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May '17 28

Europeans in the Majors & Minors through May 27, 2017

by DZ

The countdown is on – by the next report, short season games should be getting underway. There’s been little excitement in the last 2+ weeks, as the European major leaguers play well and have solid big league roles. Dovydas Neverauskas continues to pitch well while waiting in Triple-A for an opportunity to build upon his one-game MLB appearance. A majority of the Europeans in the full-season minor leagues are catchers, and we can’t tell much of anything about their defense from the statistics freely available online. Just the longevity of Danny Arribas, Martin Cervenka, Alberto Mineo, and Andy Paz speaks well to their individual and collective work ethic and defensive “chops”.


Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees. Netherlands.
Current team: New York Yankees (MLB)
The 27-year-old Amsterdam native and Yankees shortstop now has 26 games played after a injury-delayed start to his season. He’s hitting .314/.339/.451 with 8 extra base hits (including 3 home runs) and a stolen base.

Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins. Germany.
Current team: Minnesota Twins (MLB)
Kepler has 6 extra base hits and 3 walks in the last week. The left-handed right fielder is at .267/.355/.460 on the year. The 24 year old, who hails from Berlin, has 19 walks, 30 strikeouts, and has 3 stolen bases in 4 attempts.

Triple A –

Dovydas Neverauskas, Pittsburgh Pirates.  Lithuania.
Current team: Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
The 24-year-old righty from Lithuania’s capital city has 15 strikeouts versus 4 walks in his last 10 appearances (14 IP). He took his first loss of the year in his last outing, but his ERA still stands at 3.09 (whereas two appearances ago it was 1.80) and his WHIP (walks & hits per inning pitched) is at a very respectable 1.20.


Andy Paz, Oakland Athletics. France.
Current team: Midland Rockhounds (AA)
Paz continues to receive regular playing time in Double-A. A stretch of several games earlier this month without a hit dropped his average significantly, but a mini-hit streak of 3 games got him back to .250. He has 12 walks versus 18 strikeouts in 28 games, and has 3 stolen bases without being caught. The catcher out of Toulouse has one double and 23 singles – for a slash-line of .245/.324/.255.

Single-A –

Daniel Arribas, Pittsburgh Pirates. Netherlands.
Current team: Bradenton Marauders (High-A)
The 24 year old from Amsterdam had two hits over his last 10 games, and was recently reassigned from High-A Bradenton (presumably to extended spring training, as he hasn’t shown up on another roster to date). Arribas is hitting .187 on the year, while continuing to provide value with his versatility (the natural catcher has appeared at 1B, 3B, LF, RF and DH this season), and despite the balls not falling he still sports a .318 on base percentage.

Martin Cervenka, Cleveland Indians. Czech Republic.
Current team: Lynchburg Hillcats (High-A)
The 24-year-old catcher has 12 hits in his last 10 games. For the season, he’s hitting .287/.325/.413 in 39 games. He has 10 walks against 34 strikeouts, and has 11 extra base hits.

Tom de Blok, Detroit Tigers. Netherlands.
Current team: West Michigan Whitecaps (Low-A)
The Amsterdam Pirate has now made 7 appearances since signing, pitching 11.2 innings, allowing 9 hits and 2 runs. He’s walked one and struck out four.

Marten Gasparini, Kansas City Royals. Italy.
Current team: Lexington Legends (Low-A)
The 20 year old from the north of Italy is making progress in his last 10 games, with 5 walks to go with his 11 strikeouts, and stealing four bases. He scored 6 times and had 6 hits. Through 40 games, Gasparini is hitting .203/.288/.266 with 8 steals in 13 attempts. He has 4 extra base hits, 16 walks, and 42 strikeouts.

Alberto Mineo, Chicago Cubs. Italy.
Current team: South Bend Cubs (Low-A)
The 22-year-old lefty hitting catcher is back in action after an injury, and he picked up right where he left off. Mineo is hitting .294 in 10 games over the last 11 days. In 31 games on the year, he’s hitting .274/.386/.377. He’s got 19 walks versus 23 strikeouts and has 9 extra base hits.

Sven Schüller, Los Angeles Dodgers. Germany.
Current team: Great Lakes Loons (Low-A)
The 21-year-old from Wuppertal and the Regensburg academy has a 2.08 ERA this season in 14 games. He’s thrown 26 innings and allowed 14 runs (6 earned) while walking 12 and striking out 14. His outings range from one-three innings per appearance.
Yet to appear in 2017 (short season and rookie leagues begin in June). All these players are likely already playing on a daily basis in extended spring training games in Florida, Arizona, or the Dominican Republic, but there is not public access to those statistics/results.

Petru Balan, Minnesota Twins. Moldova.
Current team: GCL Twins (rookie)

Vadim Balan, Minnesota Twins. Moldova.
Current team: GCL Twins (rookie)

Paul Brands, Pittsburgh Pirates. Netherlands.
Current team: GCL Pirates (rookie)

Taylor Clemensia, Minnesota Twins. Netherlands.
Current team: GCL Twins (rookie)

Nadir Ljatifi, Cincinnati Reds. Germany.
Current team: AZL Reds (rookie)

Matz Schutte, Minnesota Twins. Netherlands.
Current team: GCL Twins (rookie)

Claudio Scotti, Pittsburgh Pirates. Italy.
Current team: GCL Pirates (rookie)

Pascal Amon, Los Angeles Dodgers. Germany.
Current team: DSL Dodgers 1 (rookie)

Sam Buelens, Toronto Blue Jays. Belgium.
Current team: DSL Blue Jays (rookie)

Alessandro Ciarla, Philadelphia Phillies. Italy.
Current team: DSL Phillies 2 (rookie)

Leonardo Colagrossi, Philadelphia Phillies. Italy.
Current team: DSL Phillies 1 (rookie)

Ludovico Coveri, Philadelphia Phillies. Italy.
Current team: DSL Phillies 1 (rookie)

Federico Giordani, Los Angeles Dodgers. Italy.
Current team: DSL Dodgers 2 (rookie)

Anton Kuznetsov, Philadelphia Phillies. Russia.
Current team: DSL Phillies 1 (rookie)

Oliver van der Wijst Severino, Houston Astros.
Current team: yet to be assigned

1 Comment

  1. Comment by johnclay3
    June 1, 2017 | 2:57 pm

    You should track Aaron Altherr of the Philadelphia Phillies, as well. He was born in Germany to an American mother and German father. Not to mention he’s having an All Star caliber season.

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