Europeans in American Education All-Star Team

Europe flagsThis spring, 75 baseball players with European connexions suited up for American universities, junior colleges, and high schools. We handed out weekly awards to a huge number of them: 12 different four-year players took home a Player of the Week, while nine were named Pitcher of the Week. Although a single hitter and one pitcher dominated the JuCo realm, six different athletes were Player of the Week and another five were tabbed top pitcher over a seven-day stretch.

As such, deciding on an All-Star Team of Europeans was difficult, with plenty of depth at catcher and outfield, in particular. Certain positions (first and second base) were a bit lighter, leading to the decision to list only a single all-star team of players at all levels. The resulting list, however, reflects the best of Europeans aged 24 and under, with many set for prominent role for their national teams in the near future.

European American University All-Star Team
C          Martin Mužík (.407/.497/.793, 22.7% caught stealing)
1B        Ari Sechopoulos (.273/.370/.591)
2B        Richard Brereton (.320/.383/.467, 13 SB; 3.60 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 8.49 K/9 as P)
SS         Tim Schaareman (.406/.468/.521, 23 SB, 18/23 K/BB)
3B        Martin Červinka (.295/.409/.402, 21/16 K/BB)
OF       Antoine Duplantis (.328/.381/.443, 19SB)
OF       Nick Kanavas (.358/.440/.432, 20SB)
OF       Julian Rip (.297/.415/.669)
P          John Doxakis (2.70 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 8.87 K/9, .212 batting average against)
P          Nick Pantos (2.96 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 12.09 K/9)
P          Marius Balandis (3.72 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 9.78 K/9)
P          Matteo Bocchi (3.34 ERA, 8.63 K/9, .250 batting average against)

Three of these hitters and a pair of pitchers were then selected for our top awards: Pitcher and Player of the Year for four-year and two-year universities and JuCo Rookie of the Year. Finally, we tabbed a High School Player of the Year as well.

Four-Year Player of the Year
SchaaremanThe decision to pick our Player of the Year for four-year universities was, by far, the most difficult one. Our top contenders included Richard Brereton, who handled a position change from the infield to centre while throwing more innings than anyone on the team. Despite that, the breakout GB star had the fifth-highest average of any player on our list while flashing some power and speed. Meanwhile, Sweden’s Antoine Duplantis came through on his preseason hype, delivering a .328 average and plenty of speed.

Our winner, however, is Tim Schaareman, the only European at a four-year university to hit over .400, almost 50 points better than the next-highest average. The Dutch shortstop simply never got cold, with three hits in three games representing his worst week, while he had seven-day spans of eight, eight, nine, and 12 hits. Schaareman claimed three Player of the Week nods, ranked nationally in several categories, and was named First Team All-Conference. As a result, he is our first European Player of the Year for Four-Year universities.

More on Schaareman here: [link].

Four-Year Pitcher of the Year
dox_usaEarly in the season, quite a few pitchers were in the running for Pitcher of the Year. Through April 15, only Paul Kirkpatrick (three) had multiple Pitcher of the Week nods as seven pitchers took home the first nine awards. From that point on, however, one pitcher won four of the next eight en route to an incredible season.

All John Doxakis to finish out the season was beat No. 1 MLB Draft Pick Casey Mize in the SEC Tournament and strike out 28 with a 0.95 ERA in his last three starts (19 innings). The lefty finished with a 2.70 ERA while batters hit .212 with 92 Ks in 93 1/3 innings despite pitching the entire season at 19.

There is one complicating factor to our naming Doxakis Pitcher of the Year among players eligible for European national teams: the hurler spent a month in the starting rotation for the USA Collegiate National Team and has never pitched for Greece. Should Greek Baseball succeed in recruiting him, however, the southpaw would instantly become one of the top pitchers for a European squad. For what it’s worth, had we limited the award to hurlers born in Europe, our selection would be Matteo Bocchi.

More on Doxakis here: [link]. More on Bocchi here: [link].

Junior College Player of the Year
muzik1.jpgThough a number of Europeans at junior colleges had excellent seasons, one player put on a three month-long showcase against opposing pitching, winning 9-of-14 possible Two-Year Player of Week honours. Martin Mužík is the clear winner here after putting up his second straight otherworldly season.

Mužík was recognised nationally by the NJCAA last year after an astonishing .406/.482/.744 line in 2017, but topped every category this year on his way to a Second Team All-American. He ranked in the Top 50 in NJCAA DII in five categories, including No. 17 in slugging (.793) and No. 23 (tied) in home runs (12) while batting .407. Should Mužík wish to continue his American university career, he will likely have plenty of options and, in the meantime, will play for the Netherlands at the European Super Six.

More on Mužík here: [link].

Junior College Pitcher of the Year
Pantos2In a year that featured several interesting early season performances, two moundsmen had impressive seasons. The first, Marius Balandis, has a chance to develop into Lithuania’s second-ever pitching prospect after Dovydas Neverauskas. Balandis collected two JuCo Pitcher of the Week awards and another Rookie of the Week and finished with a 3.72 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 9.78 K/9.

However, Balandis was clearly a step behind the incredible Nick Pantos. Another pitcher who has yet to play for Greece, the right-hander was in the Top 40 in NJCAA DII in six categories, including strikeouts (90 in 67 innings, or 12.09 K/9) and ERA (2.96). Pantos claimed All-Region honours and has was electric enough to attract an offer from NCAA DI Old Dominion University.

More on Pantos here: [link].

Junior College Rookie of the Year
Cervinka2.jpgAlthough Pantos put up outstanding numbers and our winner was overshadowed by his own Czech teammate, Martin Červinka had a stellar stateside debut for Wake Tech. Like Pantos, he got better and better as the season went on, exhibiting the best plate discipline of any of the 75 players on our list, with some contact ability, power, and speed as well, all the while holding down the hot corner as a freshman.

Červinka won three of our Two-Year Rookie of the Week and had another two Player of the Week listings on his way to a .295/.409/.402 line. Červinka struck out only 16 times in 112 at bats, including just three in his final 46 at bats, and walked 21 times. He chipped in seven stolen bases and 35 runs in 37 games and will step out of Mužík’s shadow next spring.

More on Červinka here: [link].

High School Player of the Year
RinconesAlthough one high schooler on our list was drafted and several more played for their countries in summer tournaments, one hitter stood out above all the others. Though his name might not tip one off to his Scottish nationality, Gabriel Rincónes, Jr. looks like a player to watch in his final school season next spring.

Rincónes held down a starting spot in the outfield all year as a junior and responded well, with a hitless final game of the year pushing his average below .300 for the first time. Playing in the tough Florida high school season, Rincónes flashed power (two dingers, .480 slugging) and plate discipline (11 walks, .426 on-base percentage), finishing with a .299 average. With Scotland yet to gain admission to the Confederation of European Baseball, Rincónes looks like an intriguing possibility for Team GB.

More on Rincónes here: [link].

If you missed it, here is the full list of end-of-season updates for all 75 players eligible for European national federations:
Surnames A-C [link].
Surnames D-G [link].
Surnames H-K: [link].
Surnames L-P: [link].
Surnames R-S: [link].
Surnames T-Z: [link].
Complete list of Weekly Award Winners: [link].
Please let us know of any Europeans attending high school or university for the 2018-19 academic year.

All pictures courtesy of players’ respective institutions, with the exception of the picture of Balandis, from whom we were given use.

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European Baseball Players in American Education Weekly Awards

europe-flags.jpgCompiled below is our full list of weekly award winners among European-eligible players at American universities. This includes Four-Year Player and Pitcher of the Week, along with JuCo Player, Pitcher, and Rookie of the Week. In parentheses is the number of times, through that week, that the player had won the respective award. In total, 30 different players (out of 74) from 14 countries (out of 19) won a weekly award.

Four-Year University Players of the Week:

Week Player
Feb. 1-28 Richard Brereton (1) and Jorin van Amstel (1)
Feb. 19-25 Antoine Duplantis (1) and Nick Zouras (1)
Feb. 26-March 4 Tim Schaareman (1)
March 5-11 Max Draijer (1)
March 12-18 Bart in den Kleef (1) and Axel Poesmans (1)
March 19-25 Tim Schaareman (2)
March 26-April 1 Tim Schaareman (3)
April 2-8 Antoine Duplantis (2)
April 9-15 Richard Brereton (2) and Jorin van Amstel (2)
April 16-22 Daniel Patrice (1)
April 23-29 Antoine Duplantis (3)
April 30-May 6 Nick Kanavas (1)
May 7-13 Ari Sechopoulos (1)
May 14-20 Ari Sechopoulos (2)
May 21-27 Conrad Cornell (1)

Four-Year University Pitcher of the Week:

Week Player
Feb. 1-18 John Doxakis (1)
Feb. 19-25 Paul Kirkpatrick (1)
Feb. 26-March 4 Thomas Triantos (1)
March 5-11 Paul Kirkpatrick (2)
March 12-18 Isaiah Campbell (1)
March 19-25 Paul Kirkpatrick (3)
March 26-April 1 Eli Lingos (1)
April 2-8 Richard Brereton (1)
April 9-15 Christian Bokich (1)
April 16-22 John Doxakis (2)
April 23-29 Richard Brereton (2)
April 30-May 6 None
May 7-13 Isaiah Campbell (2)
May 14-20 John Doxakis (3)
May 21-27 John Doxakis (4)
May 28-June 3 John Doxakis (5) and Matteo Bocchi (1)
June 4-10 None
June 11-17 Matteo Bocchi (2)
June 18-24 Isaiah Campbell (3)

Only three rookies competed at four-year institutions, and none played much, so no awards will be given.

Two-Year University Player of the Week:

Week Player
Feb. 1-18 Martin Mužík (1)
Feb. 19-25 Martin Mužík (2)
Feb. 26-March 4 Martin Mužík (3)
March 5-11 Martin Červinka (1) and Martin Mužík (4)
March 12-18 Julian Rip (1)
March 19-25 Martin Červinka (2)
March 26-April 1 Martin Mužík (5)
April 2-8 Martin Mužík (6)
April 9-15 Bor Starc (1)
April 16-22 Julian Rip (2)
April 23-29 Martin Mužík (7)
April 30-May 6 Martin Mužík (8)
May 7-13 Martin Mužík (9)
May 14-20 Nolan Soliveres (1)

Two-Year Pitcher of the Week

Week Player
Feb. 1-18 Maurizio Andretta (1)
Feb. 19-25 Antoine Villard (1)
Feb. 26-March 4 None
March 5-11 Marius Balandis (1)
March 12-18 Nick Pantos (1)
March 19-25 Jan Nebenfuhr (1)
March 26-April 1 Nick Pantos (2)
April 2-8 Marius Balandis (2)
April 9-15 Nick Pantos (3)
April 16-22 Nick Pantos (4)
April 23-29 Nick Pantos (5)
April 30-May 6 Nick Pantos (6)
May 7-13 Nick Pantos (7)

Two-Year University Rookie of the Week:

Week Player
Feb. 1-18 Sammy Hackl (1)
Feb. 19-25 Martin Červinka (1)
Feb. 26-March 4 Martin Červinka (2)
March 5-11 Martin Červinka (3)
March 12-18 Nick Pantos (1)
March 19-25 Jan Nebenfuhr (2)
March 26-April 1 Nick Pantos (2)
April 2-8 Marius Balandis (1)
April 9-15 Bor Starc (1)
April 16-22 Nick Pantos (3)
April 23-29 Nick Pantos (4)
April 30-May 6 Nick Pantos (5)
May 7-13 Nick Pantos (6)

Tomorrow, we reveal our end-of-season awards. In the meantime, check out the full list of end-of-season updates:
Surnames A-C [link].
Surnames D-G [link].
Surnames H-K: [link].
Surnames L-P: [link].
Surnames R-S: [link].
Surnames T-Z: [link].

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Laos “Impressive” as Sri Lanka Wins at Asian Games

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The 2018 Asian Games are underway in Jakarta, and baseball returns for the seventh time with a record number of teams. Yesterday, we offered our thoughts on the preliminary round, which includes two nations making their Asian Games debut [link]. Since then, two results have come in, while we were also able to speak to Rajith Ratnayake of the Sri Lanka Baseball Association.

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In the first game on Aug. 21, Thailand pounded Laos 15-0, with the result the first-ever for Laos. This morning, the Asian neophytes were eliminated by Sri Lanka, but kept it close the entire game in a 15-10 result. The score read 5-4 after two before the Resplendent Isle made it 11-4 at the midway point. A three-run sixth and two-run seventh made it 11-10 before the Lankans pulled away late.

