L&D Amsterdam Pirates Shops Around in Dutch Hoofdklasse

With the transition period at its end, the new roster of the flagship team of L&D Amsterdam Pirates was announced by the club. Not many left the club but the club acquired five new players of which one comes from the farm team of Pirates.

Nelmerson Angela is a new face in the Pirates’ pitching staff. With Silicon Storks, he posted a 3-6 record with a 4.75 ERA and 58 Ks in 77.2 innings pitched. Another new pitcher is Scott Prins, who pitched with Hoofddorp Pioniers last season. He posted a 4-1 record with a splendid ERA of 2.06 and forty-four strikeouts in nine relief outings.

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A new face behind home plate with the flagship team, is catcher Luca Pastor, who played for the farm team of Pirates in the past two seasons.

Also new is Tommy van de Sanden, who played with DSS/Kinheim last year. Tommy batted a very respectable .369 with an OBP of .451. At shortstop, he posted a .964 fielding percentage. One can only wonder why he opts for Pirates as he likely will serve as the backup for Sharlon Schoop.

Another new face in Amsterdam is Rachid Engelhardt, who leaves Quick Amersfoort. The outfielder batted a modest .211 with an OBP of .299. Defensive-wise, Engelhardt posted a .960 fielding percentage.

Mick Vos has left the team from the Dutch capital after one season. He returns to Oosterhout Twins, where he played in 2020, and Max Clarijs called it a career. Also, Gilmer Lampe has left the team, as he joined HCAW, just like Gio de Graauw and Jair van Borkulo. Juan-Carlos Sulbaran joins the archrival Curaçao Neptunus.

The 2022 roster looks as follows:

Nelmerson Angela
Luuk ter Beek*
Tom de Blok
Donny Breek
Mike Groen
Naut Kragt
Jelle van der Lelie
Shairon Martis
Conner Prins
Scott Prins
Nick Veltkamp

*Luuk ter Beek will be a question mark as he may play collegiate ball again, like he did last season.

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Luca Pastor

Kenny Berkenbosch
Rachid Gerard
Emilson Haswell
Tommy van de Sanden
Sharlon Schoop
Delano Selassa

Rachid Engelhardt
Kit Gijsbers *
Roelie Henrique
Denzel Richardson
Kalian Sams

*Kit Gijsbers will start the season with the farm team of L&D Amsterdam Pirates as he is currently injured.

The following players will start the season in the USA where they are playing (junior) college: Naut Kragt, Jelle van der Lelie, Luuk ter Beek, and Scott Prins.

Coaching Staff:
Ronald Jaarsma (manager)
Rob Cordemans (pitching coach)
Allan Hazel (assistant coach)
Nick Veltkamp (assistant coach)
Matthijs Bakker (team manager)
Hans Vader (team coordinator)

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