Stijn van der Meer
Stijn van der Meer
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 170 lb.
Van der Meer hit .200/.259/.280 for the Netherlands in the 2010 World Junior Championship but had five runs and six RBI in sven games; he led the team in RBI despite a much lower slugging percentage than players like Danny Arribas and Rashid Gerard. He participated in the 2011 MLB European Academy. He then starred in the 2011 European Junior Championship, batting .400/.444/.440 with five RBI in six games to take home MVP honors. He won the Ron Fraser Award as the best youth player in the Netherlands.
Making his Hoofdklasse debut in 2012, he hit .330/.385/.375 with 30 runs in 42 games for UVV with a team-high 53 hits, fielding .949. He was second in the league in hits, one shy of Phil Ortez (and ahead of several former minor leaguers), tied for third in triples (3) and tied Benjamin Dille for 7th with 110 assists. He made the starting lineup for the South in the Hoofdklasse All-Star Game. He also played for the Dutch national team in the 2012 Haarlem Baseball Week, going 7 for 20 with two RBI and no runs. only Mike Duursma had a better average opn a team with five former US minor leaguers and other players with significant international experience.
The Rosmalen native went to the US to play college baseball, missing most of the 2013 Hoofdklasse season (he hit .347/.352/.469 in 14 games back home). For Eastern Oklahoma State, he hit .330/.381/.421. He hit .286 and slugged .381 in the 2013 World Port Tournament, tying Danny Rombley for 6th in slugging. He was named World Port Tournament Best Rookie. The next year in college, he hit .385/.455/.507. Moving to DOOR Neptunus for the Hoofdklasse season, he produced at a .343/.430/.398 clip and scored 32 runs in 27 games. Despite missing a third on the season due to his college stint, he still finished 5th in the 2014 Hoofdklasse in average (between Gilmer Lampe and Christian Diaz), tied Kenny Berkenbosch for 9th in OBP and missed the top 10 in runs by two. He hit .350/.435/.550 with six runs and five RBI in the 2014 European Cup, leading all players with four doubles, tying Gyenuar Lopez for 5th in runs, tying for fifth in total bases and tying for sixth in RBI. He did not play in the 2014 Holland Series (which Neptunus won). He also hit .174/.240/.174 for the Netherlands in the 2014 Haarlem Baseball Week, though he led the team with four runs and his average was .001 better than the team average in a low-offense run.
Van der Meer transferred to Lamar University for 2014-2015 and his batting line for the year was .351/.401/.441. He tied for the Southland Conference lead with 78 hits and was 5th with 40 runs. He made second-team All-Conference at shortstop. He hit .241/.267/.310 in the 2015 World Port Tournament; he and Kevin Moesquit turned seven double plays to lead the event. He batted .500/.464/.654 in the Rotterdam round of the 2015 European Cup with 7 runs and 7 RBI in six games; he tied Luke Sommer for third in the pool in average, was 4th in slugging, tied Giuseppe Mazzanti for second in runs, led in hits (13, one ahead of Dwayne Kemp), tied Gianison Boekhoudt for second in RBI (one behind Rien Vernooij), led in doubles again (4) and tied Kemp for the most total bases. He was named MVP of the Rotterdam round. In the finals, he was 3 for 11 with a run and two RBI as Neptunus beat Fortitudo Bologna for the first European Cup title by a Dutch team in eight years. In the finale, his two-run single off Riccardo De Santis in the first scored Dille and Raily Legito with the game's first runs; he later bunted his way aboard in the 4th and scored on a single by Kemp. He won MVP of the final round as well.
He hit .376/.471/.441 with 44 runs in 54 games as a college senior. He was third in the Southland Conference with 80 hits and led in OBP. He set a school record by reaching in 32 straight games. He then returned to Neptunus for the 2016 European Champions Cup and was 4 for 16 with two walks, three runs, two RBI and two errors. The Houston Astros took him in the 34th round of the 2016 amateur draft. He was the first player from the Netherlands to be drafted since Mike Bolsenbroek in 2008 (several had signed as amateur free agents). He hit .360/.385/.360 with 7 runs in 7 games for the Dutch as they won the 2016 Haarlem Baseball Week. He tied Nick Urbanus and Yurendell de Caster for second in the event in runs, one behind former major leaguer Trent Oeltjen (de Caster also having played in MLB). He also tied Raywendley van Gurp for 4th with 9 hits.
Signing with Houston, he made his minor league debut after Haarlem Baseball Week ended (he had also hit .339 with 15 runs in 16 games for Neptunus in the 2016 Hoofdklasse after the US college season ended). He was assigned to the GCL Astros, where he played alongside 3-time Cuban MVP Yulieski Gurriel. Van der Meer started at SS against the GCL Marlins in his debut, hitting 9th. He singled off Alberto Guerrero in his first at-bat but Gurriel flew out after him. He was retired the other two times up in his debut in the US pro ranks. He got hits in his other three at-bats for the GCL Astros, earning a quick promotion to the Greeneville Astros. He hit .301/.386/.370 in 19 games there for a strong pro debut on the contact and OBP ends.
He was back with the Kingdom of the Netherlands team for the 2016 European Championship, his first major event for his homeland. Starting at short, he hit .357/.455/.357 with 7 runs and 5 RBI in 9 games as the team won the title. He had 36 chances error-free (12 PO, 24 A). In the Gold Medal game, he was 1 for 3 with a walk in a 3-2 win over Spain. His best performance was against #3 Italy. In the 10th inning, down 5-4 with two outs, he singled off Nick Pugliese to score Randolph Oduber with the tying run, then stole second and scored on a hit by Chris Garia to give the Netherlands their spot in the finals. He tied for 7th in the event in runs and was named the European Championship MVP, the fourth event he had been MVP of in his young career.
- 2010 World Junior Championship
- 2011 MLB European Academy
- 2011 European Junior Championship
- 2012 Hoofdklasse stats
- 2012 Haarlem Baseball Week
- 2012-2013 college stats
- 2013 World Port Tournament stats
- 2013-2014 NJCAA stats
- Havana Times on his winning Best Rookie at the 2013 WPT
- 2014 Haarlem Baseball Week
- 2014 Hoofdklasse
- 2014 European Cup
- The Baseball Cube
- Lamar Cardinals
- 2015 World Port Tournament
- 2015 European Cup phase 1
- 2015 European Cup finals
- 2016 European Cup
- 2016 Haarlem Baseball Week
- 2016 European Championship