“We [did] not played with our best team [and] rested a few pitchers for tomorrow’s game,” noted Ratnayake. “But Laos is really impressive. They will be a threat to others within few years. As per the information received they have done their basics well.”

Sri Lanka will take on Thailand at 8 a.m. GMT on Aug. 23 for the right to join Pool B.

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“Tomorrow there will be a very good match,” explained Ratnayake. “Thailand will play with four players who are playing in USA. They came from there and played in East Asia Cup, too [as] Thailand lost to Philippine in the final. However, we are confident that we can win.”

We will have more from Jakarta tomorrow, with information available @ExtraInningsUK. Be sure to follow Sri Lanka @Slabsa1 and like them on Facebook for the inside scoop.

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European Baseball Players in American Education Final [T-Z]

Today, we give you the final nine of what turned out to be 74 players eligible for European national federations, many of whom were born in Europe and others who are dual citizens. The student-athletes represent 17 countries, more than 40 percent of European federations, and range from 17-24 in age.

Today we conclude with our final nine, with surnames from T-Z, who hail from France, Great Britain, Greece, and the Netherlands: Thomas Triantos, Charles Tsintolas, Jorin van Amstel, Timo van Lingen, Dylan Verdonk, Antoine Villard, Frédéric Walter, James Wood, and Nick Zouras. Also on the list is Coach Terrence Whittle, who has served as coach in Germany, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Tune in tomorrow for our postseason awards announcements and a list of our weekly awards.

Thomas Triantos, LHP (SO, Cal Poly State University [30-24], Calif.) [Bio]
BBvsPacificGame4Triantos had a rough season, never really establishing himself in the rotation or ‘pen, with his only noteworthy appearance a 5 2/3 inning start against Dartmouth on Mar. 23. He scattered five hits and a free pass and struck out four against the Big Green.

It was a disappointing season for the Greek-American, who was expected to play a big role for the Mustangs and instead finished with a 5.13 ERA and more walks (19) than strikeouts (18) in 33 1/3. Lingering effects from an injury likely affected his performance and Triantos should play an important role in 2019.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1GS, 3.2IP, 5H, 7ER, 4BB, 1K, 1HR
March 12-18 1G, 1.1IP, 1H, 2ER, BB, 2K
March 19-25 1GS, 5.2IP, 5H, 1ER, 1BB, 4K
March 26-April 1 1GS, 1IP, 3H, 1ER, 3BB, 1K
April 2-8 1G, 1H, 0ER, 1K
April 9-15 1GS, 2IP, 2H, 3ER, 2BB, 1K
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 2G, 2IP, 5H, 1ER, BB, 1K
April 30-May 6 1G, 4.1IP, 5H, 1ER, 2BB, 0K
May 7-13 1GS, 2.2IP, 4H, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
May 14-20 DNP
May 21-27 DNP

Charles Tsintolas, C (SO, George Washington University [32-26], D.C.) [Bio]
Tsintolas received only two at bats this spring, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout. His Colonials faced Poland’s Golubiewski between March 31 and April 1.

Jorin van Amstel, DH (1B-2B) (JR, Northwestern Oklahoma State University [24-25], Okla.) [Bio]
van AmstelVan Amstel had an excellent season for the Rangers, slashing .340/.392/.519 in 162 at bats, collecting 10 walks and six hit-by-pitches against 28 Ks. A massive week in mid-April had his average up to .385, but a 4-for-23 finish to the season dropped van Amstel’s torrid pace. Still, van Amstel was named Second Team All-Great American Conference for his efforts. The native of the Netherlands will have a final collegiate season to continue his rapid improvement (.256 in 2017).

Week Stats
March 5-11 4G, 4-for-14, 2R, 3B, 3RBI
March 12-18 3G, 3-for-11, R, HR, 4RBI, 3K, 2SF
March 19-25 2G, 1-for-7, R, RBI, 5K
March 26-April 1 4G, 5-for-14, 2R, RBI, BB, 3K, SF
April 2-8 1G, 2-for-4, RBI, 2B, CS
April 9-15 6G, 10-for-17, 8R, 4 2B, HR, 7RBI, 3BB, 2HBP, SB
April 16-22 4G, 2-for-14, R, RBI, 3K
April 23-29 2G, 2-for-9, 2K

Timo van Lingen, RHP (RS SO, Hutchinson Community College [39-22], Kan.) [Bio]
van-lingen.jpgVan Lingen saw action in only two games, both in mid-February, allowing three earned runs in one innings on three hits and two walks. The Dutch right-hander struck out one and will have to find a new club for 2019. 

 

 

Dylan Verdonk, RHP (SO, Seton Hall University [30-20-1], N.J.) [Bio]
VerdonkVerdonk did not pitch in the first few weeks of the season, but from that point on, usually saw action in one game a week, even drawing a start against NJIT on April 24. The appearance did not turn out well, but from that point on, Verdonk was almost untouchable, striking out 15 in his final seven innings, allowing only a single score on seven hits and two walks. The impressive performance brought his ERA to 6.35, but he struck out 25 in 17 frames, surrendering only six walks, likely buying the Netherlands native more playing time in 2018.

Week Stats
March 5-11 2G, 2IP, 0ER, 2K
March 12-18 1G, .2IP, 0ER, 1BB, 0K
March 19-25 1G, 2.1IP, 4H, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 1G, 1IP, 0ER, 2K
April 9-15 1G, 1IP, 1H, 3ER, 1BB, 1K
April 16-22 1G, 1IP, 4H, 3ER, 2K
April 23-29 1GS, 2IP, 4H, 4ER, 1BB, 3K
April 30-May 6 1G, 1IP, 0ER, 1K
May 7-13 2G, 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 6K
May 14-20 1G, 1IP, 2H, 0ER, 1BB, 2K
May 21-27 2G, 3IP, 4H, 1ER, 1BB, 6K

Antoine Villard, RHP (FR, Arizona Western Community College [13-8], Ariz.) [Bio]
Antonie VillardVillard, the third European on AWCC’s squad, saw infrequent action, appearing in 11 of the team’s 65 games and none in the final month of play. Villard was difficult to hit, but struggled with control, walking 11 and hitting two in 11 innings, though he did strike out 21 batters.

The French national teamer had a 3.77 ERA and will likely return for a second season with the Matadors.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1G, 1.1IP, 0ER, 1BB, 3K
March 12-18 2G, 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 1BB, 2K
March 19-25 1G, 2IP, 1H, 1ER, 3BB, 3K
March 26-April 1 1G, .1IP, 2H, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 1G, 2IP, 2H, 0ER, 3BB, 3K
April 23-29 DNP
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 DNP
May 14-20 DNP

Frédéric Walter, 3B (FR, Seminole State College [5-6], Okla.) [Bio]
Walter started four of the first seven games for the Trojans, but appeared in only three games after that and none after March 24. He was 1-for-16 (.063) with three runs and three strikeouts on the year. It is unclear what the French infielder’s future is with SCC.

James Wood, LHP (JR, Concord University [26-23], W.V.) [Bio]
WoodWood appeared in four games for the Mountain Lions, throwing a single inning roughly every two weeks. Unfortunately, the former Great Britain youth pitcher struggled in all but the first, permitting four earned runs on six hits and five walks, striking out three. In three years, he has pitched a total of five innings.

 

Nick Zouras, C (JR, Illinois State University [22-30], Ill.) [Bio]
ZourasZouras had a superb start to the campaign, going 14-for-32 in the first seven games, drilling two doubles and a pair of roundtrippers, but after back-to-back two-hit days on March 11 and 12 hit .169 the rest of the way. The Greek-American’s numbers finished at a serviceable .247/.306/.342, slightly down from the year before, though he also lost playing time behind the plate and threw out only 1-of-13 base thiefs. Zouras would still be a useful player at a key position were he to suit up for the Greek National Team.

Week Stats
March 5-11 4G, 5-for-16, 2R, 3 2B, 2RBI, 2BB, 3K
March 12-18 5G, 3-for-18, 3R, 2B, BB, 2K
March 19-25 2G, 0-for-7, HBP, K
March 26-April 1 3G, 2-for-9, 2R, BB, 3K
April 2-8 3G, 3-for-14, 2R, 2B, RBI, BB, K
April 9-15 5G, 4-for-18, 3R, 3B, 5RBI, 3K, SF
April 16-22 4G, 3-for-12, 4R, 2BB, 3K
April 23-29 2G, 1-for-7, RBI, 4K
April 30-May 6 1G, 1-for-3, R
May 7-13 1G, 0-for-2
May 14-20 1G, 0-for-3, R, RBI, BB, 2K, SAC
May 21-27 DNP

Coaches
Terrance Whittle, Head Coach (First Season, Stillman College [19-22], Ala.) [Bio]
Whittle.jpgThe Tigers overcame an 0-5 start and nine rainouts to finish a respectable 19-22, including 9-5 at home. The independent NAIA club had three players recognised for postseason awards, but it is unclear whether Whittle will return for 2019.

 

 

Stay tuned for our award winners tomorrow and catch up with our previous final updates:

Surnames A-C [link].
Surnames D-G [link].
Surnames H-K: [link].
Surnames L-P: [link].
Surnames R-S: [link].

All photos courtesy of the athletes’ institutions unless otherwise noted.

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Asian Games Begins with Two Debutantes

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With an Asian Games-record of 10 nations in the baseball competition, Laos, Sri Lanka, and Thailand face off in a preliminary round to determine which of the three will advance to face Asia’s top seven. Only Thailand has appeared on the diamond at the Games before and the nation brings much more baseball experience as well. No team other than South Korea, Taiwan, or Japan has ever won a medal at the Asian Games, but China’s six straight fourth-place finishes might be a possibility for the other teams.

First, however, the preliminary round has to crown a victor. The winner joins Japan, China, and Pakistan in Group B. Group B plays from 26-28 August, as does Group A, which includes Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. Mongolia was also originally meant to play in the preliminary round, but withdrew, and the Philippines has not sent a team since 2006, though it has competed in other sports. Other possible entrants Cambodia, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Nepal, and Singapore also elected not to send teams.

Laos is making its international baseball debut after its federation was founded only in 2014 and recognised by the WBSC in 2017. It does have Korean legend Lee Man-soo at the helm, but will face an uphill task as documented by Yonhap News [link].

Meanwhile, Thailand has dropped all the way to No. 56 in the world, falling roughly three spots a year for the last nine years. The 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifier selection has fared poorly in recent competitions, a second-place finish at the 2018 East Asia Baseball Cup notwithstanding.

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Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has risen to No. 40 in the world, jumping 12 places from 2017. This places the team in the company of Belarus, Ukraine, Hong Kong, and Indonesia, the latter two of which were selected for the main draw. Last year, Sri Lanka upset No. 24 (at the time) Pakistan 4-2 in the West Asia Cup final, though it dropped matches to Taiwan, Korea, the Philippines, and Pakistan, defeating only Hong Kong in the Asian Baseball Championship. It has since hired the former CEO of Sri Lanka Rugby [link] and competed for the first time in the Asian Little League Championship, where it lost all six of its games this year.

Interestingly, Group A looks to be the much more difficult group, with Korea and Taiwan all but assured of advancing, particularly considering both are fielding a large number of professionals. While Japan will almost certainly win Group B, it is entirely possible that the opening round victor could fend off China or Pakistan to advance to the medal round.

Box scores are unavailable for the tournament, but we will report scores @ExtraInningsUK.

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European Baseball Players in American Education Final [R-S]

On Saturday, we gave you the final season update for the first 15 (alphabetically) European baseball players in American Education [link]. Sunday, we broke down 11 more [link] and added 13 on Monday [link]. Our dozen today are eligible for the national federations Belgium, France, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Scotland, and Slovenia: Matthew Rienzi, Gabriel Rincónes Jr, Julian Rip, Conor Santoianni, Tim Schaareman, Brendan Scott, Ari Sechopoulos, Nolan Soliveres, Alex Sollecito, Matteo Sollecito, Bor Starc, and Joakim Svedheim.

Matthew Rienzi, RHP (SO, St. Joseph’s College-Brooklyn [7-28], N.Y.) [Bio]
RienziRienzi never really got going in the Bears’ abbreviated and weather-shortened season. Though he appeared in 10 games, he compiled only 8 1/3 innings and was rocked for eight earned run on 12 hits and six walks, sending seven down on strikes. In two years, the Polish hurler has a 7.85 ERA and 12-to-14 K-to-BB ratio in 18 1/3 frames.

