Tim Veraghtert

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Tim Veraghtert has played in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

Veraghtert debuted in 2010 with the Hoboken Pioneers, hitting .255/.356/.289 for the First Division champs. [1] He was 0 for 4 with a walk in the 2010 European Cup. [2] In the 2010 European Junior Championship qualifiers, he was 4 for 9 with two walks, 3 runs and a RBI. [3] The teen hit .333/.479/.439 but fielded only .800 for the 2011 Pioneers, again winning a league title. [4] He produced at a .294/.500/.294 clip with 7 walks in 5 games in the 2011 European Junior Championship. He was one walk behind tourney leader Maik Ehmcke. [5] He was 0 for 5 with four whiffs in the 2011 European Cup. [6] 2012 Belgian stats are incomplete online as of 9/26/18; he moved to the Borgerhout Squirrels that year.

In 2013, he batted .284/.448/.394 with 38 runs in 32 games for the Squirrels while fielding .986, now starting as a catcher. He was 3rd in the loop with 27 walks. [7] He was MVP of one of the qualifiers for the European Cup Pool B. [8] He won his third pennant in 2014, this time with Borgerhout; he hit .373/.500/.441 with 40 runs in 31 games, fielding .989 and catching 25% of would-be base-thieves. He was 6th in average, 3rd in runs (behind Steven De Lannoy and Sam Buelens), was second to Vincent King in OBP and tied for second in walks (26). [9]

Tim made the Belgian national team for the first time, at age 20, in the 2014 European Championship. He was only 1 for 17 with a walk and two runs as their starting catcher; he had 35 chances error-free but 2 passed balls and allowed 11 steals in 13 tries. He struck out in his first at-bat, against Italy's Carlos Richetti, and got his only hit later that day, off Yovani D'Amico. [10] He signed with Germany's Mannheim Tornados for 2015. [11] Playing third base primarily, he fielded .960 and hit .227/.350/.258. He was third in the southern Bundesliga-1 in fielding at 3B, .003 behind Josh Petersen and .001 behind Ludwig Glaser, but was also second in the league with 37 strikeouts. [12]

He hit .411/~.576/.518 in limited time for the 2016 Squirrels. [13] He also spent part of the year in the Dutch Hoofdklasse, hitting only .140/.259/.220 in 17 games in that tougher league. [14] He was back with Belgium at the 2016 European Championship, hitting .286/.412/.286 while splitting the catching with the even-younger Benjamin Goffaux. [15]

Back with Borgerhout for all of 2017, he hit .392/.507/.608 for the champs. He scored 40 and drove in 41 in 35 games, while fielding .992 and catching a third of those who ran on him. He finished 5th in the league in average, 2nd in slugging, 3rd in OBP, 3rd in runs, 2nd in RBI, tied Robin Roevens for the most doubles (14), tied Joannes Ochoa for the most homers (4), 3rd in total bases (73) and tied for 6th in walks (25). [16] He also played in the 2017 Federations Cup, batting .333/.520/.444 with 9 runs and 7 RBI in 6 games as the Squirrels won the Cup. He tied Emmanuel Febles for 2nd in the event in runs and tied for 5th in RBI. [17]

In the 2018 CEB Cup, Veraghtert helped the Squirrels win. He hit .429/.579/.786 with 6 runs in 5 games, including one of the runs in a 2-0 finals victory over the Bonn Capitals. He led the event with 64 error-free chances and also gunned down 5 of 8 attempted stealers. He was 8th in the event in OBP and led in runners caught stealing. [18] He played for Belgium in the 2018 Super6.