NETHERLANDS – The Dutch baseball website, Honkbalsite, has reported that the New York Mets inked a pair of Dutch prospects – Kevin Weijgertse and Bjorn Hato – this past weekend. The signing was witnessed by European scout Lionel Chattelle.
Both Weijgertse (pictured, right) and Hato (not pictured), who played for Dutch heavyweight Corendon Kinheim this past season, attended the inaugural European Player Showcase in North Carolina last month.
The 18-year-old Weijgertse debuted in the Dutch Major League a year ago with the Konica Minolta Pioniers. He played in 39 games with Kinheim in 2009 and hit .243 with 17 RBIs and 15 runs scored.
The corner infielder batted .381 with a .552 on base percentage and four RBIs for the Dutch Junior National Team in Germany last year. The Netherlands lost in the championship game to Italy.
Hato, 18, is a versatile utility player who made his debut in the Dutch top league in April as a pinch-runner. He was also a member of the Dutch Junior National Team and hit .357 with eight runs scored and two RBIs.
Photo courtesy of Roel Schutte/Konica Minolta Pioniers