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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About Gabriel Fidler

Extra Innings UK covers baseball around the world, focussing on the sport at the national team level, with features on prominent players, scouting reports, and occasional breaking news. We are fully credentialled by MLB and have covered the World Baseball Classic, continental championships, and the U.S. minor leagues.
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