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 …

MLB announces Draft League

Major League Baseball came out with a press release, presenting a new league, the so called Draft League. In this league, the former AA Trenton Thunder and three New York-Penn League members (West Virginia Black Bears, State College Spikes, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, and the Williamsport CrossCutters) will participate. Talks about a sixth team are …

Origin of Minor League Team Names, a Reprise: S

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: S Sacramento …

Darren Seferina released but picked up by Brewers

Curaçao native Darren Seferina was released by the St. Louis Cardinals last Saturday. But the infielder found a new club in no time. Yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers picked him up and sent him to AA Biloxi Shuckers of the Southern League.  After a successful season with the Springfield Cardinals, in which he hit .277, the …

Pittsburgh adds Lithuanian pitcher to 40-man roster

For the first time in MLB history, a player from Lithuania has been placed on a team's 40-man roster. The Pittsburgh Pirates placed Dovydas Neverauskas on their 40-man roster to keep him safe from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. Apparently the Pirates are very high on him. Neverauskas was signed by the Pirates, directly from Vilnius, …

AAA and A Short Season PDC news

There is still news to tell about the extension of player development contracts. This time from Las Vegas and State College. The Las Vegas 51s (AAA, Pacific Coast League) and the New York Mets announced the extension of their PDC with two more years through the 2018 season. 51s President / COO Don Logan started …

Biscuits owner signs deal with SL rival

No, no, it is not as shocking as the head tells you. But the head of this blog post is true nevertheless. Tom Dickson, owner of the Montgomery Biscuits is also owner of PCL, a professional catering company specialized in catering and concessions at minor league ballparks. In this case PCL has struck a deal …

Pitcher from Lithuania gets ST invite

This is far from Dutch baseball news, but it sure is worth mentioning because you hardly hear anything about Lithuanian baseball. Lithuanian right handed pitcher, Dovydas Neverauskas has received an invitation for the MLB Spring Training camp of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 23-year old will report at Bradenton, the Pirates ST facility and also home 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: St. Louis Cardinals

In today's edition of "Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization" I will turn to: Number of Dutchies: 1 Darren Seferina: Darren Seferina is the sole Dutchie in the organization of the Cardinals. The 21-year old shortstop from Curacao signed a deal with the Cards in 2014 after he was drafted as 165th player. Apparently …

Son of former Yankee legend dominates in debut

After being drafted by the Yankees in the 29th round of the 2014 draft, Mariano Rivera III didn't sign with the Yankees. This year he was drafted by the Nationals in the fourth round. Tuesday he debuted with the Auburn DoubleDays, A short season farm team of the Nats in the New York-Penn League. When Rivera …

Origin of Minor League team names: S

S Sacramento RiverCats: The word River refers to the Sacramento river. It isn’t the first ball club where a characteristic of the area and the word “cat” are put together to create a name for the club. Salem Red Sox: Another fine example of a club run and owned by the parent club with the …

Dutchies in the Minor League playoffs

AAThe Huntsville Stars got their revenge for the loss of the previous day. Yesterday they beat the Chattanooga Lookouts 9-0. Both Shawn Zarraga and Hainley Statia didn't play.A Full SeasonThe Hagerstown Suns beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 6-2 and advanced to the South Atlantic League championship series. Spencer Kieboom drove in two runs for Hagerstown, one …

Dutchies in the Minor League playoffs

AABoth Shawn Zarraga and Hainley Statia got a call up for the Dutch national team, but now they are still playing for the Huntsville Stars (Brewers' organization) in the Southern League playoffs. Last night they took on the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers affiliate). Both Shawn and Hainley went 0 for 4. Shawn let a ball pass …

Dutchies in the Minor League playoffs

Most Minor Leagues have started their playoffs. Here is an overview of the Dutch and Netherlands Antillian players that are participating in the several playoffs.A AdvancedIn game one of the Carolina League's playoffs, the Potomac Nationals (Nationals organization) took on the Lynchburg HillCats (Braves). Potomac's Randolph Oduber hit a solo shot in the sixth inning …