Helmendach (to Meerlease Pioniers), LHP Nick Keur (HCAW), RHP Scott Prins (Meerlease Pioniers), RHP Juan Carlos Sulbaran (L&D Amsterdam Pirates), RHP Alexander Valdez (HCAW), LHP Lars Werkman (RCH-Pinguïns, overgangsklasse)), C/3B Leandro Anasagsti (HCAW), 1B/OF Aldi Guzman (Euro Stars (overgansklasse)), Diamond Silberie (Oosterhout Twins), OF Runai Coran (Quick Amersfoort), OF Odion Gouverneur (joined Quick Amersfoort during the 2019 season), OF Devano Pieter (RCH-Pinguïns) and OF/RHP Ibrahin Redan (Silicon Storks).

The combination team DSS/Kinheim will get a lot of players from both clubs:
RHP Robyn Clara (DSS), RHP Joeri Kesseler (Kinheim’s farm team), RHP Rick Timmermans (Kinheim’s farm team), RHP Moreno Vork (DSS), RHP Glenn Wassink (DSS), C Koen Halderman (DSS), C/OF Wesley van Hemert (Kinheim), 3B Bram Blokker (Kinheim), IF Finn Blokker (DSS’ farm team), 2B Thomas Bos (Kinheim), SS Mitchel Dautzenberg (DSS), 1B Tino van Erk (DSS), SS Jeldwin Orman (Kinheim), 1B Marcel Tollenaars (Kinheim), and OF Nick Hofer (Kinheim).

Next to these players, the team added several players from outside: RHP Jelle Bing (Onze Gezellen), RHP Steven van Groningen (L&D Amsterdam Pirates’ farm team), LHP Bas Timmer (RCH-Pinguïns), IF Kevin Nieveld (Silicon Storks), OF/C Aidan Finnegan (L&D Amsterdam Pirates’ farm team) and OF Jochem Koedijk (Curaçao Neptunus).

Michael Crouwel, who was the manager of Kinheim in the past season, will be at the helm of the combination team.

There were more players that joined Meerlease Pioniers than players that left the club.
Afbeeldingsresultaat voor hoofddorp pioniersPlayers that left the club are pitcher Luuk ter Beek (to HCAW), catcher Paul Brands and first baseman Jelle Kroft (both hung up their spikes during the 2019 season).

The flagship team of Meerlease Pioniers added nine players to its 2020 roster. Four of them come from their farm team Omron Pioniers: RHP/OF Dylan Farley, RHP Sebastian Kok, RHP Yassir Lachkar and OF Reangelo Willems.

Pioniers also added some players from outside: RHP Sander Helmendach (DSS), LHP Chris Pfau, RHP Sem Lauf (Silicon Storks), RHP Scott Prins (DSS) and OF Victor Draijer (L&D Amsterdam Pirates).

So after all, it was a rather quiet transition period for Meerlease Pioniers.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Quick AmersfoortThe final club to mention is Quick Amersfoort. The number of transactions for that club also stayed within bounds. A total of six players left the club and a total of seven joined the club.

Those who left were RHP Mitchell Berghmans (left during the 2019 season), RHP Pastor Chavez Martinez (returned to Oosterhout Twins), RHP Sem Robberse (signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays), 3B/C Remian Denis (Tridents (farm team of Neptunus)), SS Sam van der Ploeg (hung up his spikes during the 2019 season) and OF Joran Berkhout (Curaçao Neptunus).

The players that were added to their roster are: LHP Jhan Rifaela (L&D Amsterdam Pirates), RHP Gillian Wernet (HCAW), C/3B Bob Beaumont (Parmaclima Parma), 3B/C Alberto Enrique Ostos (the Red Caps (a club from Leusden that plays in a fifth tier league), OF Runai Coran (DSS), OF Odion Gouverneur (joined the club during the 2019 season) and Danny Rombley (was already with the club’s gentlemen’s softball team).

It is hard to say which team has come out the best. Likely Curaçao Neptunus as the core of that team stayed together and several key additions were added.
The team that may have suffered the biggest blow is DSS/Kinheim that lost fifteen players and did not get many hoofdklasse players in return.

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