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]
Triantos 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.
|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 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|
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 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).
|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 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]
Verdonk 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.
|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]
Villard, 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.
|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 16-22||1G, 2IP, 2H, 0ER, 3BB, 3K|
|April 30-May 6||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]
Wood 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]
Zouras 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.
|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|
Terrance Whittle, Head Coach (First Season, Stillman College [19-22], Ala.) [Bio]
The 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.
Kristaps Aldins, US born latvian head coach for Stevens University of Techology.
Coached and played for Latvian national team in European qualifiers 2011 and 2014.
Thank you so much for reminding us of Aldins. We actually interacted with him a while ago and have been following his exploited with Latvia. Can’t believe we forgot him here!