Pim Walsma

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Pim Walsma

Pim Walsma

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 4", Weight 172 lb.

Pim Walsma is on the Dutch roster for the 2008 Olympics. He debuted in Hoofdklasse in 2005 and went 1-6 with a 5.11 ERA, walking 38 in 44 innings for the Amsterdam Pirates; he was 5th in the league in free passes. He fell to 1-6, 6.75 in 2006 with 40 walks in 37 1/3 innings, finishing 6th in walks. He participated in the MLB European Academy that summer.

In 2007, Walsma was 1-2 with a save and a 7.62 ERA for Amsterdam, with 19 hits and 13 walks in 13 innings. He also went to junior college in the USA, going 2-3 with a 3.27 ERA for Lower Columbia. In 2008, he began the season 1-4 with 5 saves and a 4.22 ERA, fanning 48 in 42 2/3 IP.

Walsma was added to the Dutch national team for the 2008 Haarlem Baseball Week. He allowed one run (and just one walk!) in 6 2/3 IP in the event and was kept on the roster for the 2008 Olympics. In Beijing, Pim allowed 8 hits and 6 runs in 4 innings; his 13.50 ERA was second-worst on the Netherlands staff. He threw three wild pitches in one inning against Team USA, allowing Terry Tiffee to advance from first to home. He won the 2008 Guus van der Heijden Memorial Trophy as the best Dutch international player aged 23 or under.

In the 2008 Hoofdklasse, Pim went 1-4 with a 3.58 ERA and went 10-for-10 in save opportunities, fanning 57 in 50 1/3 IP. He was third in the league in K/IP, tied Aristides Almenar for second in saves (one behind Michiel van Kampen) and ranked 8th in strikeouts. He got a win and a save in the playoffs. In the 2008 Holland Series, Walsma allowed one hit and no runs in 3 2/3 IP, fanning four and saving two games to help Amsterdam win its first title in 21 years.

Walsma pitched for the Dutch team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, getting a start against the Puerto Rican national team. He walked five in two innings and allowed one run on walks to Jesus Feliciano and Ramon Vazquez, a wild pitch and a grounder by Carlos Beltrán. He took the loss in a 5-0 decision.

Walsma allowed one run in 3 innings in the 2009 European Cup's Nettuno phase. In the Final Four of the Cup, he walked two and allowed one run in one inning. In the 2009 World Port Tournament, Walsma gave up six hits and four runs in 3 2/3 IP.