Darryl Collins starts MiLB season at Low A.

Today, the Kansas City Royals presented the rosters of its farm teams. Curious where one of the biggest Dutch talents will play, yours truly checked them all. Darryl Collins will start the season at Low A. The player that calls Curaçao Neptunus his home in Dutch baseball, will play for the Columbia FireFlies on opening …

Renderings of downtown Kansas City ballpark presented

Yesterday, Kansas City-based design company Pendulum has presented its vision on a downtown ballpark in Kansas City. In the past months, there have been rumors about several locations in downtown Kansas City. But so far the club hasn't made a decision on leaving Kauffman Stadium. The renderings unveiled by Pendulum showed a 30,000 seater in …

Darryl Collins signs contract with Royals

In a press release by his club Curaçao Neptunus, it was announced today that youngster Darryl Collins has signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals. After the game vs De Glaskoning Twins, Collins signed the contract under the watchful eye of Nick Leto, scout of the Kansas City Royals. The 16-year old …

Royals extend PDC with StormChasers

The longest running AAA affiliation will last a bit longer as the Kansas City Royals have extended the PDC with the Omaha StormChasers. The current contract will expire after this season, the new one will run through the 2020 season. This affiliation is the longest running one in AAA. It began in 1969, the inaugural …

Charm offensive by MLB

Major League Baseball announced that regular season games will precede tournaments like the 2019 NCAA College World Series. This game will be a regular season game. The Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals will face each other in the week the College World Series opens at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. The Tigers-Royals game would …

Hof-er to throw out first pitch in Korea

Hall of famer George Brett, the famed former third baseman of the Kansas City Royals, will throw out the first pitch in Korea this weekend. The NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization have invited the Hall of Famer to thrown out the first pitch on Sunday before their season opener against the Lotte Giants at …

Jurrjens has tryout with Royals

Former MLB pitcher Jair Jurrjens is currently participating in the spring training camp of team Kingdom of the Netherlands in preparation for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Apparently, scouts of the Kansas City Royals liked what they saw and thus, Jurrjens received an invitation for a tryout. The former All-Star pitched in a session in front …

Rangers and Indians extend PDC

The Texas Rangers and the Spokane Indians (A Short Season, Northwest League) have extended their player development contract with two more years through the 2018 season. The cooperation between the two clubs started in 2003. Since the two clubs became partners the Indians have won three Northwest League titles. One in the inaugural year of …

Reds PDC news

In the ever moving world of player development contracts and affiliations there some news to tell. The Cincinnati Reds and their Pioneer League (Advanced Rookie) affiliate, the Billings Mustangs have extended their PDC with two more years through the 2018 season. When the new contract expires the cooperation between the two teams will have lasted …

Royals PDC news

Another day with news about player development contracts. The Kansas City Royals announced that they have extended the PDC with their rookie affiliate Idaho Falls Chukars. The new extension will run through the (you guessed it) 2018. The director of minor league operations of the Kansas City Royals, Ronnie Richardson stated that the Royals are truly excited …

Juan Carlos Sulbaran in Redbirds rotation

Curacao born Juan Carlos Sulbaran comes off his best Spring Training ever. In three game appearances, Sulbaran retired three of the twelve batters he faced during his tenure at the MLB Spring Training Camp. This resulted in a spot in the rotation of the Memphis Redbirds, the Cardinals' AAA farm team. The 26-year old signed …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Juan Carlos Sulbaran

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 …

Sharlon Schoop remains with O’s

Sharlon Schoop, the older brother of Jonathan, signed a one year deal with the Baltimore Orioles. After the 2015 season, the 28-year old opted to become a minor league free agent, but until a few days ago, he wasn't signed by any team. Eventually Sharlon decided to rejoin the O's again so he could prepare …

Baseball scouts a dying species?

It looks like that modern business management has reached MLB. Older people are not important anymore and are laid off for younger employees and computers. Quality isn't important anymore, only money matters. Major League clubs are laying off scout jobs in a rapid fashion. Many of the unemployed scouts are asking the Professional Baseball Scouts …

ABL: Hall of Famer to coach Aces

A great promotion in Melbourne: Hall of Famer George Brett will coach the Melbourne Aces on Thursday, December 31st and Friday, January 1st as a guest coach. Besides being a HOF member, Brett is also Vice President of Baseball Operations for the World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. Together with his brothers he also owns Brett …

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