• Sam Gilman

Mid-Season Report


Team Europe works to hold their own in Asian baseball while softball players in NZ and AU battle for active roster spots. Given the chance to play though, some Europeans are letting their talent do all the talking.

Australian Baseball League


Donald Lutz

Winter: Brisbane Bandits

Team: Free Agent

Position: 1st Baseman/Outfield

Game Notes: 15 putouts in 4 games defensively


Bas Nooij, Netherlands

Winter: Adelaide Bite

Team: Formerly with the Amsterdam Pirates

Position: Catcher

Game Notes: In 6 games and 11 AB Nooij is posting a .364 BA


Sven Schüller, Germany

Winter: Sydney Blue Sox

Team: Ogden Raptors – Rookie

League: Pioneer League

Parent Club: Los Angeles Dodgers

Position: RHP

Game Notes: In 5 games with the Blue Sox Schüller has 1 loss, 1 save and a 2.70 ERA


Loek van Mil, Netherlands

Winter: Adelaide Bite

Team: Curacao Neptunus

Parent Club: Minnesota Twins

Position: RPH

Game Notes: Only EU play named to The World team for the ABL All-Star Game


Softball Australia


Gretta Cecchetti, Italy

Team: Victoria

Parent Club: Sanotint Bollate

Position:Pitcher


Mikulas Klas, Czech Republic

Team: Roosters Softball Club

Parent Club: Tempo Praha

Position: 3rd, 1st


Tomas Petr, Czech Republic

Team: Roosters Softball Club

Parent Club: Spectrum Praha

Position: SS


Illaria Pino, Italy

Team: Australian Capital Territory

Parent Club: Legnano

Position: Catcher


Filip Tabaček, Czech Republic

Team: Red Sox Werribee

Parent Club: Hippos Havlíčkův Brod

Position: OF, 1st, 3rd


Arizona Instructional League


Marten Gasparini, Italy

Team: Lexington Legends

League: South Atlantic League – Class A (Full Season)

Parent Club: Kansas City Royals

Position: SS


Frederico Giordani, Italy

Team: DSL Dodgers2

League: Dominican Summer League – Rookie (Short Season)

Parent Club: Los Angeles Dodgers

Position: OF

Asia Winter Baseball League (AWB)


Throughout November and December 29 Europeans are on the roster representing Europe in the AWB.


Vincent Ahrens, Germany

Team: Bonn Capitals

League: Bundesliga Baseball

Position: C


Daniel Alvarez, Spain

Team: Pulaski Yankees

League: Appalachian League – Rookie (Short Season)

Parent Club: NY Yankees

Position: RHP


Paul Brands, Netherlands

Team: GCL Pirates

League: Gulf Coast League – Rookie (Short Season)

Parent Club: Pittsburgh Pirates

Position: C


Frederico Celli, Italy

Team: Great Lakes Loons

League: Midwest League - Rookie Short Season

Parent Club: Rimini Pirates

Position: OF


Alessandro Ciarla, Italy

Team: DSL Phillies 2

League: Dominican Summer League

Parent Club: Philadelphia Phillies

Position: RHP

Game Notes: Credited with Team Europe’s first win of the season.


Taylor Clemensia, Netherlands

Team: GCL Twins

League: Gulf Coast League – Rookie (Short Season)

Parent Club: Minnesota Twins

Position: LHP


Nicolo Clemente, Italy

Team: GCL Red Sox

League: Gulf Coast League – Rookie (Short Season)

Parent Club: Boston Red Sox

Position: RHP


Ludovico Coveri, Italy

Team: San Marino

League: ITBL, Italy

Parent Club: Philadelphia Phillies

Position: RHP


Diego Fabiani, Italy

Team: Padova

League: ITBL, Italy

Parent Club: Padova

Position: RHP


Federico Giordani, Italy

Team: DSL Dodgers 2

League: Dominican Summer League

Parent Club: LA Dodgers

Position: RHP


Marc Habcek, France

Team: Rouen Huskies

League: Division 1, France

Parent Club: LA Dodgers

Position: RHP


Misja Harcksen, Netherlands

Team: AZL Dodgers

League: AZL – Rookie (Short Season)