Week Stats
March 5-11 2G, .1IP, 4H, 4ER, 1BB, 0K, 1HR
March 12-18 1G, .2IP, 1H, 0ER, K
March 19-25 1G, 1IP, 2H, 1ER, K
March 26-April 1 2G, 2.2IP, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
April 2-8 2G, .2IP, 1H, 1ER, 2BB, 0K
April 9-15 1G, 0IP, 0ER, 0K
April 16-22 3G, 2.2IP, 3H, 0ER, 3K
April 23-29 1G, .1IP, 1H, 2BB, 1BB, 0K

Gabriel Rincónes Jr, OF-RHP (HS JR, Plant High School [23-6], Fla.) [Bio]
RinconesRincónes had an up-and-down season with several scorching stretches, such as an 11-for-29, five extra-base hit span from March 2-22, and a 9-for-24, two homer stretch from April 12-May 1, sandwiched around a 0-for-10 mark in-between. The only Scot on our list had quite solid marks overall, though, slashing .299/.426/.480 with 11 walks and 19 strikeouts in 94 plate appearances, chipping in five stolen bases in 28 games. Though he is listed as a pitcher, Rincónes did not take the hill, starting in the outfielder in all but the season’s final game. Improved plate discipline in his final school year could entice university scouts to his blend of speed and power.

Week Stats
March 5-11 3G, 3-for-7, 3R, 2 2B, 3B, 2BB, HBP, K, SB
March 12-18 4G, 4-for-13, RBI, HBP, 5K, SB
March 19-25 2G, 3-for-6, 4R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI, HBP, 2K, 2SB
March 26-April 1 1G, 0-for-4, 2K
April 2-8 2G, 0-for-4, 2BB, K
April 9-15 2G, 1-for-4, BB, HBP, K
April 16-22 3G, 3-for-9, 3R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB, HBP
April 23-29 2G, 3-for-4, R, RBI, 2BB, HBP
April 30-May 6 2G, 2-for-7, R, HR, 2RBI, 3K
May 7-13 1G, 1-for-3, R, 2K
May 14-20 1G, 0-for-4, 1K
May 21-27 DNP

Julian Rip, OF (SO, Hutchinson Community College [39-22], Kan.) [Bio]
Julian-Rip-Sportprijs-VeldRip had a boom-or-bust season for the Blue Dragons, who advanced deep in to the Region VI Tournament and took advantage of the small ballparks of the Midwest, blasting nine home runs, third-most on the team. A significant portion of the damage coming in a nine-day span in April, during which he was 16-for-29 with six doubles, a triple, and two four-baggers, scoring 15 runs and driving in 17.

Rip’s biggest weakness was his plate discipline as he struck out a whopping 47 times in 118 at bats, drawing 16 walks (and 10 plunkings) despite the obvious power. His final line of .297/.415/.669 might appeal to scouts at a smaller four-year university, and it will be interested to see if Rip will appear for a Dutch team in the coming year.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1G, 1-for-3, 2R, BB, K
March 12-18 4G, 2-for-7, 5R, 2HR, 5RBI, BB, 4K, 3SB
March 19-25 4G, 4-for-12, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI, BB, 2K
March 26-April 1 2G, 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI, 2K
April 2-8 2G, 1-for-5, 2RBI, 3K
April 9-15 6G, 4-for-9, 2R, 4RBI, 3BB, 3K, CS
April 16-22 5G, 10-for-22, 12R, 5 2B, 3B, 2HR, 11RBI, 3BB, 7K, SB
April 23-29 4G, 2-for-9, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 3K
April 30-May 6 3G, 1-for-9, RBI, BB, 5K, SB
May 7-13 4G, 4-for-11, 5R, 3B, HR, 4RBI, 3BB, 3K
May 14-20 1G, 0-for-2, K

Conor Santoianni, OF (FR, Springfield University [23-14-2], Mass.) [Bio]

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Santoianni gradually accrued more playing time as the season went on, starting 11 games for the Pride. After starting his collegiate career 9-for-24, the Irish-American struggled in all but one of his remaining games, but still finished with a .241/.328/.259 line that offers promise going into his second season.

Week Stats
Feb. 26-March 4 DNP
March 5-11 1G, 2-for-3, 2B
March 12-18 5G, 4-for-11, R, 2RBI, BB, 2K
March 19-25 2G, 2-for-7, R, 2BB, 2K
March 26-April 1 4G, 1-for-16, RBI, 3BB, 6K
April 2-8 3G, 3-for-8, R, SB
April 9-15 2G, 0-for-2, 2K
April 16-22 2G, 0-for-4, BB, 2K
April 23-29 1G, 1-for-3
April 30-May 6 DNP

Tim Schaareman, SS (SR, Park University [22-20], Mo.) [Bio]
schaareman2.jpgSchaareman put together one of the best seasons of any European and was easily the most consistent, as virtually every box score saw the Dutch shortstop collect a hit and a run, often with a stolen base or extra base hit. He was never cold for more than a game or two, and had a 23-game hitting streak between the end of 2017 and the beginning of the spring. Overall, Schaareman had superb number, slashing .406/.468/.521 with 23 stolen bases, 18 walks, and only 23 whiffs in 165 at bats. He scored 44 runs in 42 games.

The only downside to Schaareman’s game was the 18 errors, which led to an .898 fielding percentage, roughly an average result defensively in the NAIA. Still, Schaareman was 11th in the NAIA in hits per game (1.6), tied for No. 26 in stolen bases per game (0.55), and in a draw for No. 33 in the nation in average, leading to a First-Team All-Conference selection.

Schaareman was superb in his three years for the Pirates, slashing .349/.418/.493 in 137 games, scoring 132 runs and swiping 48 bases. The infielder is clearly good enough to continue playing somewhere, but it remains to be seen whether he will suit up again, particularly for the loaded Netherlands national teams.

Week Stats
March 5-11 3G, 3-for-11, 2R, 2B, RBI, BB, 4K
March 12-18 6G, 9-for-25, 4R, 6RBI, 8K, SF, SAC, 7SB
March 19-25 5G, 8-for-17, 9R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI, 4BB, K, 4SB
March 26-April 1 3G, 5-for-11, R, 2B, 2RBI, 3BB, K, 2SB
April 2-8 3G, 6-for-14, 5R, 2B, 3RBI, SF, K, SB
April 9-15 3G, 8-for-15, 4R, 2 2B, HR, 4RBI, 2K, 2SB
April 16-22 3G, 5-for-14, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB, SO, 2SB
April 23-29 4G, 5-for-17, 4R, 2B, 2RBI, BB, 2K

Brendan Scott, SS-CF-RHP (HS JR, Queensbury H.S. [23-14-2], N.Y.) [Bio]
Scott played for New Jersey Class A champions, hitting a three-run triple in the championship game, but unfortunately, season stats are unavailable for the Irish-American.

Ari Sechopoulos, 1B (SO, College of Charleston [36-19], S.C.) [Bio]
SechopoulosSechopoulos had a fairly consistent season, with very few big or poor games, despite starting in only around 60 percent of the Cougars’ games. The first-sacker’s final line of .273/.370/.591 as a sophomore is quite promising, however, as does his solid defence (.991 fielding percentage). The Greek-American even pulled off a rare feat twice, hitting a home run and laying down a sacrifice bunt in the same game. Sechopoulos and Platt faced off between Mar. 30-Apr. 1 and would have met again had Platt stayed in the lineup, as the two faced off in the playoffs. Continued improvement (.259/.327/.439 in 2017) should see Sechopoulos cement a starting role for 2018.

Week Stats
March 5-11 2G, 2-for-4, 2R, 2K
March 12-18 3G, 1-for-6, R, HR, RBI
March 19-25 3G, 2-for-7, 2R, HR, 3RBI, BB, 3K, SAC, SB
March 26-April 1 3G, 2-for-9, R, 2 2B, RBI, BB, 3K, SAC
April 2-8 2G, 1-for-6, R, HR, 2RBI, SAC
April 9-15 2G, 2-for-6, R, HR, RBI, 3K, 2SAC
April 16-22 2G, 3-for-6, 2R, HR, RBI, BB
April 23-29 4G, 4-for-16, R, 2B, HBP, 5K, SB
April 30-May 6 3G, 3-for-9, 2R, 2RBI, 2 2B, BB, 6K
May 7-13 1G, 0-for-5, 4K
May 14-20 2G, 3-for-7, 1R, HR, 4RBI, BB
May 21-27 3G, 3-for-10, 3R, 2HR, 3RBI, 3BB, 2K

Nolan Soliveres, C (SO, Hillsborough Community College [32-25], Fla.) [Bio]
soliveres.jpgSoliveres was a teammate of the highest drafted member of a European national team, Aldrich de Jongh, who is not included on this list as we have grouped Caribbean-born prospects separately (mostly for reasons of size as the list would more than double). Soliveres played regularly in the first two weeks of the season, but received only six at bats between Feb. 25 and May 12, which could suggest an injury. Adding to that case is that Soliveres came back red-hot, starting three of the final four games in the Region VIII Tournament, including a massive 4-for-4, three-run, five-RBI performance versus Broward, against whom he hit his only roundtripper of the year. The Hawks were eliminated in regionals by the same team that ended Marius Balandis’ season, Chipola College.

Soliveres’ numbers in his second season with Hillsborough were solid, despite only seeing action in 15 games. The backstop slashed .300/.333/.400, scoring seven runs and driving in eight, though he did strike out 11 times in 40 at bats against only two walks. Perhaps more importantly, he threw out 6-of-14 baserunners (42.9 percent), almost twice the percentage of the team’s other two catchers.

Week Stats
March 5-11 DNP
March 12-18 1G, 1-for-4, 3K
March 19-25 1G, 0-for-1, K
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 DNP
April 30-May 6 1G, 0-for-1
May 7-13 DNP
May 14-20 3G, 5-for-11, 3R, HR, 4RBI, 2K, CS

Alex Sollecito, RHP-IF
No information is available for the younger of the Sollecito brothers.

Matteo Sollecito, RHP-SS-1B (JR, St. Peter’s Prep School [20-5], N.J.) [Bio]
Sollecito played sparingly in St. Peter’s run to the league title, which saw them ranked No. 26 in New Jersey. The Great Britain youth player pitched in five game, striking out 10 and walking nine in 14 1/3 frames, surrendering seven runs on 15 hits. Sollecito has one more year in school before attempting to continue his career.

Week Stats
March 26-April 1 1G, 2IP, 0ER, 2BB, 2K; 0-for-1, K as a batter
April 2-8 1G, 1.2IP, 2H, 2ER, 2BB, K
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 1G, 2H, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
April 23-29 1G, 4.2IP, 8H, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
April 30-May 6 1G, 0-for-1, RBI, BB as a batter
May 7-13 1GS, 5IP, 3H, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
May 14-20 DNP
May 21-27 DNP
May 28-June 3 DNP

Bor Starc, OF (FR, Clarendon Community College [6-1], Tx.) [Bio]
StarcIn an offensive league, Starc hit .302/.444/.488 with nine walks and 12 strikeouts in 43 at bats. The Slovenian did not draw a start in his 16 games for Clarendon, a team that hit .371/.464/.657 collectively.

Week Stats
March 5-11 DNP
March 12-18 DNP
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 0-for-2, K
April 2-8 2-for-7, 2B, 2R, 3RBI, BB, K
April 9-15 4-for-8, 3B, HR, 5R, 4RBI, 3BB, K
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 4-for-14, 2 2B, 3R, RBI, 2BB, 5K
April 30-May 6 2-for-6, 3RBI, K
May 7-13 0-for-2, RBI, 3BB, 2K

Joakim Svedheim, RHP (SO, Potomac State College [1-2], W.V.) [Bio]
Svedheim made only four appearances for PSC, but struck out a staggering 8-of-19 batters. In his 3 1/3 frames, he also allowed five runs on three hits and three walks, but the strikeout total might be intriguing enough for the Belgian to register interest elsewhere.

Week Stats
March 5-11 DNP
March 12-18 DNP
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 1G, 1IP, 0ER, 3K
April 23-29 1G, 1IP, 1H, 0ER, 1BB, 2K
April 30-May 6 1G, 1IP, 2H, 2ER, 1BB, 2K
May 7-13 DNP

Stay tuned for our next update tomorrow as we give you players surnamed T-Z. We will wrap up the day after with a list of our award winners.

All photos courtesy of the athletes’ institutions unless otherwise noted.

