Dutch Fall to Dominicans in Close Affair, Show Improvement

Another day, another loss. But the Dutch team clearly showed improvement compared to the game vs Venezuela. Eventually the Dutch lost 4-3 against a heavy favored Dominican team. For five innings, Dutch starter, Tom de Blok pitched a gem, shutting out the Dominicans and allowing only three hits. But in the sixth inning, De Blok …

Dutchies in the minors

Yesterday the Minor League season has started. This is an overview of players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands at the various Minor League levels from AAA to A Full Season. AAA Zander Wiel The son of a Curaçao born basketball coach who was assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, will start the season …

Detroit Tigers and West Michigan WhiteCaps extend PDC

The affiliation news keeps coming. This time the Detroit Tigers extended their Player Development Contract with their A Full Season farm team West Michigan WhiteCaps. Even though the current contract will only expire in 2020, the Tigers were eager to extend their partnership with their A Full Season farm team. Since the WhiteCaps became a …

Tom de Blok earns first Midwest League win

Tonight in the matchup between the South Bend Cubs vs the West Michigan WhiteCaps, Tom de Blok earned his first win in the Midwest League. De Blok pitched six shutout innings. In the six shutout innings, Tom limited his opponent to three hits and gave up three walks. The first hit was given up in …

Solid outing Tom de Blok vs Yu Darvish

Last night Tom de Blok pitched for the West Michigan WhiteCaps in a game vs the South Bend Cubs who had Yu Darvish, who is on a rehab assignment, on the mound. Tom didn't get the win but had a good outing nevertheless. In this pitching matchup against Yu Darvish, De Blok lasted one inning …

Another good outing for Tom de Blok

Tom de Blok seems to have found his groove again. In Wednesday game vs the Clearwater Threshers (Miami Marlins), Tom clinched his second win of the season. The right-handed Dutchman started the game in an impressive way as he retired the side in the first three innings. In the fourth though, he got into trouble …

Tom de Blok bounces back with great outing

After struggling in his first three starts, Tom de Blok came back with a blast yesterday. In the game of his Lakeland Tigers vs the Florida FireFrogs, Tom pitched a gem for the win. Compared to his previous short outings (3 innings, and 4.1 twice), Tom lasted 6 innings last night. He could not complain …

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. …

Tom De Blok tabbed with loss in A-Advanced debut

Last night, Dutch RHP Tom de Blok made his A-Advanced debut in the Florida State League. It was one he won't fondly remember. Tom lasted only three innings in which he gave up four runs, of which three were earned, as the Lakeland Flying Tigers lost to the Bradenton Marauders 7-3. Tom started the game …

Dutchies on Minor League Opening Day rosters

You may have noticed that the Minor League season started yesterday. I have been roaming the internet to find out where players of the Dutch kingdom would be placed. Here is an overview of those players. A lot of players from the Dutch Kingdom, are playing in the Minor Leagues. Some did not get playing time …

Tom de Blok promoted to A-Advanced

After a fruitful year with the West Michigan Whitecaps, Tom de Blok has been promoted to the Lakeland Flying Tigers (A-Advanced affiliate of the Detroit Tigers in the Florida State League). The 21-year old righthanded pitcher from Amstelveen in the Netherlands earned this promotion by having a great season in 2017. After a stellar performance …

Tom de Blok practices at A Full Season level

In a Tweet, Detroit Tigers minor league writer Emily Waldon, showed a clip with Tom de Blok throwing pitches in a bullpen next to Jordan Zimmerman. I hear you think "Wow". But Zimmerman was scheduled to pitch an exhibition game with the A-Advanced team of the Tigers. https://twitter.com/EmilyCWaldon/status/975415394923053057 After a stellar performance with team Kingdom of …

Tom de Blok enters Tigers’ prospect top 50

According to the website prospects1500.com, Dutch pitcher Tom de Blok has entered the top 50 of Detroit Tigers prospects. Rather quick after his debut with the Tigers' A Full Season team, the West Michigan WhiteCaps, Tom has made his presence felt. Just before the 2017 season, Tom was signed by the Detroit Tigers after a …

Scout who discovered several Dutchies passes away

    Most European baseball fans may not know him, but the person who scouted several European players for the Mariners has passed away. Wayne Norton scouted Italy's own Alex Liddi and Dutchies like Greg Halman, Kalian Sams and Tom de Blok. Norton died as the result of ALS. Wayne Norton was a career minor …

Season over for Tom de Blok

Don't worry, this isn't about a season ending injury. But the season for Tom de Blok is simply over because his team, the West Michigan WhiteCaps was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. In the first round of the Midwest League play offs, the West Michigan WhiteCaps faced the Dayton Dragons. The best …

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