Origin of Minor League team names, a reprise: H

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: H The …

Carter Kieboom to debut with Nats

According to multiple sources, the Washington Nationals have called up top farmhand Carter Kieboom for Friday's home game vs the San Diego Padres. So far this season, Carter spent time with the AAA Fresno Grizzlies and put up some nice numbers. Thanks to handling a good bat, Kieboom is slashing .379/.506/.636 with three homers and …

Carter Kieboom selected for the Futures Game

A son of a Dutch father has been selected to play in the 2018 All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 15 which is part of the All-Star Weekend. The 20-year old Carter Kieboom is having a very solid season. Carter started the 2018 season with the A-Advanced Potomac Senators. In the first weeks, he struggled …

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 …

Spencer Kieboom invited to Nationals’ Spring Training camp

Today the Washington Nationals announced their non-roster invitees for this year's Spring Training Camp. Of the seven players who received an invitation, Spencer Kieboom is one of the lucky ones. Once one of the Nationals' top prospects, Dutch offspring Spencer Kieboom split the 2017 season between the AA Harrisburg Senators and the AAA Syracuse Chiefs. …

PDC/affiliation news

Yesterday, two minor league clubs announced the extension of the Player Development Contract (PDC) with their parent club. The El Paso Chihuahuas extended the PDC with the San Diego Padres and the Harrisburg Senators did so with the Washington Nationals. The San Diego Padres extended the contract through the 2020 season. A major reason for …

Dutchies around the world, part 6

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Xander Bogaerts, Shairon Martis, Spencer Kieboom, Danny Arribas, Kevin Josephina and Wladimir Balentien. Xander Bogaerts The Aruban shortstop of the Boston Red Sox is having a good season at bat again. In 34 games and 131 at-bats, Xander collected 44 hits, resulting …

Dutchies around the World, part 5

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the World, we pay attention to Andrelton Simmons, Jair Jurrjens, Spencer Kieboom, Gianfranco Wawoe, Tom de Blok and Mike Bolsenbroek. Andrelton Simmons After a good start, Andrelton Simmons' batting average dropped to .246, 14 points lower than his career average. In the month of April, Andrelton was hitting very …

Spencer Kieboom designated for assignment

The Washington Nationals signed free agent RHP Joe Blanton today. To make room for him on the roster, the team designated catcher Spencer Kieboom for assignment in a surprising move. It remains to be seen if the Dutchie can prepare himself for the upcoming season with the Nats. 2017 would be the sixth season in …

Spencer Kieboom called up to Nats

Through his Facebook page, the dad of Spencer Kieboom announced that his son has been called up to the Bigs. Spencer will wear the Nationals' uniform tonight during an official MLB game for the first time in his career. Last night Wilson Ramos left the game with a knee injury and Spencer is called up …

Dutchies in the minors so far in the 2016 season

There are a lot of players from the Dutch Kingdom active in the Minor Leagues. The biggest chunk of them comes from Curacao and Aruba. Here is an overview of those players playing in AAA, AA, A Advanced and A Full Season.  AAA Roger Bernadina is having a good season so far. At bat he …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Spencer Kieboom

With Spring Training in full swing it is time to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will do in the upcoming season. Of course there is no crystal ball and it is still up in the air, but in general you can make a decent prediction based on the performance of previous …

Yard Goats to start season on the road

The Hartford Yard Goats will start their season on the road. Recently you could read here that the new stadium, Dunkin' Donuts Park, will not be ready in time. It looks like that the delay will be about a month. Sounds familiar doesn't it?  Last season the stadium of the Biloxi Shuckers wasn't ready in …

Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization: Washington Nationals

Today in "Summing up the Dutchies " the organization that used to be known as Montreal Expos. Since 2005 they are know as:       Number of Dutchies:  3 Matt den Dekker: Matt den Dekker was born in the USA, but there are close ties with Dutch ancestors. Matt was drafted by the New York …

Dutchies in the minor leagues: Saturday, May 2

AA At AAA level two of the three Dutchies were on the DL (Roger Bernadina and Jair Jurrjens), but Roger Bernadina played his first game since his stay on the DL yesterday. Roger Bernadina went 3 for 5 with a double, two RBI, a run scored and a strikeout. So he contributed in a big …

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 …

Spencer Kieboom invited to MLB Spring Training camp

Dutch-American (or is it American-Dutch?) prospect Spencer Kieboom received an invitation by the Washington Nationals to attend MLB ST camp, the website of the club says. Spencer Kieboom, who played at A Full Season with the Hagerstown Suns, has been promoted to AA Harrisburg, so he skips one level. This year Kieboom has entered the …

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