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Sep '19 05

European in the Majors and Minors through September 4, 2019

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by DZ


Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees. Netherlands.
Gregorius is the regular shortstop for the playoff-bound New York Yankees. He missed the first two months of the season while recovering from offseason elbow surgery, and he’s hit .257 with 13 home runs in 249 at bats. Born in Amsterdam and spending time as a youth player in both the Caribbean and the Netherlands, the 29 year old is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason.

Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins. Germany.
Berlin native Kepler is the regular lead-off hitter (versus right-handed pitchers) for the AL Central-leading Twins. He’s hit a career high 36 home runs with 3+ weeks still remaining in the season. The 26 year old, in his 4th season of big league action, has split time between center field and right field while slashing .258/.339/.537. Kepler signed a 5 year, $35 million extension with the Twins prior to this season.


Martin Cervenka, Baltimore Orioles. Czech Republic.
Cervenka spent nearly six weeks in the summer on the injured list, but he still finished the season in Triple-A (his first at that level after playing all of 2018 at Double-A).  The catcher hit .206 in 46 games at Double A Erie, and he made the most of his promotion by hitting .372 in his 12 games at the top minor league level. Cervenka debuted in 2011 after signing with the Cleveland Indians, and he became an Oriole before the 2018 season. Including 5 games of a rehab stint at short-season Aberdeen, the Prague native finished the season with a cumulative .233/.304/.324 (batting average/on base percentage/slugging percentage) line in 219 at bats. He had 5 doubles, 5 home runs, 72 strikeouts, and 21 walks.

Dovydas Neverauskas, Pittsburgh Pirates.  Lithuania.
The 26-year-old debuted in the big leagues in the 2017 season, and has appeared regularly since than between Pittsburgh and Triple-A Indianapolis. Neverauskas was not amongst the initial September call-ups when the minor league season ended, but he could still be recalled this month. The right-handed pitcher has 10 appearances in Pittsburgh this season, throwing 9.1 innings with 15 hits and 7 walks. He also pitched 36 times in Triple-A, totaling 52 innings there with a 5.02 ERA, a 3-4 record, and 9 saves. He also threw twice for High-A Bradenton while on injury rehabilitation, striking out two batters without allowing a base runner. The 2019 season was Neverauskas’ 10th in the Pirates organization.


Alberto Mineo, Toronto Blue Jays. Italy.
The Italian catcher played the entire season at Double-A New Hampshire. He had 300 at bats across 83 games, hitting .220 with 101 strikeouts and 29 walks. Mineo debuted in 2012, originally signing with the Chicago Cubs. He became a Blue Jay before the 2018 season, and made it as high as Triple-A last season. The lefty hitting, righty throwing backstop had 5 home runs and a stolen base.

Sven Schüller, Los Angeles Dodgers. Germany.
The Wuppertal righty pitched the entire season at High-A Rancho Cucamonga before a late callup to finish the year with a 2-inning outing at Double-A Tulsa. Schueller ended up with 35 appearances and 58 innings pitched with a 4.19 ERA and 47 strikeouts versus 73 hits and 21 walks. He started with the Dodgers in 2014 season after signing from the Regensburg academy.

Markus Solbach, Los Angeles Dodgers. Germany.
The 28-year old right-handed pitcher signed this offseason out of the Australian Baseball League after being a key component on an undefeated regular season for the Bonn Capitals in 2018. Solbach got a delated start due to injury during spring training, but he’s hit the ground running at Double-A Tulsa. He is 5-1, with his only loss being a 10 hit, 9 run outing Aug 22nd. He hasn’t allowed more than one run in any other start, and his last two starts since the “stinker” he’s thrown 5.2 and 7.2 innings of shutout baseball. Solbach made 6 rehab appearances in the Arizona rookie league, and since being assigned to Double-A he’s thrown 42 innings, striking out 39 and walking 8. Solbach first signed with the Minnesota Twins for the 2011 season, and he spent time with the Diamondbacks organization as well. Tulsa is currently in the Double-A playoffs, making it unlikely Solbach represents Germany in next week’s European Championships.


Tom de Blok, Detroit Tigers. Netherlands.
de Blok played the entirety of the 2019 season for High-A Lakeland, finishing with a 4.04 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 21 games (20 of them starts). Despite those numbers, he somehow closed with a 2-13 win-loss record. The Dutch right-handed pitcher threw 111 innings, with 98 hits, 85 strikeouts, and 43 walks. The 23-year old signed with Detroit prior to the 2017 season.


Petru Balan, Minnesota Twins. Moldova.
Balan pitched 10 games this season, one at low-A Cedar Rapids and 9 for the GCL Twins. The Moldovan lefty totaled 12 innings, with 13 hits, 10 walks, and 17 strikeouts resulting in a 1-0 record and 8.25 ERA. The 23-year old debuted in the Twins system in 2017.