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European Baseball Players in American Education Final [L-P]

On Saturday, we gave you the final season update for the first 15 (alphabetically) European baseball players in American Education [link]. Sunday, we broke down 11 more [link]. Today, 14 additional athletes join the list in Eli Lingos, Alejandro Martín Pancorbo, Brian McAuliffe, Conor McNamara, Martin Mužík, Jan Nebenfuhr, Nick Niarchos, Martin Nicolay, Slater O’Brien, Nick Pantos, Andrew Papantonis, Daniel Patrice, Hayden Platt, and Axel Poesmans. These athletes represent Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, and Spain and include multiple athletes on our end-of-season awards list to be unveiled on Thursday.

Eli Lingos, LHP (SR, Arizona State University [23-32], Ariz.) [Bio]
LingosLingos was a reliable starter all season for the Sun Devils, peaking in a two-start stretch in late March in which he tossed 17 scoreless innings, scattering 11 hits and four walks, sending down 15 on strikes. Overall, the Greek-American finished with a 3.83 ERA and an excellent 2.36 BB/9, striking out 72 in 91 2/3 frames. In his four-year career, Lingos was 17-18 with a 4.21 ERA and 2.94 walks per nine over 66 games, including 42 starts. Though undrafted, Lingos would make for a nice No. 2 for Greece after Doxakis.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1GS, 7IP, 10H, 3ER, 3BB, 7K, HR
March 12-18 1GS, 7.2IP, 5H, 1ER, 3BB, 4K
March 19-25 1GS, 8IP, 5H, 0ER, 3BB, 8K
March 26-April 1 1GS, 9IP, 6H, 0ER, 1BB, 7K
April 2-8 1GS, 4.1IP, 9H, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
April 9-15 1GS, 6IP, 9H, 5ER, 1BB, 8K, HR
April 16-22 1GS, 6IP, 5H, 2ER, 1BB, 5K
April 23-29 1GS, 7IP, 13H, 6ER, 4BB, 2K, 2HR
April 30-May 6 1GS, 4IP, 8H, 3ER, 1BB, 0K
May 7-13 1GS, 6IP, 7H, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
May 14-20 1GS, 3.1IP, 6H, 6ER, 1BB, 0K, 2HR
May 21-27 1GS, 6IP, 3H, 0ER, 1BB, 6K

Alejandro Martín Pancorbo, RHP (HS SR, Sagemont H.S. [16-8], Fla.) [Bio]
Martín is a member of the Catalonian Baseball Federation and pitched regularly in his last year in high school, accumulating a 5.42 ERA in 31 innings, with a 38-to-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio, allowing 35 hits. Martín also had six plate appearances, going 2-for-4 with two runs, two walks, and one strikeout. The 6-1 (1.85m), 175 (79kg) pitcher will attend Nova Southeastern University in the autumn and plans to try out for the Sharks, who have produced big leaguers J.D. Martínez, Mike Fiers, Miles Mikolas, and Carlos Asuaje.

Brian McAuliffe, IF (SO, Denison University [32-12], Ohio) [Bio]
mcauliffe042817McAuliffe held down a starting role at the hot corner all season and finished with a respectable .248/.349/.393 batting line. Those numbers, however, were dramatically lower than his rookie year, when he saw infrequent playing time, but slashed .382/.493/.618. In 200 career at bats, McAuliffe has an excellent 30-to-40 BB-to-K ratio and will likely play a key role for a Denison squad that advanced to the NCAA DIII South Regional.

Week Stats
Feb. 26-March 4 3G, 5-for-13, 5R, 2B, 2RBI, BB, 4K
March 5-11 3G, 2-for-12, R, RBI, K
March 12-18 3G, 2-for-10, 3R, 3B, 2BB, 3K
March 19-25 5G, 5-for-14, 2R, 3 2B, 7RBI, 3BB, 6K
March 26-April 1 3G, 5-for-12, 4R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, BB, SB
April 2-8 3G, 4-for-15, 4 2B, 5RBI
April 9-15 3G, 2-for-6, R, 2B, RBI, K
April 16-22 4G, 2-for-14, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, BB, 2K
April 23-29 5G, 1-for-17, 3BB, 6RBI, SB
April 30-May 6 5G, 5-for-15, 6R, HR, 5RBI, 4BB, 4R
May 7-13 3G, 3-for-9, 2R, 2 2B, 4RBI, 3BB, K
May 14-20 2G, 0-for-6, RBI, 2K

Conor McNamara, RHP (SO, Marist College [27-23], N.Y.) [Bio]
McNamaraMcNamara made 13 starts and two relief appearances, giving the team plenty of innings (69 2/3), but struggling with the longball (12 homers, plus 14 doubles) and occasional control problems. Still, not many sophomores hold down rotation spots for DI programmes, and the 5.56 ERA and 43/22 K/BB ratio can be improved on. The Irish-American has made 19 starts in two seasons and should return to the Red Foxes’ rotation in 2019.

Week Stats
Feb. 19-25 2G, 1GS, 6.1IP, 10H, 8ER, 0BB, 7K, 2HR
Feb. 26-March 4 1GS, 4.2IP, 4H, 4ER, 4BB, 4K
March 5-11 DNP
March 12-18 2GS, 11.1IP, 16H, 8ER, 5BB, 8K, 2HR
March 19-25 1GS, 6.2IP, 3H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 2GS, 7.2IP, 6H, 3ER, 5BB, 2K, HR
April 9-15 1GS, 5.1IP, 5H, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR
April 16-22 1GS, 5.2IP, 7H, 1ER, 2BB, 3K
April 23-29 1GS, 4.1IP, 11H, 5ER, 0BB, 2K
April 30-May 6 1GS, 6IP, 6H, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
May 7-13 1GS, 4.1IP, 8H, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
May 14-20 1G, 2.1IP, 3H, 1ER, 1BB, 1K, HR
May 21-27 1GS, 5IP, 7H, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, 2HR

Martin Mužík, C-1B (SO, Wake Technical Community College [27-18-1], N.C.) [Bio]
muzik.jpgIt was another monstrous campaign for Mužík, the top European offensive prospect in education. After slashing .406/.482/.744 last year, the catcher and first baseman improved on each category. In 45 games and 150 at bats, Mužík hit .407, collected 10 doubles, 6 triples, and 12 roundtrippers (.793 slugging), scored 48 runs and drove in 56, and improved significantly on last year’s strong plate discipline with a 24-to-18 BB-to-K ratio (.497 OBP).

In two years and 93 games, Mužík came up with a .406/.489/.768 slash line with 61 extra base hits, 98 runs, 103 RBI, and 20 stolen bases. As if that was not enough, Mužík improved his numbers behind the dish, throwing out 22.7 percent of runners.

After the season, Mužík took home NJCAA Second Team All-American, First Team All-Region, and Wake Teach Athletic Director Award honours. An email inquiring as to whether Mužík received an offer from a four-year programme to Head Coach Eric Sibrizzi was unreturned, but Mužík has proved that he can hit at an elite level.

Week Stats
March 5-11 4G, 7-for-15, 5R, 2B, 3RBI, 2BB, K, SB
March 12-18 4G, 3-for-12, R, HR, 3RBI, 2BB, 2K, SB
March 19-25 2G, 0-for-4, RBI, BB, K
March 26-April 1 3G, 4-for-11, 2R, 3B, HR, 4RBI, BB, 2K
April 2-8 2G, 3-for-4, 4R, 2B, 3B, HR, 7RBI 5BB
April 9-15 3G, 2-for-8, 4R, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2BB, 2K, SB
April 16-22 5G, 7-for-18, 6R, 2 2B, HR, 8RBI, 2BB, K, SB
April 23-29 3G, 5-for-12, 4R, 2HR, 3RBI, 3BB, 3K
April 30-May 6 3G, 4-for-9, 4R, HR, 6RBI, 2BB, 2K
May 7-13 3G, 4-for-13, 2R, 3B, HR, 4RBI, BB, 4K, CS

Jan Nebenfuhr, RHP (FR, Arizona Western College [13-8], Ariz.) [Bio]
Jan NebenfuhrNebenfuhr only saw action in eight games this spring and pitched to only one batter after an excellent start on March 23, suggesting the Czech may have gone down with injury. The overall number show some promise, with 23 whiffs in 23 2/3 frames, but his 6.08 ERA and 4.27 BB/9 were the worst on the staff. Given a healthy season in 2019, however, Nebenfuhr should continue to get opportunities.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1G, 2.2IP, 4H, 2ER, 1BB, 3K
March 12-18 1GS, 4IP, 2H, 4ER, 2BB, 7K, 2HR
March 19-25 1GS, 7IP, 4H, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 1G, 0IP, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
April 23-29 DNP
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 DNP
May 14-20 DNP

Nick Niarchos, IF-RHP (JR, High Point University [34-22], N.C.) [Bio]
niarchos_nick_web.jpgNiarchos saw very little action until May, then appeared in three games in a span of 12 days. While the Greek-American’s ERA was good (2.70), he walked nine and surrendered eight hits, striking out only five. On Mar. 9, Niarchos also came in at third base as a reserve, responding with a 1-for-3 with a run, two RBI, and a sacrifice hit. In three years, Niarchos has pitched in 28 games with a 4.91 ERA in 33 innings and has gone 3-for-23 at the plate.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1G, .1IP, 1H, 0ER, 1BB, 0K
March 12-18 DNP
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 1G, 2IP, 1H, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 2G, 1.2IP, 2H, 0ER, 2BB, 0K
April 23-29 1G, .1IP, 0ER, 1BB, 0K
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 1G, 1IP, 2H, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
May 14-20 2G, 3.2IP, 2H, 1ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
May 21-27 DNP

Martin Nicolay, C (FR, Averett University [10-28], Va.) [Bio]
NicolayAfter a month on the bench, Nicolay finally made his university debut, but on the season had a mere three at bats and had only five defensive chances without an attempted baserunner. The Belgian backstop will hope for more action next spring.

Week Stats
March 5-11 DNP
March 12-18 1G, did not bat
March 19-25 1G, 0-for-1
March 26-April 1 1G, did not bat
April 2-8 1G, 0-for-2, K
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 DNP
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 DNP

Slater O’Brien, LHP (SO, Saint Joseph’s University [21-27], N.Y.) [Bio]
O'Brien.JPGAfter failing to take the mound in this rookie year, O’Brien pitched sparingly for the Hawks in his second campaign. After struggling in two early appearances, the Irish-American went three weeks without coming into a game and was hit hard again. However, O’Brien finished with two good outings in which he struck out three in 3 1/3 and surrendered a single hit. Overall, he had a 5.79 in 9 1/3 frames, walking 11 and whiffing five.

Week Stats
Feb. 19-25 DNP
Feb. 26-March 4 1G, 1IP, 2H, 2ER, 1BB, 0K
March 5-11 DNP
March 12-18 1G, 1IP, 0H, 2ER, 4BB, 1K
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 1G, 2IP, 3H, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 1G, 2.1IP, 1H, 0ER, 2BB, 1K
April 30-May 6 1G, 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 1BB, 2K
May 7-13 DNP

Nick Pantos, RHP (FR, NJCAA II No. 20 Frederick Community College [36-17], Md.) [Bio]
PantosPantos had a superb collegiate debut, nearly leading the Cougars to the Region XX title after a stellar season in which he punched out 90 in 67 frames and allowed a mere 39 hits with a 2.96 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. At one point, Pantos tossed 18 consecutive scoreless innings with a mere five hits and five base-on-balls and 26 Ks and in his final five starts had an ERA of 1.47 and 12.91 K/9.

Overall, the Greek-American struck out 12.09 per nine, 22nd in NJCAA DII, with high rankings in complete games (5, No. 5), shutouts (2, No. 7), wins (9, No. 14), strikeouts (No. 16), and ERA (36th), all of which earned him First Team All-Region honours. With a sophomore season as good as his first, Pantos has a chance to earn a scholarship to a top programme and would look splendid in a rotation beside Doxakis and Lingos.

Week Stats
March 5-11 2GS, 6.1IP, 10H, 6ER, 4BB, 11K, HR
March 12-18 1GS, 7IP, 2H, 1ER, 2BB, 7BB
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 2GS, 14IP, 9H, 6ER, 1BB, 20K, HR
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 1GS, 6.2IP, 4H, 2ER, 4BB, 9K
April 16-22 1GS, 6IP, 1H, 0ER, 3BB, 10K
April 23-29 1GS, 7IP, 2H, 0ER, 1BB, 6K
April 30-May 6 1GS, 5IP, 2H, 0ER, 1BB, 10K
May 7-13 1GS, 6IP, 3H, 3ER, 2BB, 9K

Andrew Papantonis, IF (FR, No. 18 University of Virginia [8-4], Va.) [Bio]
Papatonis_Andrew_18MPapantonis had his coming out party on Mar. 6 against Davidson, coming in as a pinch hitter and drilling a three-run homer, adding a single and a free pass. The Greek-American saw fairly regular action as a pinch hitter in the first half of the season, with a single start at shortstop. In the final seven weeks, Papantonis appeared in only two games, playing an inning apiece at short and second. On the whole, he was 4-for-16 with a double, triple, and four walks, striking out seven times.

