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Europe: Top Hitters and Pitchers From Last Weekend


Senart Templiers dual threat Matthieu Brelle-Andrade enjoyed a banner day last Sunday to help the French Baseball League second-place squad sweep past the Pessac Panthers.

The 27-year-old tossed a complete game eight-inning no-hitter to help the Templiers blank Pessac, 10-0, in the first game of a doubleheader. The right-hander allowed only two batters to reach base (walk and error) while posting four strikeouts to improve his card to 2-2 with an eye-catching 1.61 ERA in 50 1/3 frames.

Brelle-Andrade, who leads Senart with a .333 batting mark (18-for-54), used the lumber to help the Templiers capture an 8-6 victory in the twinbill finale.

The French national team standout went 3-for-4 with a walk, double and four RBIs as Senart (12-4) remains in a three-way race with Rouen and Paris University Club for this year’s French national championship.

HURLERS HONOR ROLL:

Kyle Ward, UVV (Netherlands)
Pitched six scoreless frames with four hits and four K’s in 4-0 win over HCAW.

Ernesto Pino, El Llano (Spain)
Scattered three hits and one unearned run with six K’s over seven frames in 7-1 win.

Ben Grover, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Tossed six shutout frames with one hit and three K’s in 12-0 win over Sparta/Feyenoord.

Eugen Heilmann, Paderborn Untouchables (Germany)
Allowed four hits with five K’s over seven shutout frames in 12-0 win over Hamburg.

James Murrey, Paris University Club (France)
Scattered two hits, a walk and nine K’s over six shutout frames in 5-2 victory.

Ricardo Hernandez, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
Issued five hits and struck out four in five shutout frames in 9-0 win over Godo.

Luke Sommer, Corendon Kinheim (Netherlands)
Allowed four hits and one earned run with six K’s over seven frames in win over ADO.

Anthony Peraza, Hamburg Stealers (Germany)
Pitched a complete game six-hitter with nine K’s in 3-1 upset win over Paderborn.

Marcos Tabata, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
Worked four shutout one-hit relief innings with five K’s in 11-8 win over Cariparma Parma.

Jos de Jong, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Surrendered three hits and two walks with seven K’s in seven-inning complete game shutout.

Diegomar Markwell, DOOR Neptunus (Netherlands)
Allowed four hits and struck out five over seven scoreless frames in 1-0 victory.

David Bergman, Corendon Kinheim (Netherlands)
Hurled seven one-hit frames with two hits and four K’s in 5-1 win over ADO.

Tiago Da Silva, T&A San Marino (Italy)
Pitched seven shutout innings with six hits and seven K’s in no-decision effort.

SLUGGERS HONOR ROLL:

Sidney de Jong, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Went 2-for-2 with homer, two walks, a pair of RBIs, and two steals in 12-0 blowout win.

Andrew Smith, Heidenheim Heidekopfe (Germany)
Posted four hits, home run, five runs scored and four RBIs in 19-1 victory.

Hector Velasquez, El Llano (Spain)
Enjoyed 3-for-5 game with triple and five RBIs in 12-1 win over the Vigo Falcons.

Leonardo Zileri, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
Tallied four hits with a walk, RBI and two runs scored in 15-14 win over Rimini.

Ty Ericksen, Haar Disciples (Germany)
Singled, doubled and tripled with four RBIs in 10-4 victory over Stuttgart.

Ethan Paquette, Rouen Huskies (France)
Went 4-for-4 with a walk, three doubles and a trio of RBIs in 9-4 victory.

Kenny Berkenbosch, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Collected a trio of hits and popped a three-run homer in 13-0 win over Sparta/Feyenoord.

Sandel Cuevas, Valencia Astros (Spain)
Went 4-for-5 with a run, triple and RBI in 9-2 win over San Inazio Bilbao.

Evan Le Blanc, Regensburg Legionaere (Germany)
Went 3-for-3 with a run, double, two walks and three RBIs in 12-4 win over Mainz.

