In the Futures Game aftermath, we missed the release of the Netherlands’ Olympic roster, which will be managed by former Yankees shortstop Robert Eenhoorn. The highlights:
• The Dutch got several of their top pitchers to participate, including Futures Game righthander Shairon Martis (Nationals), 7-foot-1 righty Loek Van Mil (Twins) and hard-throwing lefty Alexander Smit (Reds). Other pitchers include Dutch international stalwarts such as righty Rob Cordemans and lefthander Diegomar Markwell.
• The position players include several familiar names infielder, such as Eugene Kingsale, who has more than 500 big league at-bats (but none since 2003); speedster Danny Rombley, a former Expos prospect; and Dirk van ‘t Klooster, who has played more games for the Dutch national team than anyone else. The Dutch were waiting to see if Nationals outfielder Rogervin Bernadina, who got his first big league promotion this year, would be made available to them in time for a spot on the roster.
Other key position players include Yurendell de Caster (Nationals), a former BA Winter Player of the Year; 37-year-old Mexican Leaguer Sharnol Adriana; and former Purdue shortstop MIke Duursma.
• The Dutch weren’t able to secure some of the young players they wanted and one they probably didn’t figure on. Mariners farmhands Wladimir Balentien and Greg Halman aren’t on the roster; neither is Marlins righty Rick Vanden Hurk. However, the Reds’ 30th-round pick, righthander Juan Carlos Sulberan of Florida’s American Heritage High, made the cut. Sulbaran, committed to Florida, has a clean delivery and has shown the ability to have three average pitches in the future with a low 90s fastball, curveball and changeup. But he’s not just another amateur pitcher in this tournament field—he’s a high schooler, the second in the event (following Canada’s Brett Lawrie).
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