Sicnarf Loopstok

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Sicnarf Frangeli Loopstok

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Sicnarf Loopstok reached AA in 2018.

He hit .385 and slugged .462 for the Aruban national team in the 2010 Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament; at age 17, he led the team in average by .085 ahead of Joseph Maduro. He split time between catcher and third base. He tied fellow teen Christian Diaz for the team lead with five hits. [1] He came to the US for junior college (going to Western Oklahoma State, a prominent stop for Dutch nationals) and was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 13th round of the 2013 Amateur Draft. The scout was Mark Allen. [2] He debuted that summer with the short-season A Mahoning Valley Scrappers, hitting .205/.247/.247 while backing up Martin Červenka at catcher. He won an award, though, taking the Moniker Madness contest, beating Stryker Trahan in the finals. His father's name is "Francis" - his name is "Francis" spelled backwards. [3]

He saw limited action in 2014 with the Lake County Captains (.278/.366/.472 in 10 G) and AZL Indians (76 for 15, 3B, 4 HR, 3 BB, 6 R, 6 RBI). His numbers fell in 2015, split between the Scrappers (3 for 14, 2B, 3 BB, 4 R, RBI), Captains (.186/.271/.279 in 14 G) and Lynchburg Hillcats (.218/.294/.437 in 28 G). He was the primary backup to Eric Haase with Lynchburg. In '16, he played again for Lake County (.213/.260/.277 in 16 G) and Lynchburg (.281/.363/.410 in 55 G). He made huge strides with the 2017 Hillcats, producing at a .249/.346/.456 clip with 28 doubles and 17 home runs. He mostly played 1B, but also played C, 3B, LF and RF regularly. He was 8th in the Carolina League in runs (67), tied Matt Rose for 9th in doubles, tied Michael Chavis and Zack Collins for 4th in dingers, tied Ka'ai Tom for 5th in RBI (65), was 5th in total bases (192), was 5th in slugging (between Yermin Mercedes and Jose Sermo) and tied Lucas Erceg for 2nd in extra-base hits (49, 2 behind Ryan Mountcastle). He was named the league's All-Star DH, though fellow Dutch national Ademar Rifaela was named MVP. [4]

Loopstok did not do as well in 2018, with the Akron RubberDucks, hitting .225/.361/.418, still showing good secondary skills but not making enough contact. He fielded .993, back behind the plate regularly, where he split time with Daniel Salters. Having played for Aruba 8 years prior, he now made the Kingdom of the Netherlands national team, for the 2018 Super6. He continued a recent trend of Aruban catchers for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, following Shawn Zarraga (2010-2017) and Chad Tromp (2016-2017). After Dashenko Ricardo caught the opener, Loopstok excelled in the next three games. He was 1 for 3 with a walk, 2 runs and a two-run homer against Germany, going deep off veteran Andre Hughes. Against archrival Italy, he was 3 for 4 with two homers and 3 RBI, going yard against former NPB hurler Alessandro Maestri and Filippo Crepaldi. Then, against Spain, he went 1 for 4 with a walk, run and RBI. The last two games were rained out, including the title match, giving the unbeaten Netherlands the first Super6 title. Loopstok was named the first Super6 MVP; he had finished 9th in the high-offense event in average (.455, between Giuseppe Mazzanti and Dwayne Kemp), 4th in slugging (1.273, between former major leaguer Alex Liddi and Dennis De Quint), 9th in OBP (.538, between Daniel Sánchez and Lesther Galván), tied for 8th in RBI and tied for 2nd in home runs (two behind another ex-big leaguer, Chris Colabello). He also threw out the only runner who tried to steal against him, Robel Garcia. [5]

Related Sites[edit]

  1. COPABE website, now defunct
  2. 2018 Indians Media Guide, pg. 285
  3. on 2013 Moniker Madness
  4. on 2017 Carolina League awards
  5. 2018 Super6