Post Season Progress

October 16, 2017

 

 

The leaves are changing and so too is the season we love. As summer gives way to fall, let’s take a look at those who are hoping to endcap their seasons with Classic appearances as well as those who have already been crowned champions. 

 

France

 

Andy Paz, Toulousain

Team: Midland RockHounds 

League: Texas League - AA

Parent Club: Oakland Athletics - AL

Position: Catcher

2017 Season: Paz is now wearing his second championship ring. The RockHounds clinched their 4th consecutive Texas League title, his second with the club. Andy transferred to the team mid-season in 2016 and, was rooting from the pine while his team clinched in 2017. His personal season finished in late August but the playoffs continued through mid-September. No word on what pulled him out of the lineup. It could be as simple as having to return to school. No matter the cause, with a .997 fielding percentage over 391 innings, there is no denying he contributed to their success.  

 

Germany

 

Aaron Altherr, Landstuhl

Team: Philadelphia Phillies

League: MLB - NL

Parent Club: Philadelphia Phillies

Position: OF

2017 Season: Altherr ended his season in the MLB hitting .272 with a perfect fielding percentage at right where he spent 50 games. Aaron fielded a cumulative .986 on the season across 106 games in the outfield. 

 

Pascal Amon, Ingolstadt

Team: AZL Dodgers

League: Arizona League – Rookie

Parent Club: Los Angeles Dodgers - NL

Position: CF

2017 Season: Amon finished the season batting .230. Over the year he played all three positions in the outfield as well as 1st base.  

 

Marco Cardoso, Paderborn

Team: Unassigned

League: DSL

Position: SS

Parent Club: Boston Red Sox - AL

2017 Season: Cardoso arrived in the DSL following a mid-summer signing. He trained with the instructional league through September. After a short break he is expected to return in December for additional training.

 

Edwin Jackson, Neu-Ulm

Team: Washington Nationals

League: National League

Parent Club: Washington Nationals - NL

Position: RHP

2017 Season: Jackson’s year included some post-season play but the defending World Series Cubs were not ready to call it a year. The Nationals’ run ended over the second week of October. Edwin finished with a 5.07 ERA over 13 games with the club. He was picked up by Washington in late summer and only pitched 71.0 innings for the team. He finished the season with a 5-6 W/L record for the club. 

 

Max Kepler, Berlin

Team: Minnesota Twins

League: MLB - NL

Parent Club: Minnesota Twins

Position: RF

2017 Season: The Twins drew the Yankees in the Wild Card and that’s all there was of Kepler’s season. Max finished the year on several leader boards in his position. He took the overall top spot in the AL at right with a .993 fielding percentage despite also coming in 3rd for most errors committed at the position. In the outfield on the whole, he placed 5th in the AL with that percentage. Kepler topped the AL in double plays turned at right. He also placed 5th in both putouts and assists at the position. At the plate he finished the season swinging .243, which is a slight improvement over his rookie season finish at .235.

 

Nadir Ljatifi, Dortmund

Team: Billings Mustangs

League: Pioneer League – Rookie

Parent Club: Cincinnati Reds - NL

Position: 3rd

2017 Season: The 19-year old Ljatifi finished the year with a .246 average and a larger toolbox in the field. He played 2nd, 3rd and short throughout the summer coming up strong at 2nd.   

 

 

 

Bruce Maxwell, Weisbaden

Team: Oakland Athletics

League: American League

Parent Club: Oakland Athletics - AL

Position: Catcher

2017 Season: Maxwell ended his season with a .237 average and .993 fielding percentage but he used his position – as a team leader and as a catcher – for more than just the game on September 24, 2017. When he took a knee before the first pitch was ever thrown, he used his abilities to give thousands a voice.

 

Sven Schüller, Wuppertal

Team: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

League: Midwest League – Class A Advanced

Parent Club: Los Angeles Dodgers - NL

Position: RHP

2017 Season: Schüller’s season finished with a playoff run and a 5.25 ERA. After a mid-season call up he pitched just 24 innings in 12 games and finished with a 1-0 W/L record.

