Every once in a while, a search term comes up often enough that I feel compelled to research the subject and “answer” the potential readers who are blindly wandering the back alleys of the internet searching for obscure facts about minor league baseball.
I have to admit that I don’t think the searches are all about the Dutch import’s stats.
While the Beloit Snappers’ (Twins) website doesn’t differentiate starters from relievers, it does seem pretty clear that Van Mil’s 15 appearances and 25 innings translate to a bullpen role. One in which he has put together a decent line of 1W, 0L, 2 saves, 28 Ks and a 2.52 ERA.
But I suspect the searches are bolstered somewhat by the fact that Ludovicus Van Mil of Oss, Netherlands, stands 7′ 1″ and weighs 232. Pounds, not Kilos. Put that on top of a regulation 10-inch mound, and you’re looking at one Big Metric Unit.
The only video I could find of Loek is from 2007, but let’s have a look anyway. Watch for at least 40 seconds to see the big guy take off to cover first:
I can’t help but wonder if those stretch limo legs are screwing up Van Mil’s delivery a bit. We’ll keep an eye on him and let you know if he advances out of A ball.