LumberKings go collegiate too

Two days ago, one could read about the Batavia MuckDogs joining the Perfect Game Collegiate League. Today, it was announced that another former minor league club has found a new home after the money grab move by MLB. The Clinton LumberKings announced that it will join the Prospect League, a wood bat collegiate league, for …

Overview of teams cut from Affiliated Ball

Recently, you could read here about the teams that were kicked out of affiliated Minor League Basebal alreadyl. After roaming the internet in the past week, checking out several major baseball websites, the Dutch Baseball Hangout came to the conclusion which other teams will not be in affiliated ball anymore. Here is a quick overview …

Overview of Teams That Have Been Kicked out of MiLB So Far

It all started with a list of 42 teams that should be kicked out of affiliated ball. Now a year later, what is the status? How many of these 42 teams have really been kicked out of Minor League Baseball? The following leagues and their teams are not affiliated anymore. They have been demoted to …

Origins of Minor League team names, a reprise: C

Back in 2014, I wrote a series of blog posts about the origin of minor league team names. Since then, the minor league landscape has changed a lot. Clubs moved, adopted new names. All reasons to have a new series in which the new names are added and explained. This time the letter: C Carolina Mudcats: …

And the PDC news keeps coming

A couple of surprising moves at A ball level as the Greensboro Grasshoppers shifted to the Pittsburgh Pirates after being affiliated to the Miami Marlins since 2003. Another surprising move is the shifting of the Clinton LumberKings from the Seattle Mariners to the Miami Marlins. After spending sixteen years in the South Atlantic League, the …

Dutchies around the World 2018, part 2

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the World 2018, we pay attention to Xander Bogaerts, Chadwick Tromp, Tom de Blok, Eugene Helder and Rick van den Hurk.  MLB Before getting on the 10-day DL, Xander Bogaerts was red hot. In nine games he hit a whopping .368 with seven doubles and two home runs. …

Danny Rombley calls it a career

L&D Amsterdam Pirates announced today that Dutch hoofdklasse player, former minor leaguer and former Dutch national team player Danny Rombley has decided to call it a career. The 38-year old outfielder has decided to focus on his professional career. Rombley debuted in 1997 in the Dutch hoofdklasse with HCAW from Bussum. In 1998, Danny played for …

Gianfranco Wawoe added to Mariners roster

Curacao infielder Gianfranco Wawoe has been added to the spring training roster of the Seattle Mariners. But even though the M's fielded split squad teams, Gianfranco did not make his seasonal debut. Yesterday, the Seattle Mariners announced on their transaction page that Gianfranco was assigned to the team. It isn't the first time that Gianfranco …

PDC news from Cleveland and Seattle

You may start to think that this PDC news is never coming to an end but probably we’re nearing the end since during the last two seasons several player development contracts have been extended meanwhile. Anyhow, there is news regarding extensions of player development contracts from Cleveland and Seattle. The Cleveland Indians have extended their …

Kalian Sams named MVP of the Quebec Capitales

Dutch national team player Kalian Sams has been named the MVP of the Quebec Capitales of the independent CanAm League. After a slow start with the team, Kalian's batting average rose to a respectable .282. By far Kalian was the best slugger of his team with 16 homeruns. Kalian was also the swiftest player with …

Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization: Seattle Mariners

Today in "Summing up the Dutchies" an organization that has had many Dutchies through the years; players like Kalian Sams, Greg Halman, Wladimir Balentien and Lars Huijer to name a few.  It is time to shed some light on:         Number of Dutchies: 2 Gianfranco Wawoe: Gianfranco Wawoe is a 21-year old shortstop …

Gianfranco Wawoe promoted to AA

Curacaoan infielder Gianfranco Wawoe has been promoted by the Seattle Mariners. I realize that this is a bit old news, but since I focused on the European Cup, I have totally missed this news. Wawoe, who played a variable season at A Full Season level with the Clinton LumberKings of the Midwest League, has been promoted …

Dutchies in the Minor Leagues, Thursday April 16

For most of the Dutchies in the minors it was a bad day. Many of them didn't see the ball well. AAA The Tacoma Rainiers needed eleven innings to beat the Albuquerque Isotopes 3-1. Roger Bernadina went 0 for 2 but did draw two walks. AA Randolph Oduber got a pinch hit appearance for the …

Dutchies in the Minor Leagues, Wednesday April 15

AAA Roger Bernadina played his sixth game of the season and collected 2 basehits out of four at bats. In his first at bat of the game he hit an RBI line drive. He drove in one of the five runs that the Isotopes scored in the first inning. Eventually they beat the Tacoma Rainiers …

Lars Huijer calls it a (professional) career….

This just came in through Facebook. Lars Huijer has decided to turn his back from professional baseball. He says that he has decided to go back to school and to focus on a different career. Lars was signed by the Mariners in 2011. He debuted in the same year for the Arizona League Mariners for …

Lars Huijer mentioned in article about Cubs’ farm system

Dutch RHP Lars Huijer was mentioned in an artcle about the Cubs farm system for 2015. The 21- year old pitcher from Hoofddorp in the Netherlands is mentioned to have the best sinker in the Cubs' farm system. Huijer was acquired in the off season by the Cubs in a trade with the Seattle Mariners. …