Bastien Dagneau, Rouen Huskies (France)
Collected four hits with double, stolen base and two RBIs in 8-4 victory.

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Marvin Moore is a freelance writer and former int’l baseball coach. He currently teaches baseball to underpriviliged Filipino boys at the Future Stars Baseball School in Bohol, Philippines.

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European Baseball: Hitters Doing Well


EUROPE – Have bat, will travel.

American shortstop Dennis Kelly batted a whopping .512 two years ago to win the Swedish League batting title. Last year, the Texan hit .411 to capture the French League batting crown. This season, the former Austin College standout is putting up lofty numbers in the German League.

The Mannheim Tornados middle infielder is batting at a .522 clip to lead the German League, and only trails former minor leaguer Tony Granadillo, who is hitting .537 for the Spanish League club San Inazio.

The only other .500 hitter from the top leagues is Czech slugger Petr Cech (.508), who joined the German club Buchbinder Legionaere (Regensburg) over the winter. Cech is a former Cincinnati Reds’ prospect who became the first non-pitcher from the Czech Republic to play in the U.S. minor leagues in 2007.

European heavyweight DOOR Neptunus is quickly becoming the “New York Yankees of Europe.” Stocked with an abundance of former minor league pitchers and hitters, the Rotterdam club has opened the season with 19 wins in 20 games in one of the toughest leagues across the Atlantic. Coach Steve Janssen’s squad also possess the Dutch League top two hitters in Shaldimar Daantji (.385) and Raily Legito (.380).

BaseballdeWorld will be spotlighting the top players on the old continent to prepare our readers for the upcoming European summer tournament season.

Below are the Hitting Leaders for some of the top leagues in Europe:

DUTCH LEAGUE
.385 – Shaldimar Daantji, DOOR Neptunus
.380 – Raily Legito, DOOR Neptunus
.377 – Dirk van’t Klooster, Corendon Kinheim
.342 – Bas de Jong, L&D Amsterdam
.340 – Roderick Simon, Sparta/Feyenoord
.339 – Bart Gabriels, Mr. Cocker HCAW
.339 – Jakub Malik, Konica Minolta

GERMAN LEAGUE
.522 – Dennis Kelly, Mannheim Tornados
.508 – Petr Cech, Buchbinder Legionaere (Regensburg)
.448 – Matthias Schmitt, Mannheim Tornados
.444 – André Salcher, Gauting Indians
.442 – Eddie Martinez, Saarlouis Hornets
.432 – Sascha Lutz, Mannheim Tornados
.431 – Matt Vance, Buchbinder Legionaere (Regensburg)

ITALIAN LEAGUE
.389 – Danny Sandoval, Montepaschi Grosseto
.363 – Ardley Jansen, T&A San Marino
.359 – Jairo Ramos, UGF Bologna
.357 – Gary Burnham Jr., De Angelis Godo Knights
.354 – Laidel Chapelli, Telemarket Rimini
.341 – Lino Connel, Danesi Nettuno
.341 – Juan Camilo, Cariparma Parma

SPANISH LEAGUE
.537 – Tony Granadillo, San Inazio
.457 – Victor Martinez, Baseball Navarra
.455 – Larry Infante, Baseball Navarra
.441 – Jesus Golindano, FC Barcelona
.440 – Marc Carrillo, Sant Boi
.402 – William Domero, Sant Boi
.402 – Daniel Martinez, Sant Boi

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European Baseball: Dominant Hurlers


EUROPE – A pair of seven-game winners headline a talented cast of elite pitchers who are enjoying success in the top baseball leagues in Europe. BaseballdeWorld will be spotlighting the top players on the old continent to prepare our readers for the upcoming European summer tournament season.

UGF Bologna staff ace Jesus Matos has played an integral role in keeping the reigning Italian Series champion near the top of the IBL standings this year. The right-hander, who went a combined 16-6 with 200 strikeouts over 178 2/3 innings in 2008 and 2009, has compiled an ublemished 7-0 record this season with a league-best 0.85 ERA.

