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Apr '16 28

Europeans in the Majors & Minors through April 27, 2016

by DZ

Welcome to the second 2016 edition tracking European minor leaguers. All current major or minor league players developed in European baseball are listed here.

It was a tough week for Europeans at the higher levels of the Twins organization, as Max Kepler was returned to Triple-A by the Minnesota Twins on Monday, and Loek van Mil was released the same day.

France’s lone pro representative – Andy Paz – was promoted to Double-A Thursday by the Oakland Athletics.

MLB –

Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees. Netherlands.
Current team: New York Yankees (MLB)
The Amsterdam native is hitting .238 with 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, 4 RBIs, and a stolen base. He has 8 hits in the last two weeks.

Triple A –

Roger Bernadina, New York Mets. Netherlands.
Current team: Las Vegas 51s (AAA)
Bernadina is hitting .277 with an on-base average of .407 through 16 games. The outfielder has seven stolen bases against only one caught stealing, and he’s scored 8 runs while knocking in 6.

Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins. Germany.
Current team: Rochester Red Wins (AAA)
Kepler had 12 big league at bats in his nearly two week stay with the MLB club, hitting a pair of doubles and appearing in 9 games. He’s had two games back in Triple-A this week, tallying a single and 3 walks while working towards his next chance in Minneapolis.

Double A –

Donald Lutz, Cincinnati Reds. Germany.
Current team: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
The German outfielder is off to a slow start, after missing most of last season with an elbow injury before re-signing with Cincinnati this winter. He did get a number of at bats while winning a championship in the Australian Baseball League with Brisbane. He’s hitting .143 in his first 49 AB/16 games, striking out 20 times.

Dovydas Neverauskas, Pittsburgh Pirates.  Lithuania.
Current team: Altoona Curve (AA)
Neverauskas has pitched 8 innings in relief across seven games. He’s given up 9 hits and walked 6 while striking out 10.

Andy Paz, Oakland Athletics. France.
Current team: Midland Rockhounds (AA)
Paz received a promotion to Double-A. He’s hitting .421 on the season, albeit only in 19 at bats. He had a pair of extra base hits, four walks, and a stolen base for Stockton. He has yet to appear for Midland.

Single-A –

Daniel Arribas, Pittsburgh Pirates. Netherlands.
Current team: West Virginia Power (Low-A)
Arribas has hit two home runs amongst his 8 hits the last 10 games. He’s hitting .220 overall in 19 games, with an OBP of .347 due to his 11 walks.

Federico Celli, Los Angeles Dodgers. Italy.
Current team: Great Lakes Loons (Low-A)
Celli played 6 games for Great Lakes, getting two hits and striking out 13 times, before being re-assigned to Dodgers Extended Spring Training.

Martin Cervenka, Cleveland Indians. Czech Republic.
Current team: Lake County Captains (Low-A)
The Czech backstop is hitting .286  with 4 walks in 10 games. He’s added three extra base hits while being caught stealing in his only attempt.

Marten Gasparini, Kansas City Royals. Italy.
Current team: Lexington Legends (Low-A)
Gasparini has eight hits, two home runs, and three stolen bases in his last 10 games while striking out 17 times. He’s hitting .175 through 17 games, with 5 walks and 5 stolen bases.

Players who haven’t yet appeared in 2016 are listed below. They are likely in extended spring training playing unofficial games until short-season leagues start in June.

Pascal Amon, Los Angeles Dodgers. Germany.

Vadim Balan, Minnesota Twins. Moldova.

Paul Brands, Pittsburgh Pirates. Netherlands.

Sam Buelens, Toronto Blue Jays. Belgium.

Taylor Clemensia, Minnesota Twins. Netherlands.

Nicolo Clemente, Boston Red Sox. Italy.

Leonardo Colagrossi, Philadelphia Phillies. Italy

Rachid Engelhardt, Baltimore Orioles. Netherlands.

Federico Giordani, Los Angeles Dodgers. Italy.

Misja Harcksen, Los Angeles Dodgers. Netherlands.

Nadir Ljatifi, Cincinnati Reds. Germany.

Alberto Mineo, Chicago Cubs. Italy.

Ramon Rosso, Los Angeles Dodgers. Spain.

Sven Schuller, Los Angeles Dodgers. Germany.

Matz Schutte, Minnesota Twins. Netherlands.

Claudio Scotti, Pittsburgh Pirates. Italy.

Artur Strzalka, New York Yankees. Poland.

Ruar Verkerk, Minnesota Twins. Netherlands.


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