Donny Breek, Minnesota Twins. Netherlands.
The 19-year old righty from Amsterdam pitched his second season for the GCL Twins since signing the autumn of 2017. In 10 games this summer, Breek got 36.1 innings, striking out 38 and walking 19 while allowing only 21 hits for a 0.74 ERA and 1.10 WHIP.

Denzel Bryson, Atlanta Braves. Netherlands.
The Netherlands catcher opened his professional career in the rookie GCL for the Braves. In 27 games, Bryson received 62 at bats, with 7 walks, 31 strikeouts, and a stolen base to finish with a .065/.183/.097 slash line. He was 18 years old for the entirety of the season.

Jiorgeny Casimiri, Toronto Blue Jays, Netherlands.
Casimiri signed a contract with the Blue Jays this spring from HCAW, and he appeared in 9 games for 14 innings for their Gulf Coast League team. He allowed 11 hits and 2 walks while striking out 13, tallying a 2.57 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. The 18-year old reliever is currently competing with the Netherlands u18 team in Korea.

Marc Civit, Toronto Blue Jays. Spain.
Civit, from Sant Boi, spent his debut season in the Dominican Summer League.  The lefty pitched in 15 games and 31.2 innings, allowing 31 hits, 15 walks, and 24 strikeouts. He finished with a 2-1 record and 3.13 ERA while recording one save. Civit is 17 years old and is representing Spain in the u18 World Championships in South Korea.

Darryl Collins, Kansas City Royals. Netherlands.
Collins is currently playing for the Netherlands in the u18 World Championships. He signed last autumn and hit .320/.401/.436 in 48 games in the 2019 Arizona rookie league. He had 7 doubles and 7 triples, with 22 walks and 30 strikeouts. Collins will celebrate his 18th birthday later this month.

Daniele Di Monte, Detroit Tigers. Italy.
The Tigers lefty, signed out of Italy last autumn, started his career in the Gulf Coast League with 10.1 innings in 9 appearances. He walked 12 and struck out 10 with an ERA of 5.23. Di Monte is 17 years old.

Omar Hernandez, Kansas City Royals. Spain.
The right-handed catcher had his first pro season in Arizona, playing 36 games and getting 131 at bats. Hernandez hit .290 with a .345 on base percentage. He also stole two bases. He played the entire season at age 17.

Anton Kuznetsov, Philadelphia Phillies. Russia.
The lefty pitcher from Moscow finished his third season in the Phillies organization. He pitched in 17 games, with 33 innings to get 30 strikeouts, 6 walks, and 28 hits. He had a 3-1 record, 1.91 ERA, and 1.03 WHIP. Kuznetsov is 21 years old, and in part due to injury he’s thrown only 62 innings in his 3 professional seasons.

Ernesto Wilson Martinez, Milwaukee Brewers. France.
The 20-year old first baseman, a native of Cuba and émigré to France, completed his 3rd season in professional baseball with a .262/.356/.445 slash line. He played 48 games for the rookie Pioneer League team Rocky Mountain Vibes, with 164 at bats. He had 6 home runs, 4 stolen bases, 21 walks and 54 strikeouts.

Niklas Rimmel, Minnesota Twins. Germany.
The righty from Berlin pitched 37.2 innings in the Gulf Coast League, finishing with a 3-1 record, 2.15 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. Rimmel struck out 34 and walked 8 in 9 games, 7 of them starts. This was the 20-year-olds second season with the Twins, more than doubling his innings from 2018.

Sem Robberse, Toronto Blue Jays. Netherlands.
Robberse made 5 appearances in the Gulf Coast League after signing from the Hoofdklasse team Quick Amersfoort. He threw 10.1 innings, with 11 hits, 9 strikeouts, and one hit batter with a single run scored. He finished with a 2-0 record and 0.87 ERA. Robberse turns 18 later this year.

Leonardo Seminati, Cincinnati Reds. Italy.
The Italian first baseman finished the 2019 season hitting .276 with 9 home runs in 55 games for Billings in the Pioneer League. He had 20 walks versus 74 strikeouts in 192 at bats. Seminati signed in July of 2017 and debuted in 2018 in the AZL and with Billings.

These players are under contract with a major league club, but did not appear in official games in 2019 due to injury, development strategies, or signing during the year.

Samuel Aldegheri, Philadelphia Phillies. Italy.

Yoan Antonac, Philadelphia Phillies. France.

Eduardo Dominguez, Los Angeles Dodgers. Spain.

Arij Fransen, Cincinnati Reds. Netherlands.

Viktor Vecerka, Kansas City Royals. Czechia.

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