Coach Martin Helmig and the Buchbinder Legionaere (Regensburg) signed Czech national team hurler Boris Bokaj during the offseason, and the former Czech League standout has not disappointed.

The 23-year-old Bokaj, who sported a 9-9 record and a 2.63 ERA with 102 strikeouts for the Arrows Ostrava last season, is 7-0 with a 1.83 ERA for the German League lone unbeaten team.

Below are the Pitching Leaders for some of the top leagues in Europe:

DUTCH LEAGUE
4-0 / 0.26 – Leon Boyd, DOOR Neptunus
3-1 / 0.53 – Nick Veltkamp, Corendon Kinheim
6-0 / 0.59 – Dushan Ruzic, DOOR Neptunus
2-2 / 1.08 – Rob Cordemans, L&D Amsterdam
1-0 / 1.59 – Rik Geestman, L&D Amsterdam
1-1 / 1.72 – Ben Grover, L&D Amsterdam
5-1 / 1.76 – David Bergman, Corendon Kinheim
4-3 / 1.92 – Eddie Aucoin, Konica Minolta

GERMAN LEAGUE
4-2 / 0.79 – Daniel Meier, Paderborn Untouchables
3-0 / 0.84 – René Herlitzius, Buchbinder Legionaere (Regensburg)
5-2 / 1.21 – Josh Rickards, Solingen Alligators
3-2 / 1.67 – Vince DeCoito, Dohren Wild Farmers
7-0 / 1.83 – Boris Bokaj, Buchbinder Legionaere (Regensburg)
5-1 / 1.88 – Tim Henkenjohann, Bonn Capitals
5-0 / 2.03 – Andre Hughes, Solingen Alligators

ITALIAN LEAGUE
7-0 / 0.85 – Jesus Matos, UGF Bologna
5-0 / 0.97 – Henry Bonilla, T&A San Marino
4-3 / 1.52 – Kris Wilson, Danesi Nettuno
4-0 / 1.55 – Sandy Patrone, Telemarket Rimini
5-2 / 1.70 – Jim Brower, Telemarket Rimini
2-1 / 2.03 – Chris Cooper, Montepaschi Grosseto
1-0 / 2.05 – Marco Grifantini, Cariparma Parma

SPANISH LEAGUE
4-0 / 0.40 – Oscar Jimenez, FC Barcelona
5-0 / 0.49 – Jose Guanchez, Sant Boi
1-1 / 0.64 – Hector Perozo, Baseball Navarra
7-0 / 0.85 – Junior Guerra, Sant Boi
2-2 / 1.00 – Rafael Gomera, Vigo Halcones
6-1 / 1.28 – Jose E. Cruz, Sant Boi
6-0 / 1.40 – Delio Martinez, FC Barcelona

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2010 European Baseball: Pitchers


EUROPE – The 2010 Top European Player Series continues today with a look at a talented group of starting pitchers which features an array of savvy veterans.

BaseballdeWorld will introduce readers to the top players (position-by-position) in Europe from March 29 to April 6.

The rankings are put together by BaseballdeWorld Managing Editor Marvin Moore, who won four Swiss championships in six seasons while compiling an .863 winning percentage from 1993-1998 with the Therwil Flyers and Zurich Challengers. Moore has also been covering the European baseball scene since 2007.

This 2010 Top European Player Series will be updated each month with the sole purpose of allowing international baseball fans an opportunity to learn more about the top players in Europe. Rankings will be based on monthly individual statistics and strength of league.

Below are our preseason picks for the Top 10 starting pitchers in Europe:

1. Tiago Da Silva, T&A San Marino (Italy)
Led the IBL with a 1.10 ERA in 2009 while sporting a 9-1 record with 107 strikeouts and 13 walks in 90 1/3 innings.

