Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Texas signs Dutch teen

Jason Cole passes along a link to an article noting that TX has signed 18yo Dutch MIF Nick Urbanus, whose family has a storied history in Dutch baseball. Here is an excerpt from the press release:

Mike Daly (Director of International Scouting) and Jim Colborn (director of Pacific Rim Operations) are enthusiastic about the choice of Urbanus for the Texas Rangers. “The Texas Rangers are very excited to get a player with his abilities and character” said Daly. “Urbanus is such a famous name in the history of Dutch baseball and we are delighted to have been able to add Han’s grandson and Charlie’s son to our organization as our first European player,” added Colborn.

European scout Rene Saggiadi (the only European scout on twitter that I know of) has some back and forth about the kid with Jason Cole and Jason Parks - to sum up: 6.1/165, 19yo a/o 3/11, LH, could stick at SS but if he moves it will be to 2b and not 3b or LF. Raggiadi has seen him over the last 3 years, and likes him it seems, but is keeping his evaluation as a hitter and infielder close to the vest (as a contracted scout for ML teams).

Saggiadi also had this to say about his stats:
Had great stats there. Dutch stats not as indicative. Level is good (single A) for his age, and environment is pro-pitchers.

Here I think he is talking about his play at the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam for the SR national team (2009, age 17). IF so, that's not too shabby.

Here is an interview that Patrick Newman did with Rogier van Zon about the Dutch amateur league Honkbal Hoofdklasse


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