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Tom de Blok & Calten Daal close season on disabled list

...Tom de Blok pitching for the Netherlands during...
...the 2017 World Baseball Classic in Japan...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
COMSTOCK PARK, Michigan / DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (USA) - Dutch pitcher Tom de Blok and Curaçao-born infielder Calten Daal have closed their Minor League-season on the disabled list. 22-year old De Blok was active in his second professional season, while 25-year old Daal plays professionally since 2013. This season, their respective teams advanced to the Play-Offs.

In the first round of the Play-Offs in the Midwest League, West Michigan Whitecaps, the team of Tom de Blok, swept Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles Dodgers) in two games. With that, West Michigan advances to the Semi-Final against Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays). This time, the Whitecaps were swept themselves in the best-of-three, losing 6-5 and 3-1. In the best-of-five Final, Bowling Green plays against Peoria Chiefs (St. Louis Cardinals). The series is currently tied at 1-1.

Daal's team Daytona Tortugas advanced to the Final of the Florida State League. In the best-of-five, the team played against Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota Twins) and lost the Final, 3-1.

Tom de Blok pitched in his last game for West Michigan Whitecaps on August 4. On that day, the righthander started against Dayton Dragons with West Michigan winning 4-1. De Blok threw four solid innings, struckout two and gave up only two basehits. Before taking the mound for the fifth inning, De Blok was replaced with an unspecified injury. He left the mound with a 4-0 lead, but as he didn't pitch the required five innings as starting pitcher, De Blok was not credited with the win. Two days later, De Blok was placed on the disabled list and has not played since.

...Calten Daal in Minor League Spring Training 2016...
(© Photo: Freek Bouw/Phrake Photography)
This year, De Blok was 1-2 with a 3.15 ERA in eight games for West Michigan, which plays at the Single-A level. In 45 2/3 inning, he struckout 30 batters, walked 16 and gave up 44 basehits. De Blok also pitched for Lakeland Flying Tigers in Single-A Advanced. There, he threw in 11 games and was 4-4 with a 5.98 ERA. With Lakeland, he struckout 41 batters in 55 2/3 inning and walked 20, while giving up 65 basehits. In total, De Blok pitched in 19 games this season, all as a starter.

Last year, De Blok made his professional debut in the organization of the Detroit Tigers. He then was 4-2 with a 2.87 ERA with 73 strikeouts in 78 1/3 inning. Last season, De Blok pitched in 24 games, including twelve as starter. In 23 of these games, he also played for West Michigan. He pitched one game for Connecticut Tigers in Single-A Short Season.

Short stop Calten Daal already has been sidelined longer. He played his last game on May 22 for Daytona Tortugas (Single-A, Cincinnati Reds). On that day, he was 2-for-4 and scored a run in a 4-3 win against Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami Marlins).

Daal was placed on the disabled list on May 24 with a shoulder inflammation and has not played since.

Daal played in only four games this year in May, as he also had started the season on the disabled list in April.

(September 14)

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