2. Jesus Matos, UGF Fortitudo Bologna (Italy)
Topped the league with 118 strikeouts while going 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA and 20 walks in 95 2/3 innings.

3. Jim Brower, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
Former big league pitcher tossed a no-hitter in his IBL debut against Montepaschi Grosseto.

4. Rob Cordemans, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Posted a 6-2 record with a 0.91 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 98 2/3 innings in 2009.

5. Diegomar Markwell, DOOR Neptunus (Netherlands)
Left-handed ace compiled a 10-2 record and a 1.82 ERA with 83 strikeouts in 99 innings of work.

6. Horacio Estrada, T&A San Marino (Italy)
Posted a 9-2 record with 79 strikeouts, 21 walks and a 1.96 ERA over 91 2/3 innings.

6. Leon Boyd, DOOR Neptunus (Netherlands)
Returns to reigning Dutch champion after one season in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system.

7. Adam Blackley, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands, pictured)
Aussie southpaw went 7-3 with a 2.06 and 93 strikeouts in 96 innings on the mound.

7. Enorbel Marquez-Ramirez, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
Compiled a 9-1 record with a 0.91 ERA in 69 innings with 96 strikeouts and 21 walks last year in the German League.

8. Kevin Heijstek, DOOR Neptunus (Netherlands)
Posted a 10-3 record with a 2.13 ERA and 53 strikeouts and 18 walks over 93 innings.

8. Sandy Patrone, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
Rebounded from a subpar 2008 season with an 8-1 record and a 2.02 ERA in 75 2/3 innings with 72 strikeouts.

9. Dushan Ruzic, DOOR Neptunus (Netherlands)
Went 7-2 and recorded six saves with a 1.05 ERA and 55 strikeouts over 60 innings for reigning Dutch champion.

10. David Bergman, Corendon Kinheim (Netherlands)
Former Dutch League Pitcher of the Year was 8-6 with a 2.02 ERA and 88 strikeouts over 107 innings.

Photo courtesy of Henk Seppen/L&D Amsterdam

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2010 European Baseball: Outfielders


EUROPE – The 2010 Top European Player Series continues today with a look at the outfielders which features a bevy of standouts possessing both spped and power.

BaseballdeWorld will introduce readers to the top players (position-by-position) in Europe from March 29 to April 4.

The rankings are put together by BaseballdeWorld Managing Editor Marvin Moore, who won four Swiss championships in six seasons while compiling an .863 winning percentage from 1993-1998 with the Therwil Flyers and Zurich Challengers. Moore has also been covering the European baseball scene since 2007.

This 2010 Top European Player Series will be updated each month with the sole purpose of allowing international baseball fans an opportunity to learn more about the top players in Europe. Rankings will be based on monthly individual statistics and strength of league.

Below are our preseason picks for the Top 10 outfielders in Europe:

1. Eddy Garabito, UGF Fortitudo Bologna (Italy)
Reigning IBL batting champion hit .383 (64-for-167) with 13 doubles, three triples, five homers, 23 walks, 14 stolen bases, 32 RBIs and 43 runs scored.

2. Danny Rombley, DOOR Neptunus (Netherlands)
Former batting champion hit .396 (57-for-144) with 12 doubles, five homers, seven stolen bases, 22 walks, 24 RBIs and 33 runs scored.

3. Carlos Duran, T&A San Marino (Italy, pictured)
All-Everything centerfielder batted .330 (61-for-185) a year ago with 11 doubles, four triples, six homers, 22 RBIs, 36 runs and 13 stolen bases.

4. Eugène Kingsale, DOOR Neptunus (Netherlands)
Batted .364 (55-for-151) with 11 doubles, two triples, three homers, nine stolen bases, 31 walks, 24 RBIs and 37 runs scored.

5. Kenny Berkenbosch, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
2009 Dutch batting king hit .402 (43-for-107) with 11 doubles, four homers, 23 runs scored and 24 RBIs.

