And today, Kickham is gone (insert "kicked to the curb" joke here):
Huijer is a native of the Netherlands who was signed as an international free agent by the Mariners in 2011 at age 17. He's been mostly a starter in the Seattle system, peaking at High-A last year at age 20. As you can see on his baseball-reference page, his results have been mediocre-to-poor.
However, he's listed at 6-4, 203 and just turned 21 last September. As such, there's still potential upside in Huijer. He was listed as the Mariners' 17th-best prospect by MLB.com last year. Here's what that link says about Huijer:
Scouting grades: Fastball: 50 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45 The Mariners have long been active in Europe, with Huijer's signing out of the Netherlands in 2011 a recent example. Huijer has an interesting three-pitch mix to go along with some projectability. He throws a sinking fastball -- mostly in the upper-80s -- that generates a lot of ground balls. He can also throw his mid-70s curve and upper-70s changeup for strikes. Huijer does a good job of keeping the ball down in the zone.
So, why not? Take a chance on a pitching lottery ticket. I imagine he'll pitch at Myrtle Beach this year. He'll need better velocity to make the major leagues, even with that ground-ball tendency.
And I thought you'd like one more look at this Mike Kickham photo, which a lot of you... got a, uh, kick out of.