Lars Benjamin Huijer
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 183 lb.
- High School Herbert Vissers College
Dutch right-hander Lars Huijer was signed to a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners in May 2011. The deal is for seven years and the scouts were Wayne Norton and Peter van Dalen. His brother Swen Huijer had earlier signed with the Boston Red Sox.
At age 14, he became the youngest player ever invited to the MLB European Academy in Tirennia, Italy. In the 2009 World Youth Championship, Lars was 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA and struck out a team-high nine batters in his nine innings of work. He beat the Czech Republic but lost to Cuba. Huijer was part of the Dutch Junior National Team that played at the 2010 World Junior Championship in Canada. He beat Panama in a relief outing and got no-decisions in a rocky start against the Czech Republic and a strong game against Italy.
His debut was in Hoofdklasse in 2010; in one game, he struck out 3 in 2 2/3 shutout innings. In 2011, he was a starting pitcher for the Hoofddorp Pioniers, where he started with a 2-2 record in seven starts with an ERA of 5.67. He has struck out 14 batters in 33 1/3 innings, walking twelve.
Huijer came to the U.S. in 2011 and made his pro debut with the AZL Mariners, going 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 5 appearances. He pitched in the Mariners' organization from 2011 to 2014, reaching advanced Class A with the High Desert Mavericks of the California League in 2014. His best season was in 2013 with the Everett AquaSox, where he was 8-2, 3,03 in 14 games. On January 15, 2015, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs in return for Mike Kickham.
- Dutch newspaper article (translated via Google)
- Mister Baseball
- 2009 World Youth Championship
- 2010 World Junior Championship