6. Daniel Martinez, Sant Boi (Spain)
Batting .432 (19-for-44) with five doubles, 10 walks, 20 runs scored and 14 RBIs in 12 games this season.

7. Ray Stokes, Heidenheim Heidekopfe (Germany)
Speedy American centerfielder batted .375 (33-for-88) with six doubles, three triples, 21 walks, 29 runs scored, 31 stolen bases and 21 RBIs.

8. Marvin Appiah, Mannheim Tornados (Germany)
Batted .411 (39-for-95) with five homers, six stolen bases, 22 runs scored and 32 RBIs.

9. Moritz Buttgereit, Solingen Alligators (Germany)
Finished 2009 batting .366 (34-for-93) with six doubles, 19 walks, 23 RBIs and 31 runs scored.

10. Philip Gajzler, Sundbyberg Heat (Sweden)
Hit .373 (37-for-99) last year with seven doubles, four home runs, 17 walks, 20 runs scored and 34 RBIs.

Photo courtesy of Ferrini/FIBS

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2010 European Baseball: Third Basemen


EUROPE – The 2010 Top European Player Series continues today with a look at the “Hot Corner” and the third basemen who must be able to handle the bat as well as the leather.

BaseballdeWorld will introduce readers to the top players (position-by-position) in Europe from March 29 to April 4.

The rankings are put together by BaseballdeWorld Managing Editor Marvin Moore, who won four Swiss championships in six seasons while compiling an .863 winning percentage from 1993-1998 with the Therwil Flyers and Zurich Challengers. Moore has also been covering the European baseball scene since 2007.

This 2010 Top European Player Series will be updated each month with the sole purpose of allowing international baseball fans an opportunity to learn more about the top players in Europe. Rankings will be based on monthly individual statistics and strength of league.

Below are our preseason picks for the Top 10 third basemen in Europe:

1. Raily Legito, DOOR Neptunus (Netherlands)
Veteran slugger batted .363 (58-for-160) with 16 doubles, two homers, 22 walks, 29 runs scored and 32 RBIs for reigning Dutch champion.

2. Giuseppe Mazzanti, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
2008 IBL batting champ hit .268 (34-for-127) with 10 doubles, six homers, 37 walks, 28 runs scored and 33 RBIs a year ago.

3. Joseph Mazzuca, UGF Fortitudo Bologna (Italy, pictured)
American batted .275 (36-for-131) with nine doubles, six homers, 20 walks, five stolen bases, 27 RBIs and 28 runs scored.

4. Pavèl van Zaane, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Hit .301 (47-for-156) with seven doubles, 18 runs scored and 24 RBIs in 2009.

5. Orlando Munoz, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
Batted .287 (45-for-157) with six doubles, 16 walks, 17 runs scored and 23 RBIs last season.

6. Victor Martinez, Baseball Navarra (Spain)
The Spanish League third-ranked hitter was batting .472 (17-for-36) with three doubles, seven RBIs, 10 runs scored and two stolen bases after 10 games.

7. Roderick Simon, Sparta/Feyenoord (Netherlands)
Batted .322 (37-for-115) with two doubles, four stolen bases and 14 runs scored last year.

8. Marc Carrillo, Sant Boi (Spain)
Fourth-ranked hitter in the Spanish League after five weeks with a .441 (15-for-34) batting mark with three doubles, eight RBIs and two stolen bases.

8. Christian Nsien, Bonn Capitals (Germany)
Veteran slugger batted .349 (29-for-83) with seven doubles, 20 walks, 28 RBIs and nine stolen bases.

9. Tony Dermendziev, Tranas (Sweden)
Hit .336 (38-for-113) with 14 doubles, three homers, 25 walks and 28 runs in 2009.

10. Jesus Golindano, FC Barcelona (Spain)
Headed into Week Six batting .333 (10-for-34) with four runs scored and six RBIs.

