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Berry van Driel

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 4", Weight 198 lb.

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Berry van Driel made his debut with the Dutch national team in 2007. It was his first year solely as a pitcher, having also been an infielder in the past.

van Driel debuted in Hoofdklasse in 2002 with ADO. He hit .282/.341/.295 for the 2005 Tornado's and fielded .879 as their main third baseman. He tied for 6th in Hoofdklasse with 44 hits. On the hill, the 20-year-old was 0-2 with 2 saves and a 6.75 ERA. In 2006, van Driel batted .224/.327/.259 while manning second base for ADO. He was 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in his two mound appearances.

In 2007, van Driel became a full-time pitcher and went 3-1 with 5 saves and a 3.71 ERA. He walked 27 in 34 IP. Despite that mediocre performance, he still joined the Dutch national team for a historic visit to the US where they played the College US team. He threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the 2007 World Port Tournament. He was not on the Dutch squad for the 2007 European Championship but returned for the 2007 Baseball World Cup. He pitched one scoreless inning against the bottom-dwelling Thai national team in the first Dutch game of the tournament and did not appear again as the team finished 4th.

Van Driel tossed three shutout innings for Neptunus in the 2008 European Cup in Regensburg despite 3 walks and 2 hits allowed; he fanned four. In the 2008 Hoofdklasse, Berry was 0-1 with two saves and a 4.30 ERA for Neptunus and allowed two runs in 2/3 innings in the playoffs.

Given his 2008 performance and the addition to the Dutch squad of more US pros, it was a surprise that van Driel was picked for the Dutch roster in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He walked 3 and allowed 3 hits and two runs in two innings in the Classic; only Juan Carlos Sulbaran had a higher ERA for the Orange. Van Driel pitched the 6th inning against Puerto Rico, allowing a hit to Carlos Beltran, walks to Carlos Delgado and Alex Rios and a single to Hiram Bocachica; he struck out both Bernie Williams and Felipe Lopez that inning. He then pitched the 8th inning in the final Netherlands game, a loss to Team USA; he walked Kevin Youkilis, retired Mark DeRosa and Shane Victorino, gave up a RBI double to Brian McCann and then got Chris Iannetta out.

Van Driel had a save and a 2.45 ERA in the 2009 World Port Tournament. In the 2009 Hoofdklasse, he was 3-0 with four saves and a 1.23 ERA for Neptunus. He allowed only 14 hits in 29 1/3 IP.

Sources: Honkbalsite, Dutch stats, IBAF site, 2008 European Cup in Regensburg, World Baseball Classic

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