Week Stats
March 5-11 2G, 2-for-3, R, HR, 3RBI, 2BB, K
March 12-18 2G, 0-for-3, BB, HBP, K
March 19-25 1G, 1-for-1
March 26-April 1 1G, 0-for-3
April 2-8 3G, 1-for-2, 2B, RBI, BB
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 1G, 0-for-1, K
April 23-29 DNP
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 DNP
May 14-20 1G, 0-for-1, K
May 21-27 DNP

Daniel Patrice, 1B-SS-P (JR, Thiel College [15-24], Pa.) [Bio]
CAC at spring training 3-9-17. (Photo by Ed Mailliard, Topps)Both the Tomcats and Patrice had poor starts to the season as Thiel was 2-8 while the French infielder was 3-for-19 with four errors in the field, but both righted the ship to some extent. Patrice was red-hot in April, slashing .375/.407/.521. Transitioning to first, Patrice drastically improved his defence over the course of the season and finished with a .292/.330/.443 line, a disappointment from 2017 when he hit .381 with a .930 OPS. He was an All-Conference Honourable Mention, though.

Patrice also saw three games on the mound, all in the season’s first fortnight, and was fairly solid, allowing two runs on seven hits and five walks in seven innings, striking out four. It is unclear why he did not pitch again.

Batting

Week Stats
March 5-11 6G, 3-for-19, R, 2B, RBI, BB, K
March 12-18 DNP
March 19-25 1G, 2-for-4, 2RBI
March 26-April 1 3G, 3-for-7, R, 3RBI, 2BB, K, SB
April 2-8 1G, 1-for-3, RBI
April 9-15 4G, 5-for-13, 5R, HR, RBI, 3BB, 3K
April 16-22 4G, 7-for-16, 3R, 3 2B, 2HR, 5RBI, SF
April 23-29 4G, 5-for-16, 2R, 2B, RBI, BB, SF
April 30-May 6 1G, 0-for-5
May 7-13 3G, 3-for-12, R, 2B, 4K

Pitching

Week Stats
March 5-11 2G, 6IP, 6H, 1ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
March 12-18 1G, 1IP, 1H, 1ER, 2BB, 0K
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 DNP
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 DNP

Hayden Platt, C (SR, Elon University [36-23], N.C.) [Bio]
PlattElon and Platt both had shaky starts, but only the Phoenix fully overcame them and it appears that one of Great Britain’s top catchers missed the last few weeks of the season with an injury. Platt was heating up late in the season as well, slashing .360/.500/.560 over his final eight games. The backstop did throw out a third of runners attempting to steal and committing a single error and four passed balls (.994 fielding). Platt finished with a .234/.370/.336 line, well down from 2017’s award-winning .311/.430/.557 mark and, after missing the 2018 Under-23 European Championship Qualifier, it is unclear if or when he will suit up for GB again.

Week Stats
March 5-11 4G, 3-for-10, 3R, 5RBI, HBP, 5BB, 3K, SF
March 12-18 3G, 4-for-10, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, BB, 3K, SAC
March 19-25 2G, 0-for-8, RBI, 4K
March 26-April 1 4G, 3-for-9, 2R, HR, RBI, BB, 3K
April 2-8 2G, 0-for-6, 2BB
April 9-15 4G, 1-for-9, 2B, RBI, BB, HBP, 5K
April 16-22 4G, 4-for-11, 2 2B, 6RBI, BB, HBP, 5K
April 23-29 3G, 2-for-10, 2R, 2RBI, 2BB, HBP
April 30-May 6 2G, 3-for-6, R, HR, 2RBI, BB, HBP
May 7-13 DNP
May 14-20 DNP
May 21-27 DNP

Axel Poesmans, C (SR, Mid-American Christian University [21-35], Okla.) [Bio]
poesmans_509_mbaPoesmans heated up as the season went on, starting in most of the Evangels’ last month of contests. His best performance, however, came in mid-March as he followed up a game with a single and a three-run homer by belting a pair of dingers the following day. A 1-for-9 slump as the calendar turned into April ended quickly, though, as the Belgian backstop finished the year starting almost every game and showing a knack for clutch hitting, both with run-scoring hits and a series of sacrifice bunts.

In the end, he slashed .274/.343/.403 with a 12/31 BB/K ratio and a team-leading six sacs. Poesmans threw out 15.2 percent of runners attempting to steal, though he was guilty of eight passed balls and four catcher interferences. It seems likely that, although his university career is over, we see Poesmans in a Belgian uniform in the future.

Week Stats
March 5-11 Had 2RBI, including a SF
March 12-18 Had 2-for-3, HR, 3RBI game and another with 2HR
March 19-25 2G, 4-for-6, 2 2B, RBI (some statistics missing)
March 26-April 1 3G, 1-for-5, K
April 2-8 2G, 0-for-4, R, BB, 2K
April 9-15 No games.
April 16-22 5G, 4-for-17, 3RBI, 3K, SAC
April 23-29 3G, 2-for-7, 2 2B, RBI, 2BB, 2K, 2SAC
April 30-May 6 4G, 5-for-14, 2B, 2RBI, BB, 2K, SAC

Stay tuned for our next update tomorrow as we give you players surnamed R-S.

All photos courtesy of the athletes’ institutions unless otherwise noted.

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European Baseball Players in American Education Final [H-K]

On Saturday, we gave you the final season update for the first 15 European baseball players in American Education [link]. Yesterday, we added 11 more [link]. Today, we break down the campaigns of Sammy Hackl, Daniel Harrington, Tobias Holmelund, Lukas Holub, Bart in den Kleef, Adam Jacques, Myles Janson, Martin Kalabek, Nick Kanavas, and Paul Kirkpatrick.

Sammy Hackl, C (FR, Arizona Western College [49-16], Ariz.) [Bio]
Sammy HacklHackl’s playing time lessened as the year went on, but the Austrian’s numbers did not. The highlight was a two-homer game against Scottsdale on April 10 and the final results were admirable: .269/.418/.449 with 16 walks and 22 strikeouts in 78 at bats. Hackl was solid behind the plate as well, throwing out 30 percent of runners and committing only one error (.994 fielding). With rifle-armed catcher Yodelvy Meréndez moving on, Hackl should see more playing time in 2019.

Week Stats
March 5-11 4G, 4-for-10, 2B, RBI, 2BB, K
March 12-18 3G, 2-for-7, 2B, 2RBI, BB, K
March 19-25 3G, 1-for-5, R, 2BB
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 1G, 0-for-1, BB, K
April 9-15 1G, 2-for-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI, K
April 16-22 2G, 2-for-9, 2B, 2RBI, 3K
April 23-29 2G, 1-for-7, 2RBI, BB, 2K
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 DNP
May 14-20 1G, 2-for-3, 2R, 2RBI

Daniel Harrington, RHRP (SO, Columbia University [20-30], N.Y.) [Bio]
HarringtonHarrington was often the first man out of the bullpen for Columbia and racked up 18 appearances, second on the team. The German righthander finished with a 4.66 ERA despite allowing 22 hits and 12 walks in 19 1/3 frames, whiffing only eight. Harrington has pitched in 30 games in two years, with differing results each year. This spring saw his ERA and opponents’ average much improved, but walks up and strikeout-rate in deterioration.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1G, 1.2IP, 3H, 0ER, 1BB, 0K
March 12-18 3G, 2.2IP, 2H, 1ER, 2BB, 0K
March 19-25 1G, 1.2IP, 3H, 1ER, 1K
March 26-April 1 1G, 1H, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
April 2-8 2G, 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 2BB, 0K
April 9-15 2G, 2.2IP, 3H, 0ER, 2K
April 16-22 1G, 2H, 0ER, 0K
April 23-29 1G, 2IP, 2H, 1ER, 2K
April 30-May 6 1G, 1.1IP, 1H, 0ER, 2BB, 1K
May 7-13 1G, .2IP, 4ER, 2BB, 0K
May 14-20 No games.
May 21-27 1G, .1IP, 0ER, 0K
May 28-June 3 1G, 1IP, 0ER, 1BB, 0K

Tobias Holmelund, 3B-1B-OF (FR, Potomac State College [35-11], W.V.) [Bio]
Tobias HolmelundHolmelund saw very limited action, appearing in only nine games with one start, but went 4-for-11 (.364) with four walks (.533 OBP) and four strikeouts, failing to see a chance in the field. The only Danish baseballer active in the U.S., Holmelund will hope for more chances to show off what appears to be a power swing in 2019

Week Stats
March 5-11 2G, 2-for-3, 3RBI, K
March 12-18 DNP
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 1G, 0-for-1
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 2G, 1-for-3, 2K
April 16-22 2G, 0-for-1, R, 2BB, K
April 23-29 DNP
April 30-May 6 1G, 1-for-2, 2R, 1BB, 2K
May 7-13 DNP

Lukas Holub, RHP (JR, Oklahoma Panhandle State University [25-32], Okla.) [Bio]
Holub made a single appearance, walking a batter and hitting another, throwing a wild pitch before being taken out. On Mar. 6 and Apr. 10, Holub’s Aggies played doubleheaders against NW Oklahoma State, which featured the Netherlands’s Jorin van Amstel, but Holub did not appear. It is unclear whether the Czech will return for his senior season. 

Bart in den Kleef, C (JR, University of Redlands [33-13], Calif.) [Bio]
In den KleefThe Dutch transfer saw action in only 18 games, but performed well, slashing .317/.423/.390 with excellent plate discipline (seven walks, eight strikeouts). His best game was a 2-for-4, four-RBI game against Dickinson on Mar. 14 in which he also walked. In den Kleef was flawless in 39 chances and threw 1-of-4 baserunners out behind the dish. The backstop certainly showed enough to warrant more playing time next year.

Week Stats
March 5-11 3G, 1-for-6, R, RBI, 2K
March 12-18 4G, 6-for-12, 4R, 2B, 7RBI, BB, K
March 19-25 2G, 1-for-6, 2B, BB, K
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 1G, 1-for-4, R, BB, 2K
April 9-15 2G, 1-for-3, BB
April 16-22 No games.
April 23-29 1G, 1-for-3, BB
April 30-May 6 1G, 0-for-0
May 7-13 No games.
May 14-20 DNP

Adam Jacques, SS (HS JR, Interlake HS [8-12], Wash.) [Bio]
Easily one of the strangest draft picks, Jacques was born in the Czech Republic and played youth baseball there. Jacques slashed .173/.358/.250 at a small Washington HS, but was still taken in 38th Round by the Reds. Jacques did have a .970 fielding percentage. It does not appear he signed, so Jacques will play for Tacoma CC in 2019.

Week Stats
March 12-18 3G, 1-for-6, R, 2RBI, 3BB,
March 19-25 3G, 3-for-9, 3R, RBI, 2BB,
March 26-April 1 2G, 0-for-5, 2BB, 2K,
April 2-8 3G, 3-for-11, 2R, 2B, BB, 2K, SAC
April 9-15 3G, 0-for-7, 2R, RBI, 3BB, 3K
April 16-22 3G, 1-for-7, RBI
April 23-29 3G, 1-for-7, 2R, HR, 2RBI, 3BB, K

Myles Janson, RHP-OF (HS JR, John Carroll HS [21-7], Md.) [Bio]
JansonMyles played only sparingly as he battled a finger injury, but impressed with velocity that sat 82-83, with a few pitches around 90. In total, he struck out three and walked five in 2 2/3 frames and went 1-for-2 with a walk at the plate.

Week Stats
March 5-11 DNP
March 12-18 DNP
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 1G, 1-for-1, R, 2RBI as a batter
April 2-8 1G, 1.2IP, 1H, 2ER, 5BB, 2K & 0-for-1 as a batter
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 DNP
April 30-May 6 1G, 1IP, 2H, 0ER, 1K
May 7-13 0-for-0, BB as a batter
May 14-20 DNP

Martin Kalabek, RHP (FR, Columbia College [33-16], Mo.) [Bio]
Kalabek did not pitch this season.