Photo courtesy of Ferrini/FIBS

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2010 European Baseball: Second Basemen


EUROPE – The 2010 Top European Player Series continues today with a look at the second basemen featuring an array of speedsters, slick fielders and even a few power hitters.

BaseballdeWorld will introduce readers to the top players (position-by-position) in Europe from March 29 to April 4.

The rankings are put together by BaseballdeWorld Managing Editor Marvin Moore, who won four Swiss championships in six seasons while compiling an .863 winning percentage from 1993-1998 with the Therwil Flyers and Zurich Challengers. Moore has also been covering the European baseball scene since 2007.

This 2010 Top European Player Series will be updated each month with the sole purpose of allowing international baseball fans an opportunity to learn more about the top players in Europe. Rankings will be based on monthly individual statistics and strength of league.

Below are our preseason picks for the Top 10 second basemen in Europe:

1. Davide Dallospedale, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
Finished sixth in last year’s batting race with a .331 (49-for-148) batting mark with eight doubles, two homers, 32 walks, seven stolen bases, 17 RBIs and 29 runs scored.

2. Zaïr Koeiman, L&D Amsterdam Pirates (Netherlands)
Batted .341 (44-for-129) with three home runs, 24 runs and 13 RBIs.

3. Daniel Sanchez, Sant Boi (Spain, pictured)
Batting .429 (12-for-28) with four doubles, two stolen bases and eight runs scored in eight games this season.

4. Benjamin Dille, DOOR Neptunus (Netherlands)
Hit .326 (47-for-144) for 2009 Dutch champion with 28 runs scored and 19 RBIs.

5. Liviston Santaniello, UGF Fortitudo Bologna (Italy)
Speedy top prospect primed for breakout season after batting .278 (42-for-151) for Reggio Emilia last season with two triples, 24 walks, seven stolen bases and 26 runs scored.

6. Dominik Wulf, Solingen Alligators (Germany)
Clutch hitter batted .341 (29-for-85) with five doubles, six home runs, 11 stolen bases, 15 walks, 35 runs scored and 23 RBIs.

7. Francesco Imperiali, T&A San Marino (Italy)
Hit .319 (43-for-135) with 15 walks, 12 doubles, 16 RBIs and 20 runs scored.

8. Jendrick Speer, Paderborn Untouchables (Germany)
Defensive specialist (.991) made only one error in 2009 while batting at a clip of .345 (30-for-87) with five doubles, 11 stolen bases, 17 walks and 27 runs.

9. Juan Latienda, Pamplona (Spain)
Headed into the fifth week of the 2009 season batting .345 (10-for-29) with three walks and two doubles.

10. Anderson Echavarria, Cologne Cardinals (Germany)
Batted .330 (33-for-100) with two triples, 20 runs scored and 11 stolen bases.

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2010 European Baseball: First Basemen


EUROPE – The 2010 Top European Player Series continues today with a look at the first basemen, which features some of the top power-hitting sluggers on the old continent.

BaseballdeWorld will introduce readers to the top players (position-by-position) in Europe from March 29 to April 4.

The rankings are put together by BaseballdeWorld Managing Editor Marvin Moore, who won four Swiss championships in six seasons while compiling an .863 winning percentage from 1993-1998 with the Therwil Flyers and Zurich Challengers. Moore has also been covering the European baseball scene since 2007.

This 2010 Top European Player Series will be updated each month with the sole purpose of allowing international baseball fans an opportunity to learn more about the top players in Europe. Rankings will be based on monthly individual statistics and strength of league.

Below are our preseason picks for the Top 10 first basemen in Europe:

1. Lino Connell, Danesi Nettuno (Italy, pictured)
The 37-year-old finished third in the IBL batting race in 2009 with a .354 (56-for-158) batting mark while tallying 10 doubles, five homers, 27 walks, nine stolen bases and 24 RBIs.

2. Richard Montiel, Tenerife Marlins (Spain)
Legitimate power hitter belted eight home runs a year ago and was batting .441 (15-for-34) with four homers and 13 RBIs after eight games this season.

