According to the website of the Pericos (parakeets) de Puebla, the club has acquired Dutch starter Tom de Blok in a surprising move.
Or isn’t the move surprising at all? Since team Kingdom of the Netherlands played the Olympic Qualifier in the ballpark of the Pericos de Puebla, the club could see all the good players.
Since De Blok had a very good outing against the Dominican Republic (five scoreless innings with only three hits allowed before the Dominicans struck in the sixth frame).
De Blok will be the second Dutchie from European origin to play in the Mexican League after Kalian Sams, who had a cup of coffee with the Delfines de Ciudad del Carmen. The Pericos acquire De Blok to fill the roster spot that is left open by Gabriel Arias, who is bothered by a shoulder injury.
According to the website of the Pericos, De Blok will start his first game for the club, coming Friday.
The Pericos are in the midst of a pennant race, trailing first place Diablos Rojos de Mexico by one game.
The signing of De Blok by the Pericos de Puebla is a huge blow for L&D Amsterdam Pirates, that is having a thin rotation already. Earlier this season, newly acquired Luuk ter Beek made clear that he had received an offer to play collegiate ball in the USA.
A big thank you goes out to Milan van der Breggen for informing me about this big news.