Nick Kanavas, OF (RS-SR, Kent State University [40-18], Ohio) [Bio]
Kanavas had an incredible final university season, helping Kent State to the MAC Title and earning First Team All-Conference after hitting .358 with 28 walks, 54 runs, and 20 stolen bases in 57 games. The Greek-American’s average was No. 74 in NCAA DI. Kanavas’ best games were on back-to-back days against Bowling Green, when the rightfielder had four singles, stole a base, and scored three runs on May 5, unleashing a pair of doubles and two singles a day later, swiping another base. Kanavas was not drafted and has not signed with a club, but would be a top bat for Greece as it attempts to break into Europe’s top tier.

Week Stats
March 5-11 3G, 3-for-10, 3R, HR, 2RBI, 2BB, 2K, CS
March 12-18 3G, 6-for-12, 5R, 2B, RBI, 2BB, 2K, 3SB
March 19-25 4G, 2-for-15, 2R, RBI, BB, 3K, 3SB
March 26-April 1 5G, 8-for-22, 6R, 2RBI, 3BB, 4K, SB, 2CS
April 2-8 3G, 4-for-14, 3R, 3RBI, 2BB, 5K
April 9-15 5G, 9-for-20, 5R, 2B, 3RBI, 3BB, 2K, SB
April 16-22 4G, 8-for-15, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, 3BB, 3SB
April 23-29 4G, 5-for-14, 5R, 2B, RBI, 3BB, K, 2SB
April 30-May 6 5G, 11-for-22, 6R, 3 2B, 4RBI, 3K, 2SB
May 7-13 3G, 2-for-11, 3R, RBI, BB, K
May 14-20 3G, 3-for-11, 3R, RBI, 2BB, 2K
May 21-27 3G, 2-for-11, 3R, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB, 3K, SB, CS
May 28-June 3 3G, 4-for-11, 3R, HR, RBI, 2BB, 2K

Paul Kirkpatrick, RHP (SR, Western Kentucky University [21-31], Ky.) [Bio]
KirkpatrickKirkpatrick had a tale of two seasons, recording a 3.09 ERA with three walks and a single home run with 31 strikeouts in his first 35 innings over six starts and one relief appearance, culminating with a superb nine-inning shutout at Rice University on March 25. Kirkpatrick struck out seven in the gem, walked none, and surrendered only four hits.

In the second half of the campaign, however, the Great Britain hurler, lasted only 28 1/3 innings over eight starts and was blasted for 29 runs (9.21 ERA) on 48 hits and 12 walks, though he did strike out 27. Western Kentucky’s season mirrored its Sunday starter’s as the Hilltoppers were 12-11 after the Rice gem and 9-20 after.

Kirkpatrick finished with a 5.68 ERA over 63 1/3 frames, walking only 15 and whiffing 58, dropping his career run mark to 6.67 and running his strikeout total to 92 in 133 2/3 innings in his career. The righty will continue to suit up for Britain now that his collegiate career is over.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1GS, 9IP, 7H, 3ER, BB, 11K
March 12-18 1GS, 3.2IP, 7H, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
March 19-25 1GS, 9IP, 4H, 0ER, 0BB, 7K
March 26-April 1 1GS, 4IP, 7H, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
April 2-8 1GS, 2.2IP, 8H, 5ER, 2BB, 2K
April 9-15 1GS, 5.1IP, 9H, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
April 16-22 1GS, 3.2IP, 8H, 5ER, BB, 2K
April 23-29 1GS, 1IP, 5H, 5ER, 2BB
April 30-May 6 1GS, 2IP, 1H, 1ER, 2BB, K, HR
May 7-13 1GS, 5.1IP, 5H, 4ER, 2BB, 8K, 2HR
May 14-20 1GS, 4.1IP, 5H, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR

Stay tuned for our next update tomorrow as we give you players surnamed L-P.

All photos courtesy of the athletes’ institutions unless otherwise noted.

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European Baseball Players in American Education Final [D-G]

Yesterday, we gave you the final season update for the first 15 European baseball players in American Education [link]. Today, we unveil the next nine: Mikołaj Dąbrowski, Kevin Desmedt, Pat Devenney, John Doxakis, Max Draijer, Victor Draijer, Antoine Duplantis, Luke Duris, Cyprien Dussenne, Brendan Galvin, and Dominic Golubiewski.

Mikołaj Dąbrowski, RHP-IF (JR, Carnegie Schools-Riverside [19-3], Calif.) [Bio]
DabrowskiIt appears that Dąbrowski appeared in only half of CSR’s games this spring, but put up superb numbers as both a pitcher and infielder. On the hill, he struck out 14 and walked only one in 10 1/3 innings, surrendering a single run on 10 hits. Dąbrowski also slashed .312/.389/.375 in 18 plate appearances and did not strike out after the season’s first day. Unfortunately, statistics are missing from quite a few of the team’s games.

Pitching

Week Stats
March 5-11 1G, 1IP, 0ER, 1K
March 12-18 DNP
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 1G, 2IP, 2H, 0ER, 3K
April 2-8 1G, 4IP, 4H, 0ER, 1BB, 4K
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 1G, 2IP, 1H, 0ER, HBP, 5K
April 23-29 1.1IP, 3H, 1ER, 1K

Batting

Week Stats
March 5-11 3G, 1-for-1, 3R, 2B, RBI
March 12-18 DNP
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 2G, 1-for-3, RBI
April 2-8 1G, 2-for-3, 2R, 2RBI, SB
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 1G, 1-for-2, 2R, BB, SB
April 23-29 2G, 0-for-1, BB

Kevin Desmedt, RHP (SO, No. 9 University of Northwestern Ohio [43-20], Ohio) [Bio]
DesmedtDesmedt’s UNOH side kept getting better as the season went on, advancing all the way to the NAIA World Series, but the Belgian right-hander did not pitch in the postseason. Desmedt got into only six games on the season, allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk in 5 1/3 frames, striking out two. After transferring to the Racers for the 2017-18 campaign, it remains to be seen whether Desmedt will remain with UNOH next year.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1G, 1.2IP, 2H, 1ER, 1BB, 1K
March 12-18 DNP
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 1G, .2IP, 4H, 1ER, 0K
April 9-15 1G, .1IP, 0ER, 0K
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 1G, 1IP, 1H, 1ER, 0K
April 30-May 6 1G, .2IP, 1H, 0ER, 0K
May 7-13 DNP
May 14-20 DNP
May 21-27 DNP
May 28-June 3 DNP

Pat Devenney, 2B (SR, Immaculata University [13-19], Fla.) [Bio]
Devenney2.jpgDevenney had a rollercoaster season, starting 1-for-14 before going 11-for-31, struggling through an 2-for-20 slump, and finishing 8-for-27. All told, the Irish-American slashed .242/.313/.297 to finish his collegiate career at .239/.337/.297.

Week Stats
Feb. 19-25 2G, 0-for-7, 3K
Feb. 26-March 4 2G, 1-for-7, R, 2RBI, K, 2SAC
March 5-11 5G, 5-for-11, 4R, 2B, 2RBI, 4BB, HBP, SF, CS
March 12-18 2, 2-for-5, 3R, 2 2B, 4RBI, 3BB, 2K
March 19-25 No games
March 26-April 1 1G, 1-for-4
April 2-8 3G, 3-for-10, RBI, 2B, BB, K
April 9-15 4G, 2-for-16, 3K, CS
April 16-22 1G, 0-for-4, RBI
April 23-29 3G, 6-for-12, R, 5RBI, K
April 30-May 6 4G, 2-for-15, R, 3RBI, BB

John Doxakis, RHP (SO, Texas A&M University [40-21], Tex.) [Bio]
DoxakisDoxakis put the Aggies on his back with an excellent season that concluded with a pair of superb postseason starts. In the SEC Tournament, Doxakis drew the start against No. 21 Auburn and tossed an absolute gem, striking out 10 in 7 1/3 innings and allowing only two hits. A week later, TAMU was placed in the Austin NCAA Regional and Doxakis drew the start in the opening game, turning in another incredible performance, whiffing a career-high 12 in six frames against Indiana. The Greek-American surrendered a single unearned run on one hit and two walks.

In only his second season in university, Doxakis led the Aggies in most pitching categories, totalling a 2.70 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 8.87 K/9, and a .212 batting average against. In two years, the righty has now struck out 143 in 142 1/3 frames with batters hitting only .221 against him. Should Greece succeed in recruiting him, Doxakis would instantly become one of Europe’s most promising young arms.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1GS, 7IP, 5H 0ER, 4K
March 12-18 1GS, 5IP, 4H, 3ER, 3BB, K, HR
March 19-25 1GS, 6.2IP, 8H, 1ER, 7K
March 26-April 1 1GS, 6IP, 8H, 3ER, 2BB, 7K
April 2-8 1GS, 8IP, 6H, 2ER, 4BB, 5K, HR
April 9-15 1GS, 5IP, 5H, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
April 16-22 1GS, 7IP, 4H, 0ER, 1BB, 2K
April 23-29 1GS, 3IP, 8H, 6ER, 3K
April 30-May 6 1GS, 5IP, 3H, 3ER, 4BB, 5K
May 7-13 1GS, 6.1IP, 5H, 3ER, 4BB, 7K
May 14-20 1GS, 5.2IP, 6H, 1ER, 3BB, 6K
May 21-27 1GS, 7.1IP, 2H, 1ER, 10K
May 28-June 3 1GS, 6IP, 1H, 0ER, 2BB, 12K

Max Draijer, IF (JR, Lewis-Clark State College [40-13], Ida.) [Bio]
DraijerDraijer had a very hot stretch in early March, going 10-for-24 (.417) with seven walks over eight games between March 7-18, but missed time later in the month and then played sparingly, missing the rest of the season after April 14. There is no release to say whether Draijer was injured or released, but the Warriors advanced all the way to the NAIA World Series, which they host, but came two wins short of another crown. Overall slash line of .238/.396/.350 with 18 walks and 15 strikeouts is intriguing enough that he may get another shot.

Week Stats
March 5-11 6G, 6-for-17, 8R, 2B, HR, 5RBI, 7BB, 2K
March 12-18 3G, 4-for-10, 6R, 3 2B, 4RBI, 2BB, 1K
March 19-25 3G, 1-for-10, RBI, 3K
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 1G, 0-for-3, 2K, SAC
April 9-15 3G, 0-for-3, R, RBI, 3BB
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 DNP
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 DNP
May 14-20 DNP
May 21-27 DNP
May 28-June 3 DNP

Victor Draijer, OF (GR, Ouachita Baptist University [15-35], Ark.) [Bio]
DraijerVictorA rare postgraduate student on a baseball roster, Draijer played infrequently in the season’s early going, but started regularly in the final six weeks of the season. The outfielder seized the opportunity, hitting .306 in his final 14 games. His season totals of .243/.367/.311 were middle of the pack for the Tigers, which had losing streaks of eight and 15.

Ouachita Baptist’s 5-4 win over Lyon College (Ark.) on Feb. 13 marked the first time this season two European nationals faced each other, as Lyon’s Brandon Giribaldie, a native of Willemstad, Curaçao played second and went 2-for-3 with a walk. The two clubs clash again on Mar. 20.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1G, 0-for-1
March 12-18 1G, 0-for-2, 2K
March 19-25 3G, 3-for-11, R, 2B, 2BB, 3K
March 26-April 1 2G, 1-for-6, R, 2RBI, BB, 3K
April 2-8 1G, 0-for-1, K
April 9-15 3G, 3-for-5, 2R, 2RBI, 2B, 3BB, K
April 16-22 3G, 2-for-8, 2RBI, 2B, 2BB, 4K
April 23-29 3G, 3-for-10, R, 2B, BB, 3K

Antoine Duplantis, OF (JR, Louisiana State University [39-27], La.) [Bio]

Antoine Duplantis, The Advocate

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The highest member of this list to be drafted, Duplantis had an excellent third season for the Tigers, leading the team in average (.328), runs (55), (triples 6), total bases (120), and stolen bases (19). The Swedish national teamer had an on-base percentage of .381 while slugging .443 as the Tigers advanced all the way to the Corvallis, Ore. NCAA Regional.

On April 6, Duplantis was also the only hitter on our list who faced a listed pitcher, going 2-for-3 with a double, run, and a walk against Doxakis in 9-2 LSU loss. The rightfielder was at his best in the SEC Tournament, going 10-for-25 with three extra-base hits and eight runs in six games, driving in five. Duplantis dropped all the way to the Indians in the 19th Round and, as we noted at the time [link], was unlikely to sign considering his excellent pre-draft ranking (No.139). It would appear Duplantis did not ink a pro contract and will return to LSU as one of the top contact hitters in the SEC.