3. Rafael Jozefa, Corendon Kinheim (Netherlands)
Batted .303 (36-for-119) with six doubles, two homers, 18 RBIs and 21 runs scored in 2009.

4. Giuseppe Mazzanti, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
2008 batting champion collected 10 doubles, six home runs, 37 walks, 28 runs scored and 33 RBIs last season.

5. Jairo Ramos, Fortitudo Bologna (Italy)
Best hitter for Italy in last year’s IBAF Baseball World Cup hit .283 (41-for-145) with four home runs, nine doubles and 24 RBIs in 2009 for Grosseto.

6. Ludwig Glaser, Buchbinder Legionaere (Germany)
Former minor leaguer batted .378 (34-for-90) in 2009 to finish third in the bundesliga batting race with seven doubles and 27 RBIs.

7. Jose Luis Riera, Sant Boi (Spain)
Entered Week five in the Spanish League hitting .483 (14-for-29) with eight extra-base hits, 14 runs scored and 18 RBIs in just eight games.

8. Björn Schonlau, Paderborn Untouchables (Germany)
Versatile slugger who can also pitch and play catcher hit .381 (32-for-84) with 15 runs scored and 21 RBIs.

9. David Leander, Tranas (Sweden)
Had a .995 fielding percentage last season while batting .350 (40-for-114) with three homers, nine doubles and 19 RBIs.

10. Jens Heymer, Mannheim Tornados (Germany)
Batted .372 (29-for-78) with nine doubles, two home runs and 15 RBIs in 2009.

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2010 European Baseball: Top Catchers


EUROPE – The 2010 Top European Player Series continues today with a spotlight on the men behind the dish. From Italy to German, Spain and the Netherlands – and even Switzerland – the European baseball scene features an abundance of talented catchers.

BaseballdeWorld will introduce readers to the top players (position-by-position) in Europe from March 29 to April 4.

The rankings are put together by BaseballdeWorld Managing Editor Marvin Moore, who won four Swiss championships in six seasons while compiling an .863 winning percentage from 1993-1998 with the Therwil Flyers and Zurich Challengers. Moore has also been covering the European baseball scene since 2007.

This 2010 Top European Player Series will be updated each month with the sole purpose of allowing international baseball fans an opportunity to learn more about the top players in Europe. Rankings will be based on monthly individual statistics and strength of league.

Below are our preseason picks for the Top 10 catchers in Europe:

1. Sidney de Jong, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Batted .333 (49-for-147)in 2009 with eight doubles, 21 RBIs, 30 walks and 31 runs scored in an “off” year after hitting .360 with six homers in 2008.

2. Simon Gühring, Heidenheim Heidekopfe (Germany)
Former Brewers prospect with Herculean physique mashed the ball to the tune of .449 (40-for-89) with nine doubles, four homers, 22 runs scored, 16 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.

3. Dewis Navarro, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
Spanish national team standout hit .339 (43-for-127) with two home runs, 12 doubles, 23 runs scored, and 26 RBIs in his first season in the Italian Baseball League.

4. Juan Angrisano, Fortitudo Bologna (Italy)
Batted .312 (49-for-157) with eight doubles, four homers, 36 RBIs and 22 runs scored in 2009.

5. Mark Duursma, Konica Minolta Pioniers (Netherlands)
Drew a whopping 40 walks last season while hitting .307 (46-for-150) with 39 runs scored, 31 RBIs, six doubles and five stolen bases. Cut down 18 of 44 base runners.

6. Ruben Cabrera, San Inazio (Spain)
The 28-year-old former minor leaguer is hitting .360 (9-for-25) with five walks and six RBIs heading into the fifth week of the Spanish League schedule.

7. Maikel Benner, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Hit .316 (50-for-158) with five doubles, 15 RBIs and 32 runs scored.

8. Trevor Howell, Dortmund Wanderers (Germany)
The 26-year-old Californian batted .411 (37-for-90) in 24 games last season with nine doubles, four home runs and 21 RBIs.

