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Aug '14 07

Europeans in the Majors & Minors through August 5, 2014

By DZ

All current major or minor league players developed in European baseball are listed here.

MLB-

Didi Gregorius, Arizona Diamondbacks. Netherlands.
Current team: Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
Eleven for his last 34, including two homers and two stolen bases. Hitting .254 in 126 big league at bats for the season – 11 extra base hits, 13 walks, 23 strikeouts, and 3/3 in stolen bases while playing what is generally regarded as very good defense at shortstop.

Donald Lutz, Cincinnati Reds. Germany.
Current team: Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
Serving mostly as a pinch hitter in the majors due to a number of injuries, rather than playing every day in the minor leagues as the organization has stated it wishes it could do, Lutz is contributing to the Reds playoff push. He’s hitting .250 over the last month, and .212/.278/.333 in 18 games and just 33 at bats overall at the top level. Four of his seven major league hits are doubles.

Triple A-

Roger Bernadina, Los Angeles Dodgers. Netherlands.
Current team: Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA)
Bernadina played only a couple more games since the last update before going on the minor league disabled list. In his 10 games in the Dodgers organization, he’s got a .400 on base percentage and two stolen bases.

Double A -

Kai Gronauer, New York Mets. Germany.
Current Team: Binghamton Mets (AA)
Gronauer last played in late July, and is on the disabled list again. Recurring phantom injuries… He has played 11 Double-A games, and has a home run amongst his six hits.

Alex Liddi, Los Angeles Dodgers. Italy.
Current team: Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
After hitting .219 in 44 games with the Dodgers AAA team, Liddi was demoted to Double-A, where he’s hitting .271 in 18 games and is again listed as a third baseman.

Single A-

Lars Huijer, Seattle Mariners. Netherlands.
Current team: High Desert Mavericks (High-A)
Huijer’s last start on Monday was his best in a month – he went 5 innings, allowing only one hit and one run while recording the win. The higher elevation and higher level of competition are showing in his numbers – his ERA stands at 6.10 in 7 starts since his promotion. For the year Huijer has now thrown over 100 innings, winning 5, losing 7, walking 49, striking out 61, with an ERA of 4.65.

Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins. Germany.
Current team: Fort Myers Miracle (High-A)
Kepler is hitting .333 over his last 10 games, with only 3 strikeouts and 5 walks. He’s at .243/.322/.352 for the year, with 12 doubles, 4 triples, 3 home runs, 28 walks, 49 strikeouts, and is 4/5 stealing in 267 at bats.

Dovydas Neverauskas, Pittsburgh Pirates.  Lithuania.
Current team: West Virginia Power (A)
Neverauskas has had two strong outings his last three starts, ending July with a 7 inning, 4 hit game and a 6 inning, 2 run, no walk, 4 strikeout game. Yesterday he gave up 7 runs in 2.1 innings. In his 101.2 innings across 22 starts this season, he’s 5-10 with a 5.84 ERA, with 45 walks and 65 strikeouts.

Markus Solbach, Arizona Diamondbacks. Germany.
Current Team: South Bend Silver Hawks (A).
Solbach has made 9 starts in 11 total appearances, first in the Pioneer League and now in single-A Midwest League. He has 4 wins, 4 losses, and a 4.45 ERA. In 56.2 innings he’s struck out 39 while walking only 7.

Nick Urbanus, Texas Rangers. Netherlands.
Current team: Hickory Crawdads (A)
Urbanus has played 2 hitless games in the last two weeks. He’s hitting .200 in 120 at bats, and is 2 for 3 stealing. He is now listed as a shortstop for Hickory, rather than a second baseman.

Short season A -

Federico Castagnini, Baltimore Orioles. Italy.
Current team: Aberdeen Ironbirds (Short-A)
The Verona native has 3 doubles in his last 10 games. Between two levels this year he’s hitting .223/.298/.252 in 202 at bats.

Martin Cervenka, Cleveland Indians. Czech Republic.
Current team: Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Short-A)
Cervenka is hitting .125 in 16 games since his time in extended spring training, accumulating 56 at bats and stealing a base in his only attempt.

Marek Minarik, Pittsburgh Pirates. Czech Republic.
Current team: Jamestown Jammers (Short-A)
Minarik made his last two appearances in relief after starting in his first 8 appearances in short season. His one-inning appearance on Monday was his first without a walk, and he also struck out two. In 37 innings, he now stands at 1-4 with a 4.86 ERA and 21 walks to go with 21 strikeouts. He’s now listed as a member of the Bristol Pirates in rookie ball.

Rookie -

Davide Anselmi, Cincinnati Reds. Italy.
Current team: AZL Reds (rookie)
Anselmi has logged 10.2 innings across seven appearances, allowing 17 hits and 3 walks while striking out 10.

