Four players with Dutch ties can be found on active Major League rosters. They have different roles with their respective teams and a mixed opening week into the 2013 season.
Outfielder Roger Bernadina has to settle for a backup role with the Washington Nationals at the moment. The 28-year-old is playing his sixth season in the big leagues (.252/.320/.373 in 384 games). He didn’t register an at-bat in Washington’s first series against the Miami Marlins, receiving only an appearance as defensive replacement.
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons of the Atlanta Braves meanwhile is in the starting lineup of the NL East team. The 23-year-old opened his second big league season by going 3-for-13 with a double, three runs scored and two strikeouts in three games. He batted .289/.335/.416 in 49 games last year.
Right-handed pitcher Kenley Jansen is playing for World Series favorite Los Angeles Dodgers. The 25-year-old is currently not the closer for manager Don Mattingly and will be used in a setup-role. During their series with World Series champion and rival San Francisco Giants he appeared in one game, walking and striking out a batter in a scoreless inning. It is his fourth season in Major League Baseball. He has an overall record of 8-4 with an ERA of 2.21 in 142 games. He has struck out 237 batters in just 146 2/3 innings, while walking 64.
Right-handed pitcher Pedro Strop of the Baltimore Orioles has won the World Baseball Classic with the Dominican Republic. Now he is back in the O’s bullpen, opening his fifth season in the big leagues. The 27-year-old gave up here runs on four hits in one inning of work against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, his only appearance so far. He has a 7-3 record with an ERA of 3.70 in 116 career games. He has struck out 100 batters in 107 innings, walking 62.