• Sam Gilman

Winter’s End


PC: Dirk Steffen

Many leagues are winding down for the winter. Here’s a look at those who recorded playing time over the holiday season.


Australian Baseball League


Donald Lutz

Winter: Brisbane Bandits

Team: Free Agent

Position: 1st Baseman/Outfield

Game Notes: batting .323 for the season. This is up by .40 over his average in the ABL during the 2011 and 2016 seasons.


Bas Nooij, Netherlands

Winter: Adelaide Bite

Team: Formerly with the Amsterdam Pirates

Position: Catcher

Game Notes: In his first season of the ABL, Nooij is maintaining a .316 batting average.


Sven Schüller, Germany

Winter: Sydney Blue Sox

Team: Ogden Raptors – Rookie

League: Pioneer League

Parent Club: Los Angeles Dodgers

Position: RHP

Game Notes: Named to the All Star team, Schüller is posting a 5.54 ERA in 12 games and has an 0-3 record.


Loek van Mil, Netherlands

Winter: Adelaide Bite

Team: Curacao Neptunus

Parent Club: Minnesota Twins

Position: RPH

Game Notes: In 13 games van Mil has a .52 ERA and an 0-2 win/loss record in 17.1 innings of relief.



Softball Australia


Gretta Cecchetti, Italy

Team: Australian Capital Territory Diamonds

Parent Club: Sanotint Bollate

Position: Pitcher


Mikulas Klas, Czech Republic

Team: Roosters Softball Club

Parent Club: Tempo Praha

Position: 3rd, 1st


Saskia Kosterink, The Netherlands

Team: Western Australia Flames

Parent Club: Sparks Haarlem

Position: Outfield


Tomas Petr, Czech Republic

Team: Roosters Softball Club

Parent Club: Spectrum Praha

Position: SS


Illaria Pino, Italy

Team: Australian Capital Territory Diamonds

Parent Club: Legnano

Position: Catcher


Filip Tabaček, Czech Republic

Team: Red Sox Werribee

Parent Club: Hippos Havlíčkův Brod

Position: OF, 1st, 3rd


Britt Vonk, The Netherlands

Team: Queensland Heat

Parent Club: Tex Town Tigers

Position: SS, 2nd

Game Notes: Winner of the Best Batter Award. Named to the All-Tournament Team as shortstop. The Queensland Heat won the Gilley's Shield, Australia’s Softball Championship trophy.


Softball New Zealand

Virginie Anneveld, Netherlands

Team: Western Magpies

Parent Club: Sparks Haarlem

Position: 3rd

Game Notes: 19 seems to be Anneveld’s number. In 19 games she’s had 19 runs off 19 hits. Her .380 batting average is 5th in the league and includes 14 RBIs.


Anton Brown, Denmark

Team: Mt. Albert Ramblers

Parent Club: GSK Gladsaxe

Position: Catcher

Game Notes: Having made just seven plate appearances Brown is currently batting .400.


Veronika Peckova, Czech Republic

Team: Howick Softball Club

Parent Club: Žraloci Ledenice

Position: Pitcher

Game Notes: Hitting a respectable .250 for a pitcher, Veronika’s performance on the other side of the bat has been outstanding. In 55.2 innings she’s struck out 92 while walking just 16. Her ERA is 3rd best in the league at .72.


Jiří Korčák, Czech Republic

Team: Howick Softball Club

Parent Club: Žraloci Ledenice

Position: SS, 2nd

Game Notes: In 10 at bats Jiří has two hits, including a triple.


Martin Simonsen, Denmark

Team: Northcote Softball

Parent Club: Stenlose Bulls

Position: Pitcher

Game Notes: Simonsen is batting .278 with just three hits, including two triples.


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: de Caster is hitting .328 with 29 RBIs over 32 games.


Dashenko Ricardo, Curaçao

Winter: Tigres de Chinadega

Team: Curacao Neptunus

Position: Catcher

Game Notes: Averaging a hit a game Ricardo has 26 hits in as many games with 15 RBIs.


Francisco Taveras, Netherlands

Winter: Tigres de Chinadega

Team: Released before the 2016 season by the AZL Rangers

Position: Pitcher

Game Notes: After posting a 7.11 ERA in his first 19 innings of the season, Taveras has not played another inning. His last game was in November.


Curt Smith, Curaçao

Winter: Tigres de Chinandega

Team: Lincoln Salt Dogs

League: American Association

Parent Club: Independent Club

Position: RF

Game Notes: With 35 runs and 64 walks Smith continues to lead his team in home runs with 10 on the season. He’s currently posting a .381 batting average, second on the roster behind a person with just 2 at bats for the year.



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: In December Martis’ ERA rose to 5.18 over 41.2 innings. His current record is 0-4 in 11 games.

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