Week Stats
March 5-11 5G, 2-for-20, 4R, 2B, 2RBI, BB, HBP, K, 2SB
March 12-18 4G, 5-for-16, 2R, 3RBI, BB, 3K, SAC, SF
March 19-25 4G, 7-for-17, 2R, HR, 4RBI, BB, HBP, 6K, 4SB, CS
March 26-April 1 4G, 5-for-16, R, RBI, 2BB, 2K, SB
April 2-8 4G, 8-for-16, 2R, 3 2B, 4RBI, BB, CS
April 9-15 4G, 8-for-17, 5R, 2B, 6RBI, HBP, SB
April 16-22 4G, 4-for-17, 3R, 2B, RBI, BB, HBP, K, 2SB
April 23-29 5G, 8-for-23, 5R, 3B, 4RBI, BB, 3K, SF, SB
April 30-May 6 3G, 5-for-14, 4R, 2B, RBI, 2K, CS
May 7-13 4G, 4-for-17, 6R, 2B, 3RBI, 2SB
May 14-20 5G, 5-for-21, 4R, 2B, 3RBI, BB, 5K, 2SB
May 21-27 5G, 9-for-21, 7R, 2B, 3B, 5RBI, BB, 2K, SB, 3CS
May 28-June 3 3G, 3-for-11, R, 2B, RBI, BB, HBP, 2K, SB
June 3-9 2G, 1-for-9, 2R, BB, 2K, SB, CS

Luke Duris, RHP (JR, Haverford College [17-19], Penn.) [Bio]
DurisHaverford had a rollercoaster season, losing its first seven games and then winning its next seven. Duris had a similar season himself, turning in excellent starts against NCAA DIII Atlantic No. 3 Rowan (6 2/3 innings, five hits, two earned runs, three walks, six strikeouts) and Swarthmore, who advanced deep into the DIII postseason (five innings, five hits, two earned runs, four walks, three Ks), but was rocked on several occasions. In the end, he finished with a 4.50 ERA in seven starts and 36 innings, walking 27 and striking out 26. Duris has pitched for France in three different age categories and will have one more collegiate season to prepare himself for a potential WBC roster.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1GS, 3.1IP, 5H, 7ER, 5BB, 4K, 2HR
March 12-18 1GS, 7IP, 3H, 2ER, 4BB, 5K
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 1GS, 6.2IP, 5H, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
April 2-8 1GS, 7IP, 2H, 0ER, 3BB, 4K
April 9-15 1GS, 3.1IP, 5H, 5ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 1GS, 5IP, 5H, 2ER, 4BB, 3K

Cyprien Dussenne, RHP (SO, Crowder College [46-15], Mo.) [Bio]
Dussenne did not pitch this spring as Crowder advanced to the Region XVI Championship game. Unless a redshirt season has been sought, the Belgian will have to ply his trade at a four-year university in 2018-19.

Brendan Galvin, C (SO, Princeton University [10-27], N.J.) [Bio]
Galvin sat on the bench for the first five weeks of the season, but had more action in the final fortnight. The Irish-American finished strong, going 6-for-14 in his last five games, drawing three starts. Overall, Galvin hit .412 with no extra base hits or walks in 17 at bats, striking out seven times.

Week Stats
Feb. 26-March 4 DNP
March 5-11 DNP
March 12-18 DNP
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 1G, 0-for-1, K
April 9-15 2G, 1-for-2, R, K
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 3G, 3-for-6, R, 3K
April 30-May 6 2G, 3-for-8, 2K

 

Dominic Golubiewski, RHRP (SR, University of Dayton [21-31], Ohio) [Bio]
GolubiewskiGolubiewski pitched sparingly and not at all in the season’s first month, totalling three innings over five games, during which he allowed four hits, three earned runs, three walks and two strikeouts. After pitching at three universities, the Polish star’s collegiate career is over, but he seems likely to pop up on a future roster for his nation.

Week Stats
March 5-11 DNP
March 12-18 DNP
March 19-25 1G, .1IP, 0ER, 0K
March 26-April 1 1G, 1IP, 2H, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 1G, .1IP, 0ER, 1BB, 0K
April 23-29 1G, 1IP, 2H, 1ER, 2K
April 30-May 6 1G, .1IP, 0ER, 0K
May 7-13 DNP
May 14-20 DNP

Stay tuned for our next update tomorrow as we give you players surnamed H-K.

All photos courtesy of the athletes’ institutions unless otherwise noted.

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European Baseball Players in American Education Final [A-C]

14889957_352433501772517_7507866980619361528_oThis spring, we began what turned out to be an ambitious project to follow the seasons of Europeans and Americans eligible to play for European countries in their spring seasons at American universities and high schools. We started with a list of several dozen, but discovered more and had many names submitted by national federations and parents. The list now numbers 66, including six commitments for upcoming seasons.

We broke down the group into various categories, including national federation, level of play, position, and year in education in our previous updates, available here: Part I Part II Part III. Great Britain, Greece, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic had, by far, more players than elsewhere, while the various levels included eight high schoolers, 17 in junior college (a two-year university that cannot grant a bachelor’s degree), and 42 at four-year institutions. Catchers were particularly well-represented, with 11 donning the tools of ignorance, plus 30 pitchers, most of whom (25) were right-handed.

We attempted to for a few weeks to give regular updates, but as the number grew, so did the hours it took to write quick synopses of each player’s week. This, combined with personnel changes at Extra Innings, meant we had to put this on the backburner. The good news now, though, is that we are back with a full update, picking up where we left off and offering relevant statistics for each player for every week of his season.

With 66 players to cover, we decided to bring down this mammoth final update into Updatemanageable pieces and will have around 10 players a day for the next week, culminating in a list of our weekly awards, given retroactively, plus our first-ever European American University All-Star Team! The full list of players can be seen at the links above, while the graph to the right gives an idea of the schedule.

Let us know what you think and be sure to continue submitting eligible players.

2018 Europeans in American Education

Maurizio Andretta, LHP (FR, Clarendon College [34-20], Tx.) [Bio]
AndrettaAndretta showed significant promise in the first two months of the season before succumbing to what appears to have been a season-ending injury. The Italian southpaw finished with a team-leading 4.35 ERA, an exceptionally impressive number considering the Bulldog pitching had an 8.11 ERA, well below their opponents’ 10.84 mark.

Andretta struck out a whopping 60 in 41 1/3 innings and was 7-0 in his nine starts. Given that Clarendon hit 95 home runs in 54 games, his 10 home runs allowed are clearly a product of his environment. Had Andretta pitched enough innings to qualify, he would have led NJCAA Region V in strikeouts per nine (and been No. 16 in the nation) and finished No. 18 in ERA.

A sophomore season of similar quality should see offers from four-year universities to continue his career, and with Clarendon nestled in one of the top NCAA DI regions, Andretta may have a chance at attending one.

Week Stats
March 5-11 2G, 8IP, 7H, 3ER, 6BB, 11K, 2HR
March 12-18 1G, 6IP, 7H, 5ER, 2 BB, 10K, 2HR
March 19-25 1 G, 5.2IP, 8H, 5ER, 2BB, 8K, 4HR
March 26-April 1 1G, 5IP, 8H, 1ER, 1BB, 7K, 1HR
April 2-8 1G, 4.2IP, 2H, 2ER, 6BB, 7K
April 9-15 1G, 5IP, 2H, 1ER, 3BB, 5K, 1HR
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 DNP
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 DNP

Jerremyh Angela, LHRP (SR, RV LSU-Shreveport (40-22), La.) [Bio]
AngelaAfter seeing fairly regular action in the season’s early weeks, Angela went more than a month without getting into a game and then pitched only four times in the season’s final six weeks. Control was a major issue for the southpaw, who walked 18 and struck out seven in 11 1/3 innings, finishing with a 6.35 ERA in his final season at university. This is almost certainly the end of the road for Angela’s U.S. career.

Week Stats
March 5-11 DNP
March 12-18 DNP
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 1G, 1IP, 0ER, 1BB
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 1G, 1.1IP, 0H, 2ER, 4BB, 1K
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 1G, 4IP, 9H, 10R, 5ER, 7BB, 3K
May 14-20 1G, .2IP, 0ER

Thomas Armstrong, RHP (FR, Point Park University JV, Pa.) [Bio]

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Armstrong’s JV side was 0-3-1 on the season, with five games postponed, and full statistics are not available. Armstrong was the only freshman on the team and pitched in every game, racking up a whopping 16 strikeouts.

Marius Balandis, RHP (FR, Iowa Western Community College [54-7], Ia.) [Bio]
BalandisBalandis had an incredible freshman year for the Reivers, sticking in the starting rotation until the postseason and finishing with a 6-1 record, 3.72 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 9.78 K/9. The Lithuanian struck out 42 in 38 2/3, while allowing only 32 hits and a single home run and was named Honourable Mention All-Region. The dinger, alas, came in the JuCo World Series in a heart-breaking 14-13, 10-inning loss to defending national champions Chipola College. IWCC finished the year 54-7, though, and Balandis will assuredly play a significant role in 2019 squad.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1GS, 4IP, 1H, 0ER, 1BB, 6K
March 12-18 1GS, 5IP, 7H, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 1GS, 2IP, 3H, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
April 2-8 1GS, 3IP, 1H, 0ER, 3BB, 4K
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 1GS, 4IP, 3H, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
April 23-29 1GS, 4IP, 4H, 2ER, 1BB, 4K
April 30-May 6 2G, 1GS, 5IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, 6K
May 7-13 DNP
May 14-20 DNP
May 21-27 DNP
May 28-June 3 1G, 2.1IP, 2H, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, 1HR

Matteo Bocchi, RHP (JR, No. 14 University of Texas [42-23], Tx.) [Bio]
BocchiAfter struggling with his control in the first few weeks of the season, Bocchi improved significantly and, by the postseason, was pitching high leverage innings. Bocchi had six strikeouts in game one of the Super Regional, a personal best, before earning the start in game three of the Super Regional, scattering five baserunners over five one-run innings, whiffing three. As Texas concluded its season at the College World Series, Bocchi tossed a scoreless inning over Arkansas, finishing with a 1.00 ERA and nine strikeouts in nine postseason innings.

Overall, the Italian went 3-1 with a 3.34 ERA and .250 opponents’ batting average, striking out 8.63 per nine, though he did have a 5.57 BB/9. After relieving in 16 games and starting three, Bocchi will likely be under consideration for a bigger role in 2019, his last year at university.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1G, 1IP, 2H, 1ER, 1BB, 1K
March 12-18 1G, 1H, 0ER, 1BB
March 19-25 1G, 1.1IP, 0ER, 1BB, 3K
March 26-April 1 3G, 4.2IP, 5H, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 2G, 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 2BB, 1K
April 16-22 2G, 5IP, 5H, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, 2HR
April 23-29 2G, .2IP, 0ER, 1K
April 30-May 6 2G, .2IP, 4H, 3ER, 1BB
May 7-13 DNP
May 14-20 1G, 1GS, 4IP, 5H, 1ER, 5K
May 21-27 1G, 1GS, 3.1IP, 2H, 2ER, 4BB, 2K
May 28-June 3 1G, 3IP, 1H, 0ER, 6K
June 4-10 DNP
June 11-17 1G, 1GS, 5IP, 4H, 1ER, 1BB, 3K
June 18-24 1G, 1IP, 1H, 0ER

Christian Bokich, RHP (RS SR, Lee University [27-26], Tenn.) [Bio]
bokich.jpgThe highlight of the Serbian-American’s season was six innings of no-hit relief against Trevecca Nazarene on 10 April. Bokich struck out eight and walked two, needing only 72 pitches to get from the second to the seventh frame, earning his second win in the process.

