Dutchies on 60-man rosters
Most MLB clubs have announced their 60-man rosters. A change compared to last year as the clubs had 40-man rosters. But due to the coronavirus, everything is different. Besides the known names, several Dutchies have made the 60-man rosters. Here is an overview of the rosters that are known now.
The 60-man player pool will only be for the time of the “Spring” Training. After Spring Training, the rosters will be cut to 30 men. Teams can field a 30-man Opening Day active roster, which they must cut to 28 players after two weeks in the season. Two weeks later, on Day 29 of the season, they must cut the roster to 26 players, which they will carry for the rest of the season.
Boston Red Sox:
Of course, the Red Sox have added Xander Bogaerts to their 60-man roster. The guy they extended to a multi-year and multi-million dollar contract. The 27-year old Aruban is coming off his best season with the Beantowners so far. A .309 batting average with 33 home runs and 52 doubles. His defense wasn’t as good as in 2018 but still hit .975 fielding percentage was very decent.
One of the Dutchies on the 60-man roster of the Tigers is Jonathan Schoop. After a subpar season with the Twins in which he batted just .256, the Tigers were willing to sign the Curaçaoan to a one -year deal worth $6.1 million.
At the end of last year, Sherten Apostel could be found on the 40-men roster of the Texas Rangers already. The utility infielder from Curaçao can play first and third base. During Spring Training, Sherten was sent down to the Frisco RoughRiders (AA, Texas League) but he remained on the 40-man roster of the Rangers. Last season, his combined batting average (A Full Season and A-Advanced) of .251 wasn’t that impressive. His defensive numbers at first base are much better (.988 fielding percentage). But he only played 12 games at that position. At third base, Sherten posted a combined .935 last season.
The reigning MLB champions, Washington Nationals announced their 60-man roster. One Dutchie is part of it. Carter Kieboom. Kieboom born of a Dutch father, spend most of the time with the Nats’ AAA franchise in Fresno last year. He got a cup of coffee in the Bigs but could not impress with a .128 batting average yet. His four errors in ten games were not impressive either. With the Fresno Grizzlies, Kieboom played three positions: 2B (.969 fielding percentage), 3B (.875) and SS (.975). At bat, Carter did a lot better with a .303 BA. He ripped 16 home runs, 3 triples and 24 doubles.
Not really a surprise as Andrelton Simmons is on the Angels’ 60-man roster. In 2019, the Curaçaoan shortstop posted a .264 batting average, his lowest with the Angels so far. His .974 fielding percentage was also his lowest with the Angels since he was traded to that club.
Neither a surprise is the addition of Ozhaino Albies on the 60-man roster of the Braves. The 23-year old infielder from Curaçao is coming off his best season in the Bigs so far. Last year he batted .295 with 24 home runs, 8 triples, and 42 doubles. With a length of 5’7″ (173 cm) one can only wonder how Ozzie is putting up those power numbers.
Also offensive wise, 2019 was his best so far with a fielding percentage of .994.
Not a surprise the Phillies added their new shortstop Didi Gregorius to their 60-man roster. During his years with the Yankees, Didi has proven to be a bonafide shortstop. At bat, he had a kind of an off-year as he batted a modest .238. With .979, his fielding percentage was only a tad lower than his best with the Yankees of .982 (in 2017).
Los Angeles Dodgers:
The fact that Kenly Jansen was placed on the 60-man roster is not a surprise either. Even though his ERA was in the high 3.00s (3.71) he still managed to keep his opponents to a modest .213 batting average.
San Diego Padres:
After a long injury bug, Jurickson Profar never really got a chance with the Texas Rangers, who moved him all over the infield and to one outfield position. After he joined the Oakland A’s he played some other positions, like 1B and OF but the biggest chunk he played at second base, posting a .973 fielding percentage. At bat, Jurickson was far from impressive as he batted a modest .218.
Perhaps a change of environment in laid back San Diego, at one of the best-looking ballparks and with a team that has arguably one of the best-looking uniforms, will do the Curaçaoan good.
For now, it is not clear yet where those players that do not make the Opening Day roster will play. According to sources on Curaçao, there are talks between MLB and FEBEKO (Curaçao Baseball Federation) to place several minor leaguers in the local competition just to keep them active. It is not known what the status of these negotiations is.