Loek van Mil
Ludovicus Jacobus Maria Van Mil
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 7' 1", Weight 260 lb.
- High School Erasmus College Eindhoven
Van Mil debuted in Hoofdklasse in 2005 with HCAW, going 2-3 with a 5.26 ERA at age 20. He allowed 59 hits in 51 1/3 IP, struck out 34 and walked 24. He was signed to a 7-year deal in 2005 by scout Howard Norsetter for the Minnesota Twins, though the Seattle Mariners had also shown interest. At 7' 1", the Twins had trouble finding pants that fit for his first spring training.
Van Mil threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings for HCAW in 2006, spending most of the year with the GCL Twins. He was 1-2 with a 3.30 ERA in 10 games, 8 of them starts. In 2007, the tall right-hander had a 2-2, 2.63 record in 13 relief stints for the Elizabethton Twins and held opponents to a .171 average, though he walked 17 in 24 innings. He struck out 23 batters.
Van Mil joined the Dutch national team for the first time for the 2007 Baseball World Cup. He pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings in a save against the Venezuelan national team and threw three shutout frames for a save against the South Korean national team to keep the Dutch hopes alive for the quarterfinals; they would advance after they upset Cuba the next game. van Mil threw 3 2/3 scoreless frames against the host Taiwan national team in the quarterfinals to help the Netherlands win again. van Mil pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the Bronze Medal game against the Japanese national team but was yanked after a walk to open the 8th and the runner came around to score. van Mil still finished the Cup with a 0.71 ERA, second to Kenny Berkenbosch on the 4th-place Dutch team. He led the Netherlands with two saves.
Van Mil began 2008 with the Beloit Snappers and was 2-2 with 3 saves and a 3.22 ERA and 42 strikeouts in his first 44 2/3 IP. He was then placed on the Dutch roster for the 2008 Olympics but was injured prior to the Games and was replaced by veteran Dave Draijer. Because of that injury, he could not participate in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. After missing the first seven weeks of the 2009 season while in rehab, he was added to the Fort Myers Miracle roster, competing in the Advanced A Florida State League. Later that year, he was promoted to the New Britain Rock Cats in the AA Eastern League. He finished the year 1-1 with a 2.79 ERA in 42 games between the two clubs.
Van Mil throws a mid 90's fastball, a slider and a change-up. His fastball has been clocked up to 99 mph. After the 2009 season, Van Mil would have been Rule V eligible but was added to the Twins' 40-man roster. He struggled in 2010 with the Miracle and Rock Cats, going a composite 1-3 with a 6.15 ERA and 22 walks in 33 2/3 innings. He was then dealt to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Brian Fuentes, but only pitched one inning in the Angels' system after the trade. He attended spring training with the Angels in 2011.
Sources: Honkbalsite, Marco Stoovelaar's Dutch baseball site, Dutch baseball stats, 2007 Twins Media Guide, MILB.com, Defunct IBAF site, Article on van Mil's first spring training in the US