MB 100 | Top 40 | No. 26 Lars Huijer, RHP

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== No wooden cleats, to our knowledge ==

MB 100 | No. 26 Lars Huijer

RHP | 2014 age: 20 | 6-4, 183

International free agent from the Netherlands

2013 ranking: Not ranked

Year Age Tm Lev W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2011 17 2 Teams Fgn-Rk 2 4 5.72 13 11 0 50.1 76 38 32 3 19 25 1.887 13.6 0.5 3.4 4.5
2012 18 Pulaski Rk 1 2 3.86 21 0 2 32.2 39 16 14 1 14 21 1.622 10.7 0.3 3.9 5.8
2013 19 Everett A- 8 2 3.03 14 13 0 71.1 57 25 24 2 23 61 1.121 7.2 0.3 2.9 7.7
4 Seasons 11 8 4.01 49 24 2 157.0 174 79 70 6 57 110 1.471 10.0 0.3 3.3 6.3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/24/2014.

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Spectometer Analysis:

Year Age Lvl HR% BB% XBH + BB% ISO K% PSA+ Conv+ Comp
Age Arc Goal < 1% Goal < 6% Goal < 14% Goal < .100 Goal > 20% Strong prospect > 100
2011 17 “-2” 3.08% 3.08% 15.38% 0.216 13.85% 98 68 65
2012 18 “-1” 0.66% 9.27% 16.56% 0.109 13.91% 77 91 69
2013 19 “0” 0.67% 7.69% 11.37% 0.058 20.40% 116 119 135

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Special Sauce:

  • Pitched in the Dutch professional league at age 16, and again at 17 until signed by the Mariners.
  • In 104.0 IP over the last two seasons, he’s given up only 3 home runs.
  • While it was the French navy that penned in Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, it was Dutch credit that allowed the American Revolution to continue.

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Commentary:

No one who was in the organization in 2012 made a higher leap in the rankings than Huijer — from completely off the chart to No. 26.  Does that make him a “Flying Dutchman?”  Of course.

And every brilliant start is a “Dutch Master.”

But what do we have other than he’s Dutch?

  • A run of five starts midseason in which he gave up 0 runs and just 1 extra-base hit (a double) in 25.2 IP.
  • ISO-against of .058, the best of any regular starter in a U.S. league in the Mariner organization.
  • Equal-opportunity shut-downs with an OPS-against vs. RH hitters of .618 and OPS-against vs. LH hitters of .557.

At 19 and pitching in Short Season-A Everett, Huijer clearly established himself as a solid starting option going forward.  He’ll have plenty of company — Victor Sanchez, Edwin Diaz, Luiz Gohara and Tyler Pike to name a few — but he has the look of the dogged solid-citizen who comes along with the flashier group (maybe like Erasmo Ramirez and the Big Three).

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Extra Innings:

I used this with Huijer’s “plateau leap” article, but it’s too fitting not to use again.  The Haarlem Shake.

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2 thoughts on “MB 100 | Top 40 | No. 26 Lars Huijer, RHP

  1. Good write up. i’m just curious where al the comments are coming from that the “Nederlandse Hoofdklasse” is a proffesional league. (it does say so on Wikipedia) As far as i know the players do get some kind of expense allowance but most of them also have a regular day job.

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