May’s featured International Star is Dylan Verdonk, a 6’9 Right-Handed pitcher from the Netherlands who just completed his first year attending and playing for NCAA Division I Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Dylan grew up playing for the Tex Town Tigers (TTT) in Enschede – a small town in the far eastern part of the Netherlands, bordering Germany. Dylan possessed such a strong passion and love for the game that as he progressed to higher levels in the Netherlands, including the Junior (U-18) National Team, he began making 3 hour daily train rides across the country in order to practice and play against the highest competition possible, so he could continue to develop.
Dylan has been with the International Stars as a pitcher at the 2013 Prague Baseball Week AND as a participant in the Fall 2014 College Showcase where he was scouted and recruited by Seton Hall University’s Pitching Coach. In his first year at Seton Hall, which plays in the Big East Conference, Dylan had a perfect 0.00 E.R.A. in 6 games, only giving up 1 extra-base hit and 2 walks in 9 innings of work and also picked up his first collegiate win in the month of May. For all his accomplishments, and perseverance on and off the field, Dylan has earned the Feature Star for the month of May.
It was a busy Spring (and Summer) season for Dylan, playing the entire year in America for the first time, but we had a chance to catch-up with the “Dutch Pirate” and ask him about his first year of playing college baseball in America. Check out his Q and A here: