MLB European League Prospects

by DarkSide830 - 7 cards (Last updated on Feb 18, 2021)



1. 1999 Fleer Tradition Update #U-9 Jeff Zimmerman


FBL - Montpelier - 1993 (FBL champions)

MLB - Texas Rangers - 1999-2001 (1999 All Star)

After college, Zimmerman linked up with the Montpelier Barracudas and aided their first of three straight French Div. 1 titles. He later resurfaced in the Northern League in 1997, then shot to the Major early in his second affiliated season and was a rare rookie setup man to make the All Star Game.


2. 2002 Donruss Best of Fan Club #U218 Jason Simontacchi


IBL - Rimini - 2000 (IBL champions)

MLB - St. Louis Cardinals - 2002-2004
MLB - Wasgingtion Nationals - 2007

Simontacchi's 2000 was one for the ages. The former KC and PIT prospect dazzled for the eventual IBL champs Rimini, then was brilliant in a mixed role in the 2000 Olympics. Eventually debuting for the Cardinals in 2002, Jason would record a 11-5 record as a rookie for the eventual NL Central champs.


3. 2020 Topps - 1985 Topps 35th Anniversary #85-29 Robel Garcia


Italy (ind.) - 2016
IBL - Bologna - 2017-2018 (2018 IBL champions)

MLB - Chicago Cubs - 2019

Garcia's meteoric rise from star of Europe's 2018 Super6 tournament to MLB folk hero on July 4th 2019 wast the stuff of legends. The former Bologna standout aced two levels of the Minors in his 2019 return to affiliated ball, then finished a double short of the cycle in his first start.


4. 2016 Topps Update #US124 Junior Guerra


DH - Sant Boi - 2010 (DH champions)
IBL - San Marino - 2014 (Euro Cup)

MLB - Chicago White Sox - 2015
MLB - Milwaukee Brewers - 2016-2019
MLB - Arizona Diamondbacks - 2020

In between the end of his first affiliated stint in 2008 and the start of his second with the White Sox in 2015, Guerra played summer ball in Spain, Wichita, Mexico, and Italy. The final of the four saw him capture a European Cup title and a contract with the Chicago, who promoted him late in 2015. Starting with a dominant 2016, (2.81 ERA in 20 starts) Guerra provided a swing arm. Despite not debuting until after his 30th birthday, Guerra nevertheless has carved out a strong career in the Majors.


5. 2018 Choice Lakewood BlueClaws #23 Ramon Rosso


DH - CB Barcelona - 2015

MLB - Philadelphia Phillies - 2020-

Rosso nearly gave up on baseball after he never git into the game during his short tenure in the Dodgers system, but ultimately preserved. An ERA of 2.80 between seven levels from the DSL to AAA between 2017 and 2019 and an offseason stop at Driveline saw Ramon make Philly's 2020 Opening Day roster.


6. 2011 Topps #83 Greg Halman


DUTM - Kinheim - 2003-?, 2008

MLB - Seattle Mariners - 2010-2011

Before his debut with Seattle in 2010 and his untimely death just over a year later, Halman spent two stints in the Dutch Major League, playing his first pro games with Kinheim back in 2003, then reuniting with the club again in 2008.


7. 2010 MultiAd Windy City ThunderBolts #8 Ryan Bollinger


Bundesliga - Munich-Haar - 2017

MLB - New York Yankees - 2018*

A player who has seen four continents during his baseball career, Bollinger was Germany's best pitcher in 2017, dazzling with a 0.76 ERA and a 10-1 record with Munich-Haar. His great season caught the eye of the Yankees, who gave him a shot in 2018. He posted a 3.87 ERA between the club's AA and AAA affiliates. Though he did not get into a game with the Yankees, he did become a phantom Major Leaguer thanks to two promotions that year.

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Feb 7, 2021 - 7:59PM
DarkSide830

Looking for suggestions for any players I missed.



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