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Aug '17 11

Europeans in the Majors & Minors through August 10, 2017

by DZ

Matz Schutte was released earlier this month from his third season in the Gulf Coast League. He returns home with a career 3-2 record and 4.11 ERA.

The pair of European everyday major league players continue their steady play, while the big news of the last two weeks was Dovydas Neverauskas of Lithuania recording his first major league win against the San Diego Padres. Tom de Blok came back to earth, but Anton Kuznetsov continues to fly high.


Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees. Netherlands.
Current team: New York Yankees (MLB)
The Yankees shortstop has an active 6 game hitting streak, having multiple hits on four of those days. He has 18 home runs on the year.

Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins. Germany.
Current team: Minnesota Twins (MLB)
On August 8th, Kepler had a pair of home runs while going 3-for-4. He’s now hitting .249/.316/.422 while playing right field regularly for the Twins.

Triple A –

Dovydas Neverauskas, Pittsburgh Pirates.  Lithuania.
Current team: Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
Neverauskas was called up to the major league team for the third time this season, to once again be returned to Triple-A as the Pirates seem to be using him amongst a group of young pitchers who can throw multiple innings out of the bullpen. While up, he recorded his first career MLB win on August 6th.


Andy Paz, Oakland Athletics. France.
Current team: Midland Rockhounds (AA)
Paz has played only twice in the last two weeks, getting a hit in each game with a run scored and 2 RBI. He’s played 50 games this season at Double-A in this, his seventh season in the Oakland system. He’s hitting .253 with a .304 on-base percentage.

Single-A –

Martin Cervenka, Cleveland Indians. Czech Republic.
Current team: Lynchburg Hillcats (High-A)
Cervenka is hitting .333 in his last 10 games. Also in his seventh season, the Prague native has his season average up to .283/.344/.429.

Sven Schüller, Los Angeles Dodgers. Germany.
Current team: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (High-A)
The 21 year old from Wuppertal has made 3 appearances in the last two weeks, with 6 hits and 10 strikeouts in 7 innings of work. He has a 1.97 ERA.

Tom de Blok, Detroit Tigers. Netherlands.
Current team: West Michigan Whitecaps (Low-A)
De Blok has struggled in his last two outings, allowing 6 runs on August 3rd, and four runs on 9 hits yesterday – raising his season ERA by a full run and a half to 2.47. He still has 48 strikeouts versus 5 walks in 42.2 innings.

Marten Gasparini, Kansas City Royals. Italy.
Current team: Lexington Legends (Low-A)
Gasparini has managed only four hits through his last 10 games, with one home run, one walk, one stolen base, and 13 strikeouts. His full season numbers stand at .242/.286/.382 with 9 home runs and 17 stolen bases.

Alberto Mineo, Chicago Cubs. Italy.
Current team: South Bend Cubs (Low-A)
Mineo continues his consistent production, with 9 hits and 6 walks in his last 10 games played – right in line with his season numbers of .269/.365/.349. He has two stolen bases and twenty extra base hits.

Rookie –

Pascal Amon, Los Angeles Dodgers. Germany.
Current team: AZL Dodgers (rookie)
Amon was hitting .256/.319/.407 and stole his first base on August 4th in Arizona before reappearing in Slovakia in Germany’s U23 lineup on the 7th. After the European Championships conclude this Sunday, he’ll return for the final two weeks of the AZL season.

Petru Balan, Minnesota Twins. Moldova.
Current team: GCL Twins (rookie)
Balan has seven appearances now in the GCL, and he’s accumulated an 0-3 record and 7.20 ERA in 20 innings. He’s walked or hit 20 batters while striking out 19.

Vadim Balan, Minnesota Twins. Moldova.
Current team: GCL Twins (rookie)
Vadim had one appearance since our last report, giving up two hits and allowing his first 3 runs of the season without recording an out. He was then placed on the minor league disabled list.

Paul Brands, Pittsburgh Pirates. Netherlands.
Current team: Bristol Pirates (rookie)
Brands has hits in 5 of his last 6 games, raising his batting average to .238 and his OBP to .333 through 23 games. He has 8 extra base hits, one stolen base, 33 strikeouts and 12 walks.

Taylor Clemensia, Minnesota Twins. Netherlands.
Current team: GCL Twins (rookie)
Clemensia has pitched 3 times in the last two weeks, limiting his opponents to 6 hits in 5 innings while walking 7. He has a 2-3 record and 4.19 ERA in 9 games and 19.1 innings.

Ludovico Coveri, Philadelphia Phillies. Italy.
Current team: DSL Phillies Red (rookie)
Coveri gave up 6 hits and only one run in the last two weeks, pitching 8 innings across two games. He’s 5-2 with a 1.33 ERA in 40.2 innings with 31 strikeouts and 8 walks.

Nadir Ljatifi, Cincinnati Reds. Germany.
Current team: Billings Mustangs (rookie)
Ljatifi has played two games in the last two weeks, getting one hit and four strikeouts. He’s hitting .160 in 12 games and 25 at bats on the year.

Ernesto Wilson Martinez, Milwaukee Brewers. France.
Current team: DSL Brewers (rookie)
The first baseman from Cuba via France has 12 hits and three home runs in his last 10 games. In 35 games and 105 at bats thus far, he’s hitting .257/.420/.438 with those 3 home runs, 28 walks, and 27 strikeouts.

Anton Kuznetsov, Philadelphia Phillies. Russia.
Current team: GCL Phillies (rookie)
Kuznetsov has made three more appearances in the last two weeks, and still hasn’t allowed an earned run on the season. He has 18 strikeouts, 10 hits and 2 walks in 17.1 innings.

Claudio Scotti, Pittsburgh Pirates. Italy.
Current team: GCL Pirates (rookie)
Scotti has four appearances now this season, throwing 7.1 innings with 7 hits, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts.

Marco van der Wijst, Houston Astros. Netherlands.
Current team: DSL Astros Orange (rookie)
The Dutch/Dominican has 8 hits and 10 walks in his last 10 games. Through 21 games of his professional career, he has 15 walks and 8 strikeouts while putting together a .275/.433/.373 line.

Signed to 2018 minor league contracts:

Marco Cardoso, Boston Red Sox. Germany.

Leonardo Seminati, Cincinnati Reds. Italy.

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