By Gian Franco Gil
Netherlands manager Hensley Mullens has named right-hander Tom Robin de Blok as the starter against Cuba in the opening game of the V World Classic, journalist Jonah Díaz from Prensa Latina said in his official statement. Facebook profile.
The Caribbean and the Europeans meet at the Taichung Intercontinental Stadium. Tom de Black and Yariel Rodriguez for Cuba in a battle of right-handed pitchers who will look to limit their opponents’ offense in the first innings of the tournament.
Tom De Block, currently a free agent, was born on May 8, 1996 in Amstelveen, Netherlands. According to data from a reputed statistical site, Baseball referenceThe one on the right is 193 cm tall and weighs approximately 108 kg (240 lb).
The Netherlands also added him to their roster during the 2017 World Classic. His performance led to a four-year minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers.
Dutch pitcher Tom de Blok in the minor leagues
Finally, the Cuban contender amassed three seasons of experience in America’s minor leagues. There he worked with the West Michigan Whitecaps, Connecticut Tigers and Lakeland Flying Tigers, and the highest level he reached was Class A Strong.
Meanwhile, during his time near the best baseball on the planet, “Tulip” had 11 wins and 21 losses. Likewise, in 64 appearances at the pitching table, 51 of them as starters, he pitched 294.2 innings in which he struck out 128 and posted a 3.91 ERA.
On the other hand, he showed himself to be a strikeout pitcher in his innings of work, as he struck out 234 batters and walked only 104 men due to a lack of control in his pitching (93 walks and 11 strikeouts).
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The 2021 season began in his home country in the Amsterdam organization, but a deal with Pericos de Puebla took him to professional baseball in Mexico. However, he was only able to make one start there, in which he worked five episodes, supporting seven wins and a pair of frame scores, resulting in his defeat in the challenge.
In addition to the World Cup tournament, de Bloc is one of his qualifications by coordinating his country’s national team at the European Baseball Championship in 2019 and the Africa-Europe Olympic Qualifying Tournament in the same year.