Daniel Arribas, Pittsburgh Pirates. Netherlands.
Current team: Bristol Pirates (rookie)
Arribas has heated up – he’s up to .290 on the season after hitting over .400 in his last 10 games. That time also includes two home runs and two stolen bases. He’s at .290/.389/.411 in 107 Bristol at-bats.

Federico Celli, Los Angeles Dodgers. Italy.
Current team: AZL Dodgers (rookie)
The outfielder has made his debut, with 7 games under his belt tallying 3 hits and a stolen base.

Maik Ehmcke, Arizona Diamondbacks. Germany.
Current team: Missoula Osprey (rookie)
The lefty from Buchholz is at .247/.327/.312 in 31 games and 93 at bats, with 10 walks and 18 strikeouts.

Rachid Engelhardt, Baltimore Orioles. Netherlands.
Current team: DSL Orioles 1 (rookie)
Engelhardt has 110 at bats across 37 games in the Dominican, and is hitting .218/.298/.345 with one home run. He’s stolen 5 bases in 8 attempts.

Marten Gasparini, Kansas City Royals. Italy.
Current team: Burlington Royals (rookie)
Gasparini is on the disabled list, appearing in only 3 games since our last update. He’s undoubtedly one of the, if not THE, youngest player in the Appalacian League this season. His hitting .197 and is 4-of-5 in stolen bases in 66 at bats.

Misja Harcksen, Los Angeles Dodgers. Netherlands.
Current team: AZL Dodgers (rookie)
The Rotterdam native has his first 4 professional appearances under his belt. In 5 innings, he’s walked 2, struck out 2, and allowed 6 hits and 4 runs.

Jakub Izold, Cincinnati Reds. Slovakia.
Current team: AZL Reds (rookie)
In 13.1 innings across 9 games, Izold has allowed 19 hits and 7 walks with 9 strikeouts. His ERA stands at 7.43.

Julsan Kamara, Philadelphia Phillies. Germany.
Current team: DSL Phillies (rookie)
Presumably just back from injury, as Kamara had no game appearances for the last two weeks of July, he’s hitting .215/.386/.323 in 21 games and 65 at bats. He’s also 3-for-4 in stolen bases.

Mattia Mercuri, Atlanta Braves. Italy.
Current team: DSL Braves (rookie)
Mercuri is hitting .208 (.303 OBP) in 77 at bats/35 games. He has 7 runs and 5 RBI.

Alberto Mineo, Chicago Cubs. Italy.
Current team: AZL Cubs (rookie)
Mineo, listed as a first baseman, has played 27 games and has 97 at bats. He is hitting .278/.379/.402 with 16 walks and 27 strikeouts.

Jan Novak, Baltimore Orioles. Czech Republic.
Current team: DSL Orioles (rookie)
Had one appearance June 24th, throwing a clean 2/3rds of an inning. He has not pitched since.

Andy Paz, Oakland Athletics. France.
Current team: AZL Athletics (rookie)
Paz has logged 3 hits in 6 games in the rookie Arizona league, his second step down this year. He was hitting .120 in Vermont before the change was made. He’s hitting .140 with 14 walks and 34 strikeouts in 120 at bats across 3 levels.

Milan Post, Milwaukee Brewers. Netherlands.
Current team: AZL Brewers (rookie)
In 16 games and 48 at bats, Post has 6 hits, 7 walks, and 17 strikeouts for a .125/.276/.167 slashline.

Sven Schueller, Los Angeles Dodgers. Germany.
Current team: AZL Dodgers (rookie)
The NRW native and Regensburg Academy product has his first two professional innings, with one hit and one strikeout.

Daniel Thieben, Seattle Mariners. Germany.
Current team: Pulaski Mariners (rookie)
Thieben is working exclusively in short relief this season, with 17 innings in 11 games for Pulaski. He is 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA, 17 hits, 19 walks, and 10 strikeouts.

Joel Valera, Los Angeles Dodgers. Italy.
Current team: DSL Dodgers (rookie)
The third baseman has appeared in only 3 games since our last update, getting one hit. He’s at .130/.244/.145 through 26 games and 69 at bats.

Ruar Verkerk, Minnesota Twins. Netherlands.
Current team: GCL Twins (rookie)
The 17-year-old from Zwijndrecht has 50 at bats in the Gulf Coast League, with 6 hits, 3 walks, and 14 strikeouts.

Yet to appear in 2014 -

Nicolo Clemente, Boston Red Sox. Italy.

Rodney Daal, San Diego Padres. Netherlands.

Alex Roy, Seattle Mariners. France.

Artur Strzalka, New York Yankees. Poland.

Daniel Vavrusa, New York Yankees. Czech Republic.


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