2019 Minor League Champions

With the Minor League season over more a bit more than a month, it is time for an overview of the champions of each league, varying from AAA to Advanced Rookie. International League (AAA) With a three-run home run by Brady Zimmer, the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians affiliate) took the lead in the championship clincher …

Ballparks around the world: Doubleday Field, Cooperstown

In this episode of Ballparks around the world, we pay attention to one of those little gems that you will only find in the USA: Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. According to the legend, Abner Doubleday invented the game of baseball and played the first game at the …

2018 Minor League Champions overview

The minor league season came to an end yesterday as the Bowling Green HotRods beat the Peoria Chiefs in the fourth game of the Midwest League championship series. Here is an overview of the winners of each affiliated minor league. AAA Both in the International League and the Pacific Coast League last year's champions repeated. …

Minor League Affiliation News

In the last few days, there has been a lot of PDC extensions. The Baltimore Orioles extended the player development contracts with five of their affiliations and the Cincinnati Reds did the same with their Advanced Rookie team of the Pioneer League, the Billings Mustangs. The Baltimore Orioles extended the PDCs with the Norfolk Tides …

Orioles promote Kirvin Moesquit to A Full Season

The Delmarva Shorebirds announced their 2018 Break Camp roster, which is actually the opening day roster for the upcoming minor league season. New on this roster is 23-year old Curaçao native Kirvin Moesquit. Kirvin spent the previous two seasons with the A Short Season Aberdeen Ironbirds in the New York-Penn League. He hit .276 for the …

Two A short season teams extend PDC

It is that time of the year again. The time in which MLB clubs start looking for a PDC extension with their farm teams or even jump ships to another MiLB team. Yesterday, two MLB clubs extended the PDC with their A short season farm clubs. The Colorado Rockies extended the existing PDC with the …

De Blok returns to WhiteCaps in pitching duel

The Detroit Tigers have been moving around Dutch pitcher Tom de Blok lately. The Tigers want to convert the closer/ reliever into a starter and that's why the 21-year old was sent down to A Short Season recently. But last night, after a solid outing of three innings with the Connecticut Tigers of the New …

Tom de Blok debuts as starting pitcher

Last night, Dutch pitcher Tom de Blok debuted as a starting pitcher with the Connecticut Tigers. The parent club from Detroit think Tom, who used to be a reliever/closer in the Dutch leagues, can be converted into a starter.  The 21-year old pitcher from Amstelveen in the Netherlands started in the second game of the …

Tigers want to convert Tom de Blok into starting pitcher

Recently, the Detroit Tigers announced Tom de Blok was sent down to extended spring training. The other day, it became clear why Tom was sent down.  In a Facebook post, a proud mother announced Tom was sent down to extended spring training because the Tigers think Tom works his way through innings easily, so they …

Lowell Spinners change logos

Today the Lowell Spinners (Short-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox in the New York-Penn League) unveiled their new logos.  The club from the former textile industry town also presented new uniforms. The event was held Lowell General Hospital’s Clark Auditorium. The new logos contains the club's mascot Canaligator. In the main logo Canaligator can …

Alphabetical affiliation news

The O's have extended their player development contract with their A Short Season affiliate, while the M's have embraced a new AA club in the Arkansas Travelers. The Baltimore Orioles and the Aberdeen IronBirds (A Short Season, New York-Penn League) have extended their player development contract with two more years through the 2018 season. The …

Stijn van der Meer signs with Astros

In the meantime this is kinda old news as it was published on the Facebook page of Curacao Neptunus, but I totally missed it. The Dutch shortstop Stijn van der Meer, who was drafted in the 34h round of this year's amateur draft, has signed a deal with the Houston Astros. According to the article …

Move of MuckDogs to Waldorf falls through

Recently you could read here about a possible move of the Batavia Muckdogs (A Short Season, New York-Penn League) to Waldorf in Maryland, where the team would play in the stadium of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The team would be the first one owned by an Afro-American since the Savannah Cardinals. The owner group …

New Minor League move in the making

In the ever changing landscape of Minor League Baseball, a new move is about to come. The Batavia MuckDogs are about to move to Waldorf MD for the 2017 season. The MuckDogs are operated by the Rochester Redwings but without much of a profit. So the team has been for sale for a couple of …

Dutchie baseball news: Bogaerts, Smith, Sulbaran and Seferina

A lot of news about players from Curacao and Aruba came out today. First of all Xander Bogaerts received the MVP trophy of the Boston Red Sox. To me it doesn't come as a surprise after I wrote about the possibility of Bogaerts being the AL MVP. The BWAA writers of the Boston region voted for …

Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization: Oakland Athletics

Another short edition of "Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization". This time: Number of Dutchies: 1 Shawn Duinkerk: The 21-year old Aruban native, Shawn Duinkerk, played his first professional game in 2011 with the DSL Athletics. In that year he only played nine games in which he batted a modest .129. The A's signed Shawn …

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