Parent Club: Los Angles Dodgers

Position: RHP


Eugene Helder, Netherlands

Team: DSL Mariners

League: Dominican Summer League

Parent Club: Seatle Mariners

Position: IF


Ross Ismail, Netherlands

Team: Free agent

Position: RHP


Urving Kemp, Netherlands

Team: Curacao Neptunus

League: Honkbal Hoofdklasse, Netherlands

Parent Club: Curacao Neptunus

Position: OF


Dudley Leonora, Netherlands

Team: Corendon Kinheim

League: Honkbal Hoofdklasse, Netherlands

Parent Club: Corendon Kinheim

Position: IF


Mattia Mercuri, Italy

Team: Nettuno

League: Italian Baseball League

Parent Club: Nettuno

Position: IF


Martin Muzik, Czech Republic

Team: Kotlarka Prague

League: Extra Liga, Czech Republic

Parent Club: Kotlarka Prague

Position: C


Owen Ozanich, France

Team: Rouen Huskies

League: Division 1, France

Parent Club: Rouen Huskies

Position: RHP


Andres Perez, Spain

Team: Tenerife Marlins

League: Spanish Division de Honor

Parent Club: Tenerife Marlins

Position: RHP


Eduard Pirvu, Romania

Team: Ishido Botosani

League: Romanian League

Parent Club: Ishido Botosani

Position: RHP


Kyle Pollock, Germany

Team: Washington Wild Things

League: Frontier League (East)

Parent Club: Washington Wild Things

Position: C


Leomartires Rodriquez, Spain

Team: Novara

League: Italian Baseball League

Parent Club: Novara

Position: IF


Matz Schutte, Netherlands

Team: GCL Twins

League: Gulf Coast League – Rookie (Short Season)

Parent Club: Minnesota Twins

Position: RHP


Artur Strzalka, Poland

Team: GCL Yankees West

League: Gulf Coast League – Rookie (Short Season)

Parent Club: New York Yankees

Position: RHP


Kevin Weijgertse, Netherlands

Team: HCAW Bussum

League: Honkbal Hoofdklasse, Netherlands

Parent Club: HCAW Bussum

Position: IF


Jesus Ustariz, Spain

Team: Tenerife Marlins

League: Spanish Division de Honor

Parent Club: Tenerife Marlins

Position: IF


Dominican Professional Baseball League


Ademar Rifaela, Curaçao

Team: Delmarva Shorebirds

League: South Atlantic League

Parent Club: Baltimore Orioles

Position: Right Field

Transactions: October 20, 2016 assigned to winter ball with Toros del Este

Softball New Zealand


Virginie Anneveld, Netherlands

Team: Western Magpies

Parent Club: Sparks Haarlem

Position: 3rd


Anton Brown, Denmark

Team: Mt. Albert Ramblers

Parent Club: GSK Gladsaxe

Position: Catcher


Veronika Peckova, Czech Republic

Team: Howick Softball Club

Parent Club: Žraloci Ledenice

Position: Pitcher

Game Notes: The RHP Peckova has 4 hits through 6 games. Offensively she’s pitched 5 games with a 3-2 record and a .64 ERA. In the team’s annual breast cancer fundraising tournament she had an unbelievable 14Ks in the first game and an additional 11 in the next beating her season record by 3 strikeouts for the event.


Jiří Korčák, Czech Republic

Team: Howick Softball Club

Parent Club: Žraloci Ledenice

Position: SS, 2nd


Martin Simonsen, Denmark

Team: Northcote Softball

Parent Club: Stenlose Bulls

Position: Pitcher

Game Notes: After 11 AB Simonsen is batting .273


Martin Turek, Czech Republic

Team: Hutt City United

Parent Club: Žraloci Ledenice

Position: 1st base, CF

Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League


Yurendel de Caster, Curaçao

Winter: Tigres de Chinadega

Team: Did not play summer 2016

Position: 1st

Game Notes: In 18 games de Caster is batting .360.


Dashenko Ricardo, Curaçao

Winter: Tigres de Chinadega

Team: Curacao Neptunus

Position: Catcher

Game Notes: Having played just 11 games on the season Ricardo is currently batting .268


Francisco Taveras, Netherlands

Winter: Tigres de Chinadega

Team: Released before the 2016 season by the AZL Rangers

Position: Pitcher

Game Notes: In 19 innings he’s given up 15 runs earning himself a 7.11 ERA to date


Curt Smith, Curaçao

Winter: Tigres de Chinandega

Team: Lincoln Salt Dogs

League: American Association

Parent Club: Independent Club

Position: RF

Game Notes: .383 BA through 32 games and 120 AB. He leads the team in homers with 9.

Venezuelan Professional Baseball League


Shairon Martis, Curaçao

Winter: Aguilas del Zulia

Team: Lincoln Salt Dogs

League: American Association

Parent Club: Independent Club

Position: RPH

Game Notes: Currently posting a 4.79 ERA through 41.1 innings of ball with 22 strikeouts



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