Overall in eight games, five starts, Bokich had a 4.35 ERA and struck out 21 batters in 20 2/3, while opponents hit .262 against him. The righty finished his career with the Flames with a 5.87 ERA and 8.51 K/9 in 61 1/3 innings. It is quite likely his next appearance will be for Serbia in the 2019 European B-Pool Championship.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1G, 1GS, 5IP, 3H, 0ER, 4K
March 12-18 DNP
March 19-25 1G, 2IP, 2H, 0ER, 2K
March 26-April 1 1G, 1GS, 3.2IP, 3H, 3ER, 4BB, 2K
April 2-8 1G, 1.1IP, 4H, 1ER, 1BB, 2K, 1HR
April 9-15 1G, 6IP, 0H, 0ER, 2BB, 8K
April 16-22 1G, 1GS, .2IP, 6H, 5ER, 0K
April 23-29 DNP
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 1G, 1IP, 0ER, 1BB, 1K

Nolan Bond, RHP (JR, University of Houston [38-25], Tx.) [Bio]
Nolan Bond 2Bond told us that injuries limited his spring season and the righthander appeared in only 10 games, making two starts, both in the first half of March. The top British prospect entering the season, Bond only through one inning between mid-March and mid-April though he did pitch twice in Houston’s run through the postseason. Bond’s Cougars faced two opponents with European team members, Columbia and Texas, but Bond did not pitch against either side. His best performance in the latter half of the season was a relief gem in the American Conference Tournament against Tulane on May 22 in which he came on for 5 2/3 innings and allowed only two earned runs and six baserunners.

All told, Bond finished with a 4.81 ERA and 1.32 WHIP, with a 13-to-10 K-to-BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings. He will return for his senior season in 2019, with the potential to soak up important innings for the Cougars and possibly earn a late draft slot.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1G, 1GS, 4IP, 5H, 1ER, 1BB, 1K
March 12-18 1G, 1GS, 3H, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 1G, 1IP, 1H, 0ER, 1K
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 1G, 2.2IP, 1H, 0ER, 1BB, 1K
April 23-29 DNP
April 30-May 6 1G, 2.1IP, 4H, 4ER, 1BB, 2K
May 7-13 DNP
May 14-20 1G, .1IP, 0ER, 1K
May 21-27 1G, 5.2IP, 4H, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
May 28-June 3 DNP
June 3-9 1G, 2.1IP, 4H, 4ER, 2BB, 1K

Richard Brereton, UT-RHP (SO, Emory University [20-18], Ga.) [Bio]
Brereton 4Brereton had a superb season in his first year as an outfielder, pitching extremely well also. As a batter, he appeared in 38 games, slashing .320/.383/.467, improving his batting average from 2017 by 76 points, adding power, and continuing to show excellent plate discipline. Brereton chipped in 13 stolen bases and scored 37 runs.

On the mound, Brereton pitched in 12 games, starting 11, and compiled a 3.60 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 8.49 K/9. His best start came on the season’s final weekend, as the Eagles travelled to NYU, which finished 28-12. Brereton went a season-high eight innings, allowed only a pair of hits and a base on balls, and struck out eight in the win.

Batting

Week Stats
March 5-11 No games.
March 12-18 4G, 3-for-13, 5R, 2B, 3B, 4BB, 3K, SB, CS
March 19-25 2G, 2-for-8, R, BB
March 26-April 1 4G, 6-for-15, R, 2B, BB, 4K
April 2-8 2G, 4-for-10, 3R, RBI, K, 3SB
April 9-15 7G, 12-for-26, 10R, 4RBI, 4 2B, 3BB, 6K, 5SB
April 16-22 2G, 2-for-9, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 2K
April 23-29 3G, 1-for-13, 3R, 2RBI, BB, 2K
April 30-May 6 1G, 0-for-3, BB, SB

Pitching

Week Stats
March 5-11 No games.
March 12-18 1G, 1GS, 6IP, 8H, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
March 19-25 1G, 2IP, 1H, 1BB, 1K
March 26-April 1 Did not pitch.
April 2-8 1G, 1GS, 7IP, 5H, 1ER, 4BB, 9K
April 9-15 1G, 1GS, 7IP, 6H, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
April 16-22 1G, 1GS, 6IP, 5H, 1ER, 3BB, 6K
April 23-29 1G, 1GS, 8IP, 2H, 2ER, 1BB, 8K
April 30-May 6 Did not pitch.

Isaiah Campbell, RHP (RS SO, University of Arkansas [48-21], Ark.) [Bio]
CampbellCampbell is a unusual addition to our list in that he is from a country that does not regularly compete internationally, but was drafted and played in the NCAA DI College World Series. Although it appears he did not reside their for long, Campbell was born in Portugal, which last fielded a senior national team in 1998, when Campbell had just turned one.

Campbell was a regular starter for the Razorbacks, making 18 appearances, only one in relief. Campbell, however, was either brilliant or awful in virtually every appearance, with the high points including eight shutout innings and eight Ks against No. 4 Kentucky and another eight whiffs in 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball versus Florida in the College World Series. Campbell was also yanked in the World Series finals in a game Arkansas would lose 5-0, ending their season, and had a 4.86 ERA in the postseason.

Campbell had ten games against teams with European-eligible players, by far the most, but only saw action in two. The hurler faced Sweden’s Antoine Duplantis twice, permitting a 1-for-3 effort on May 6 and holding him to a walk and a popup when the two met in the SEC Tournament on May 26. Campbell did not face Texas A&M’s Doxakis, as their starts were one day apart, and Dayton’s Golubiewski did not pitch against Arkansas in their two-game set. Texas’ Matteo Bocchi did take the hill against the Razorbacks in the College World Series, but Campbell had the day off.

In total, Campbell had a 4.26 ERA, with a 75-to-29 K-to-BB ratio in 69 2/3 innings, with batters hitting .249 against him. He was taken in the 24th Round by the Angels after struggling with bone spurs and elbow soreness, but Campbell will return to Arkansas for his junior season. Better health could lead to a breakout season at one of America’s top universities.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1GS, 3.2IP, 5H, 1ER, 2BB, 3K
March 12-18 1GS, 8IP, 3H, 1ER, 4BB, 8K
March 19-25 1GS, 1IP, 4H, 5ER, 4BB, 2K
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 1GS, 2IP, 6H, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
April 9-15 1GS, 5IP, 2H, 0ER, 1BB, K
April 16-22 1GS, 5.2IP, 8H, 5ER, 3BB, 6K
April 23-29 1GS, 1.1IP, 1H, 1ER, 3BB, 0K
April 30-May 6 1GS, 4.1IP, 8H, 5ER, 0BB, 3K
May 7-13 1GS, 5IP, 5H, 0ER, 0BB, 7K
May 14-20 1G, 3IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
May 21-27 1GS, 5IP, 4H, 2ER, 1BB, 7K
May 28-June 3 1GS, 0IP, 1H, 1ER, 2BB, 0K
June 4-10 DNP
June 11-17 1GS, 4IP, 4H, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
June 18-24 1GS, 5.1IP, 2H, 2ER, 0BB, 8K
June 25-July 1 1GS, 2IP, 2H, 2ER, 1BB, 2K

Martin Červinka, IF (FR, Wake Technical Community College [27-18-1], N.C.) [Bio]
CervinkaČervinka had a stellar stateside debut, holding down the hot corner and stroking .295/.409/.402 for the year. The Czech native exhibited sensational plate discipline, walking 21 times and striking out only 16 times in 112 at bats. In his final 46 at bats, he went down on strikes only three times. Although he will no longer have countrymate Martin Mužík in the lineup, 2019 could make for a big season for Červinka.

Week Stats
March 5-11 4G, 6-for-13, 7R, 4 2B, RBI, 3BB, 2K
March 12-18 4G, 2-for-13, 2R, 2B, RBI, 3BB, 2K, SB
March 19-25 2G, 3-for-4, R, BB, K, CS
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 2G, 1-for-8, 2R, RBI, 2K
April 9-15 2G, 1-for-3, R, 2B, 3RBI, 2BB, 2SB
April 16-22 5G, 4-for-14, 4R, 2B, 5RBI, 2BB, 2K
April 23-29 3G, 3-for-11, R, 2B, 4RBI, 2BB, K, SB
April 30-May 6 3G, 1-for-8, 3R, 2B, 2BB, SB
May 7-13 3G, 2-for-10, 2R, 2BB

Marek Chlup and Vojtěch Menšík, OF & IF (FR, North Carolina State University, N.C.)
Sources indicate the pair may matriculate in the 2018-19 season, but we have been unable to confirm the fact.

Josef Cihlář, RHP (FR, Odessa Junior College [34-25], Tx.) [Bio]
CihlarIn the wild offensive league that is Region V, Odessa posted a 7.57  ERA that was in the middle of the pack, giving some context to Cihlář’s 10.46 ERA. More importantly, the Czech right-hander struck out 37 batters in as many innings and walked 16, finishing third on the team in appearances. A strong sophomore season should allow Cihlář to find a four-year university with a roster spot for him.

Week Stats
March 5-11 2G, 2.2IP, 2H, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
March 12-18 1G, 4.2IP, 6H, 3ER, 1BB, 5K
March 19-25 2G, 5.2, 12H, 8ER, 1BB, 1K, 3HR
March 26-April 1 2G, SV, 3.2IP, 4H, 1ER, 1BB, 5K, HR
April 2-8 1G, 2IP, 5H, 2ER, 3K
April 9-15 1G, 3H, 7H, 7ER, 1BB, 3K, HR
April 16-22 1G, .2IP, 2H, 4ER, K
April 23-29 1G, 2IP, 4H, 5ER, 4BB, K, 2HR
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 1G, 1.1IP, 3H, 1ER, 1BB, HR
May 14-20 DNP

Cecil Comenencia, OF-C (SO, Reinhardt University [41-20], Ga.) [Bio]
Comenencia saw little action for the Eagles, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts over three games. Time will tell whether he will return for another year.

Nick Constantakos, RHP (SO, Charleston Southern University [19-35], S.C.) [Bio]
ConstantakosThe Greek-American had a great start to the season, holding down a 2.81 ERA through three starts. Things fell apart for Constantakos after that, as he was bombed in his next two appearances before being shut down for the rest of the season. Given that he did not suit up for a summer league team, it seems possible that he suffered an arm injury. Even with the two bad starts, Constantakos’ ERA was 4.88 and he struck out 23 in 24 innings, roughly similar to his first year at CSU (4.92, 10.55 K/9). Assuming he is healthy by the spring of 2019, he would likely reclaim a spot in the starting rotation.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1GS, 3.2IP, 8H, 5ER, 3BB, 3K
March 12-18 1GS, 4.1IP, 7H, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 DNP
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 DNP
May 14-20 DNP
May 21-27 DNP

Conrad Cornell, OF (SR, Mercer University [12-5], Ga.) [Bio]
CornellCornell served mostly as a pinch runner and defensive replacement at all three outfield positions until the last two weeks of the season, when he drew eight starts and made the most of it, going 8-for-22 to bring his average up to .228/.254/.263. The Great Britain outfielder and pitcher finished his career with a .254/.305/.331 slash line in 130 at bats over 129 games for the Bears.

Week Stats
March 5-11 3G, 1-for-5, R, RBI, 3K
March 12-18 1G, 0-for-1
March 19-25 1G, 0-for-1, K
March 26-April 1 3G, 0-for-3, 3K
April 2-8 2G, 1-for-3, 2R, 2B, RBI
April 9-15 1G, 0-for-3
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 2G, 1-for-3, R, RBI, K, SB
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 5G, 0-for-7, 2R, RBI, BB, 4K
May 14-20 3G, 2-for-6, R, 3K, SB
May 21-27 4G, 5-for-11, 2R, 2B, 5RBI, BB, 3K, CS
May 28-June 3 1G, 1-for-3, K

Joe Cosgrove, C (FR, Rollins College [20-29], Fla.) [Bio]
Cosgrove.jpgCosgrove, one of eight Irish-American entrants to this list, turned in an excellent defensive season in his university debut, throwing out 25 percent of baserunners and committing only a single error with no passed balls (.991 fielding). He also appeared in almost half of the team’s games and showed a decent batting eye, with five walks and 12 strikeouts, hitting .227.

Week Stats
Jan. 29-Feb. 4 DNP
Feb. 5-11 1G, did not bat
Feb. 12-18 1G, 0-for-2
Feb. 19-25 2G, 1-for-1
Feb. 26-March 4 1G, 0-for-2
March 5-11 4G, 2-for-6, 3R, RBI, 2BB, 2K
March 12-18 3G, 3-for-7, 2R, RBI
March 19-25 1G, 0-for-2
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 3G, 0-for-6, 3K
April 9-15 2G, 2-for-5, BB, K
April 16-22 1G, 0-for-3, 2K
April 23-29 1G, 1-for-2
April 30-May 6 2G, 0-for-5, 2BB, 3K
May 7-13 2G, 1-for-3, 2K

 

Stay tuned for our next update tomorrow as we give you players surnamed D-G.

All photos courtesy of the athletes’ institutions.

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