9. J.B. Tucker, Therwil Flyers (Switzerland)
The 28-year-old former Seattle Mariners prospect popped two doubles, a home run and tallied five RBIs in a recent exhibition game against top German club Solingen.

10. Orlando Diaz, FC Barcelona (Spain, pictured)
Entered the fifth week of the 2010 season batting .417 (10-for-24) with a homer, four doubles and 12 RBIs in six games.

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2010 European Baseball: Top Shortstops


EUROPE – With the 2010 European baseball season preparing to begin in earnest this weekend with the top leagues in Italy and Germany following Spain in opening their schedules, BaseballdeWorld will introduce readers to the top players (position-by-position) in Europe from March 29 to April 4.

The rankings are put together by BaseballdeWorld Managing Editor Marvin Moore, who won four Swiss championships in six seasons while compiling an .863 winning percentage from 1993-1998 with the Therwil Flyers and Zurich Challengers. Moore has also been covering the European baseball since 2007.

This 2010 Top European Player Series will be updated each month with the sole purpose of allowing international baseball fans an opportunity to learn more about the top players in Europe. Rankings will be based on monthly individual statistics and strength of league. And, a top player on a mediocre team will not be penalized for the shortcomings of his teammates.

Below are our preseason picks for the Top 10 shortstops in Europe:

1. Juan Carlos Infante, Bologna (Italy)
Speedy 28-year-old Venezuelan switch-hitter batted .321 (44-for-137) with eight doubles, two homers, 15 RBIs, 36 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 2009.

2. Johnny Carvajal, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
One of Europe’s elite hitters batted .361 (61-for-169) with two triples, four homers, 29 runs and 30 RBIs for Cariparma Parma a year ago.

2. Tony Granadillo, Pamplona (Spain)
25-year-old Venezuelan batted .287 in 478 minor league games and was the leading hitter in the Spanish League after eight games with a .548 batting mark (17-for-31) and two homers.

3. Marco Yepez, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
Former Washington Nationals prospect played eight seasons in the minor leagues and most recently suited up for the La Guaira Tribunes in the Venezuelan Winter League.

4. Danny Gonzalez, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
Former minor league switch-hitter played in all 42 regular season games last season with 52 hits, 14 doubles, three homers, 20 RBIs and 38 runs scored.

5. Mervin Gario, Konica Minolta (Netherlands)
Batted .305 (32-for-105) with nine doubles, 22 walks, 29 runs, 17 RBIs and nine stolen bases for the 2009 Dutch League runner-up.

6. Dirimo Chavez, HCAW (Netherlands)
The 26-year-old Venezuelan national team middle infielder batted .396 with 21 RBIs in the Spanish League a year ago before having a monster tourney at the Baseball World Cup with 12 runs and 13 RBIs.

7. Nestor Perez, Tenerife Marlins (Spain, Pictured)
Playing coach won back-to-back titles in his first two years (2008 and 2009) at the helm and is batting .394 (13-for-33) with five doubles during the first eight games of this season.

8. Chris Beck, Heidenheim Heidekopfe (Germany)
Aussie slugger has batted .474 while tallying 85 runs, 59 RBIs and 37 stolen bases during a two-year stint with the Solingen Alligators.

9. Dennis Kelly, Mannheim Tornados (Germany)
Batted .411 with five triples, eight doubles, 29 runs and 23 RBIs last season for the French League club Montpellier Barracudas last season.

9. Adeyinka Adewusi, Tranas (Sweden)
Batted .369 (34-for-92) with 15 extra-base hits, 28 runs and 18 RBIs while playing stellar defense with a .952 fielding percentage.

10. Octavio Medina, Paderborn (Germany)
Batted .403 (25-for-62) with six extra-base hits with 17 runs, four stolen bases and 24 RBIs in 18 bundesliga games in 2009.

Photo courtesy of Diego Lazaro

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