Author Archives: Gabriel Fidler

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.

Scouting Taiwan’s Shao-Ching Chiang

Shao-Ching Chiang may not be a household name among minor league prospects yet and is not even the top Taiwanese prospect in the Cleveland Indians’ system thanks to Yu-Cheng Chang, but the right-handed pitcher is off to an excellent start. … Continue reading

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Four Europeans Taken in MLB Draft

When spring began, it seemed eminently possible that at least half a dozen European baseball players or those eligible for national teams in Europe would be taken by major league teams in the amateur player draft. Instead, a mere three … Continue reading

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Europeans in the MLB Draft Preview

Day three of the MLB Draft is upon us and we have to yet to see a European come off the board, despite the high ranking of LSU’s Antoine Duplantis, who has Swedish citizenship. The Tigers’ centerfielder will go quickly … Continue reading

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The Week in International Baseball (11-17 March)

The national team of Czech Republic gave a quick update as it travelled to Sicily for spring training (tweet). Martin Mužík continued his torrid streak as we updated you on European players in the US (tweet). We also offered updates from … Continue reading

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SCOUTING: Italy’s Bocchi Relieves for Longhorns

Scouting Report by Eric Bynum with editorial assistance from Gabriel Fidler. Image copyright FIBS. Many of you have been following our updates on European baseball players at American universities and high schools. One of this list of more than five dozen … Continue reading

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The Week in International Baseball (4-10 March)

The week started with Japan winning the second of its two-game friendly series with Australia 6-0 in the second national team series of 2018 (link with video). A combined Canadian university team will tour Europe in May (tweet). The ABL … Continue reading

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European Baseball Players in American Education [Week 3]

Though early spring weather wreaked havoc with the schedules of several teams this week, only a few universities and high schools have yet to start their season. As such, we have an update for most of our 61 European baseballers … Continue reading

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The Week in International Baseball (25 February-3 March)

    The week started with a host of updates from our European players in American education. Great Britain’s Paul Kirkpatrick had a great start for Western Kentucky (tweet). Lithuania’s Marius Balandis had his first start of the year for … Continue reading

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European Baseball Players in American Education [Week 2]

Another six players were added to our list over the weekend, including our first player from Scotland. Yet another Greek-American joined the list, which brought that number to 11, though it is liable to double by the end of the … Continue reading

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The Week in International Baseball (18 February-24 February)

It was an especially busy week in international baseball, particularly as we premiered what became a series on Europeans playing baseball at American high schools and universities. The original two-dozen list has not hit 60 and names continue to pour … Continue reading

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