05 March, 2006

Alexander Smit Dispatches: Smit makes the cut

Alexander Smit, Donutball's adopted Minor Leaguer, has made the final roster for the Netherlands WBC team.

Eenhoorn sees a bright future for lefty Alexander Smit, who is in the Minnesota organization. "He's a young pitcher with good stuff," Eenhoorn said. "He's still developing, but I'd rather take a guy with good stuff who's still learning the game than one who has been around but doesn't have the stuff."..

Lefty Smit has never pitched higher than A ball, spending most of his three years in the U.S. at the Rookie ball level. This represents a major step in his young career. He's still only 20.

The guess at this blog is that Smit will pitch little more than one inning. He's been converted to short relief by Minnesota and saw action in the recent World Cup as a one-inning only guy.

Nevertheless, we're delighted the guy is getting a chance to pitch against Major Leaguers in a competitive situation. Go Alexander! Hoep Holland, hoep!


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