 

Italy

 

Marten Gasparini, Ruda

Team: Lexington Legends

League: South Atlantic League - A

Parent Club: Kansas City Royals - AL

Position: OF

2017 Season: Gasparini ended his first complete year of full-season A ball with a .227 average and a 1:3 ratio of extra base hits on the season. Gasparini moved from short to the outfield this year where he posted a .979 fielding percentage committing just 6 errors all year compared to his .196 average and 48 errors at short in 2016 for the club, 2017 was a very good year looking to Gasparini's future. 

 

Alberto Mineo, Gorzia

Team: South Bend Cubs

League: Midwest League – A 

Parent Club: Chicago Cubs - NL

Position: C/1B

2017 Season: Mineo’s season finished with a .278 average and a .990 fielding percentage on 1st as well as a .992 behind the mask.

 

Lithuania

 

Dovydas Neverauskas, Vilnius

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates

League: National League

Parent Club: Pittsburgh Pirates

Position: RHP

2017 Season: Neverauskas’ season ended in early October in Pittsburgh. He finished the year with a 3.91 ERA and a 1-1 record. He settled in surprisingly well in the bigs and proved change was not an issue for him as the season progressed. Given his improved ERA and the club’s need for pitching, we’d expect that he’ll be with the parent club heading into 2018 barring any off-season trades or backsliding during spring training.   

 

Modolva

 

Vadim Balan, Tiraspol

Team: GCL Twins – Rookie

League: Gulf Coast League

Parent Club: Minnesota Twins - AL

Position: RHP

2017 Season: Good news to finish Balan’s season. He was reactivated by the Twins on September 20th following more than a month on the DL. He did not pitch in a game after his injury so he finished the season with a 2.31 ERA over 9 games where he pitched just 11.2 innings all season.

 

Netherlands

 

Paul Brands, Haarlem

Team: Bristol Pirates

League: Appalachian League - Rookie

Parent Club: Pittsburgh Pirates - NL

Position: C

2017 Season: Brands finished the season in Bristol with a .220 average and a .982 fielding percentage over 32 games.

 

Taylor Clemensia, Amsterdam

Team: GCL Twins

League: Gulf Coast League – Rookie

Parent Club: Minnesota Twins - AL

Position: LHP

2017 Season: Taylor appeared in 9 games, pitching a total of 20.0 innings. He finished the year in the Gulf Coast with a 4.50 ERA and a 1-3 W/L record. 

 

Sir Didi Gregorius, Amsterdam

Team: New York Yankees

League: MLB – AL

Parent Club: New York Yankees

Position: SS

2017 Highlights: Sir Didi is the only European besides Jansen still playing. He hit .287 in the regular season but has not found his swing in post season action. He finished the wild card series with a .333 average but that dropped to .235 against Cleveland and is sitting at .125 two games into the Houston series. Considering his season started nearly a month early thanks to the World Baseball Classic, it could be his gas tank is beginning to run on fumes. Time will tell if he gets an opportunity to find his second wind. 

 

 

 

 

Kingdom of the Netherlands

 

Nelmerson Angela, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: DSL Mets2

League: Dominican Summer League - Rookie

Parent Club: NY Mets - NL

Position: LHP

2017 Season: Nelmerson finished his summer with the DSL Mets with a record of 2-0 and a 1.90 ERA. Over 10 games, 5 of which he started, he pitched 23.2 innings.

 

Hendrik Clementina, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Billings Mustangs

League: Pioneer League – Rookie

Parent Club: Cincinnati Reds – NL

Position: Catcher

2017 Season: After an outstanding start to his season, including an All Star appearance, his game definitely took a hit following a trade during the break. His average dropped from .370 to .240. Nothing had changed but his uniform. Same lineups and opponents at nearly every game, he was just sitting on another bench. This could be a great lesson learned for both sides of his contract. To be employed Major League Baseball means quick adjustment to change. Only time will tell if it was a lesson in maturity or a precursor that ultimately ends his career. 

