Swen Huijer

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Swen Sebastian Huijer (The Big Dutchman)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 9", Weight 225 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Swen Huijer is a Boston Red Sox farmhand. His brother Lars Huijer signed with the Seattle Mariners.

Huijer was scouted by several US teams while pitching for Pioniers 2 in Eerste Klasse. The Boston Red Sox inked him to a 7-year deal in April of 2008. He had drawn the team's attention with 3 shutout innings against an older Italian squad. The 6' 9" right-hander (not as tall as an other recent Dutch signees, Loek van Mil), was the second Dutch pitcher signed by the Red Sox, following Win Remmerswaal in the 1970s.

Huijer made his US debut for the GCL Red Sox on June 23, allowing two hits but no runs in one inning and getting the win over the GCL Orioles. After 6 games, he was 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA. He had only struck out 2 in 10 1/3 IP but had walked none. Huijer then took a break from GCL play to join the Dutch squad in the 2008 World Junior Championship. He allowed 5 runs in 2 innings in a loss to the US and 2 in 4 in a no-decision against the Czech Republic. He would pitch two more games in the US to finish 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA on the year, walking none in 16 innings.

Back with the GCL Red Sox in 2009, Swen was 1-1 with a 3.67 ERA. He walked one in 27 innings while striking out more batters (20).