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Kevin Heijstek

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 4", Weight 214 lb.

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Kevin Heijstek allowed 3 runs in 3 1/3 innings for the Dutch team in the 2004 World Junior Championship. He debuted in Hoofdklasse in 2005. The 17-year-old hurler allowed one run in two innings for DOOR Neptunus that season. He won the Roel de Mon Award in 2004-2005 as the best young pitcher in the Netherlands. In 2006, Heijstek was 5-3 with a 5.67 ERA for Neptunus. He pitched in the 2006 World Junior Championship.

Kevin improved to 4-2, 2.68 in the 2007 Hoofdklasse. In 2008, Kevin improved to 7-1, 1.48. He did not give up a home run in 54 2/3 IP. He was third in ERA behind Rob Cordemans and David Bergman and tied for 8th in wins as a solid up-and-comer. He tossed six shutout innings in the 2008 European Cup.

The tall right-hander got a bigger role in 2009 when Leon Boyd signed with the Toronto Blue Jays shortly before the season began. He then joined the Dutch squad for the 2009 World Port Tournament, going 0-1 with 7 runs and 9 hits in 3 2/3 IP. For the 2009 Hoofdklasse season, Heijstek was successful, going 10-3 with a 2.13 ERA. He was 7th in the league in ERA, 4th in WHIP, tied David Bergman for second in complete games (3, trailing Ryan Murphy), tying Bergman and Murphy for the shutout lead (3) and tying Murphy and Diegomar Markwell for the win lead.

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