 

Xander Jan Bogaerts, Oranjestad Aruba

Team: Boston Red Sox

League: MLB - AL

Parent Club: Boston Red Sox

Position: IF – SS, 3B

2017 Season: Xander ended 2017 with a short-lived playoff run. His season finished with a .273 average and .975 fielding percentage. Bogaerts was 3rd for triples in the AL and 10th in intentional walks but he also committed 17 errors at short, making him 4th on that leader board as well.

 

Kenley Jansen, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

League: MLB – NL

Parent Club: Los Angeles Dodgers

Position: RHP

2017 Highlights: Jansen is one of just two EU players still having a season. At the moment his team is up 2  games in the NLCS series against the defending champion Cubs. Kenley is already tops in the NL for saves with games to spare. His current ERA is 1.32 over 65 games with 5 wins, no losses and 41 saves over 68.1 innings of work.

 

Ryan Oduber, Oranjestad Aruba

Team: Lowell Spinners

League: New York-Penn League - Short A

Parent Club: Boston Red Sox - AL

Position: LHP

2017 Season: Oduber finished his first season of A-ball with a 5.40 ERA. He appeared in 16 games pitching 31.2 innings during which time he accumulated a 2-2 W/L record and a save.

 

Juremi Profar, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Frisco RoughRiders

League: Texas League – AA

Parent Club: Texas Rangers

Position: 3rd

2017 Season: Profar spent the year in AA for the Rangers. Over 109 games, he finished the season with a .263 BA and an average of a hit/game over the course of the season.

 

Jurickson Profar, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Round Rock Express

League: Pacific Coast League - AAA

Parent Club: Texas Rangers

Position: Utility

2017 Season: Jurickson finished the season in AAA for Texas hitting .287 for the Express after starting the season under .200 in the bigs. 

 

Jonathan Schoop, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Baltimore Orioles

League: MLB - AL

Parent Club: Baltimore Orioles

Position: 2B

2017 Season: Though his team didn’t make it to the playoffs Schoop had a Hall of Fame season. He finished the year with a .293 average and .981 fielding percentage at 2nd, 1.000 at short. He was not only an All Star but also played in the WBC, which extended his season nearly a month this year. Jonathan was named AL Player of the Week in July and he finished the year on several leader boards. He came in 6th in the AL for total bases with 313, 8th with 115 singles, and 6th having batted in 105. On defense he also topped the AL for putouts at 2nd with 329 and assists at 2nd with 446.

 

Sharlon Schoop, Willemstad Curaçao

Team: Norfolk Tide

League: International League - AAA

Parent Club: Baltimore Orioles - AL

Position: SS

2017 Season: Sharlon managed to get in three final games this season before his team lost in the playoffs. He finished the year with a .225 average and strong fielding percentages at both 2nd and 3rd where he split his time when healthy.

 

Andrelton Simmons, Mundo Nobo Curaçao

Team: Angels of Anaheim

League: MLB – NL

Parent Club: Angels of Anaheim

Position: SS

2017 Season: Simmons finished the year hitting .278 with a .980 fielding percentage at short. He led the league in at bats/strikeout with an average of 8.8 over the season.

 

Chadwick Tromp, Oranjestad, Aruba

Team: Pensacola Blue Wahoos

League: Southern League – AA

Parent Club: Cincinnati Reds – NL

Position: Catcher

2017 Season: Tromp picked up a championship title when his team grabbed the franchise’s first Southern League championship. Chadwick finished the season with a .204 average over 113 at bats and a .986 fielding percentage over 36 games. This was Tromp’s first season in AA. 

 

If the Series ends up being a Yankees-Dodgers matchup then Jansen and Gregarious will have played through a very long season together. Starting as teammates in the World Baseball Classic, they'll finish as opponents in the Fall Classic. Next month we'll update you on their season end as we cover Winter Ball for EU players abroad. 

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