Danny Arribas signs professional contract
EINDHOVEN (Neth.) -
On Monday, May 23, it was announced that Dutch baseball-player Danny Arribas has signed a professional contract with the organization of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The 18-year old third baseman recently attended a try-out by Pittsburgh-scouts in the Dominican Republic, which led to the contract.
A month ago, Arribas already impressed during the European MLB Try-out Camp in Haarlem (Netherlands).
Arribas has not yet been assigned to a team, but probably will start his professional career in one of the Rookie League-teams of Pittsburgh.
Currently, Arribas is playing for PSV in the 'Overgangsklasse', the second highest league in the Netherlands.
After last weekend, PSV is in a tie for fifth place with a 9-5 record with Tex Town Tigers.
In the weekend, PSV was beaten twice (5-3 and 9-6) by Euro Stars, which shares first place with RCH-Pingu´ns, who are both 12-2.
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Arribas, who started his career with Twins in Oosterhout, was a member of the Dutch National Junior Team (AAA) in 2009 and 2010.
Last year, he participated with the squad in the World Junior Championship in Canada and was the team's best hitter with a .391 batting average (9-for-23).
He hit three doubles, scored five runs and had one run batted in.
His .391 average was tenth best overall in the tournament in which the Dutch Team finished in sixth place.
Second best hitter in the Dutch Junior Team last year in Canada with a .379 average was Nick Urbanus (L&D Amsterdam Pirates), who will make his professional debut next month in the Rookie League-team of the Texas Rangers.
Also playing for the team was Rodney Daal, who batted .161, and also will make his professional debut this year in the Rookie League-team of the San Diego Padres.
Another member of the squad were lefthander pitcher Scott Ronnenbergh, who made his pro-debut last year in the Rookie League-team of the Seattle Mariners.
Ronnenbergh, who also will play professionally this season, last year appeared in eight games in which he threw 12 2/3 inning.
He struckout eight batters, walked eleven, gave up 12 hits, was 0-1 and had one save.
Also playing for the Dutch Juniors was outfielder Raoell Kortstam, who played in 20 professional games last year in the Rookie League-team of the Boston Red Sox, hitting .143.
This year, Kortstam is back in the Netherlands and recently made his debut in the Dutch big league playing for L&D Amsterdam Pirates.
In recent years, Danny Arribas also played for Bixie Baseball Academy in Eindhoven (Netherlands) and he now becomes the first player from this Academy to sign a professional contract.