Yurendell Eithel DeCaster (born September 26, 1979) is a former professional baseball third baseman. He played part of one season in Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played for Team Netherlands in the 2019 European Baseball Championship, and at the Africa/Europe 2020 Olympic Qualification tournament, in Italy in September 2019.
|Born: September 26, 1979|
Brievengat, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
|May 21, 2006, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 7, 2006, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Runs batted in||0|
He spent the entire 2005 season with Triple-A Indianapolis Indians, where he made 28 appearances at third base, 25 at first base, 13 at second base and 58 in the outfield. He posted a .280 batting average with 11 home runs and 61 RBI, and also led his club in games played (122) and doubles (31).
Besides, he had a productive 2005–2006 season while playing for the Caribes de Anzoátegui of the Venezuelan Winter League, when he batted .325 (68-for-209) with 17 home runs and 47 RBI in just 60 games. His 17 home runs tied him with Tom Evans for the league lead.
In 2006, DeCaster returned to Indianapolis, with whom he spent most of the season. In 119 games with the Indians, he batted .273 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI. He was called up to the Pirates twice, from May 21–24 and June 5–13, and appeared in three games. He struck out in both of his at-bats in the majors.
He was released on December 9, 2006, but came back to Pittsburgh in 2007 and spent the whole season in the minor leagues with them.
On November 27, 2007, DeCaster signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals that included an invitation to the 2008 spring training. He then was assigned to the Double-A Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League to begin the regular season, becoming a free agent at the end of the season.
In February 2009, DeCaster signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers, but was released in April.
He began the 2009 season with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the Northern League, but on June 29, 2009, DeCaster's contract was purchased by the New York Yankees, who assigned him to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. He was released on September 2.
He later played with the Reynosa Broncos of the Mexican League in 2010 and 2011, collecting a .339 average in 101 games for them in his season debut. He entered 2012 with the Olmecas de Tabasco, before joining the independent Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association during the midseason. He won the league championship, as the Goldeyes swept the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in the first round, 3 games to 0, and did the same with the Wichita Wingnuts in the championship finals 3 games to 0.
DeCaster has played for the Netherlands national team in the World Baseball Classic during the 2006, 2009, and 2013 tournaments. And also he was named to the Dutch roster for the 2014 France International Baseball Tournament, 2014 European Baseball Championship, 2015 World Port Tournament, 2015 WBSC Premier12, 2016 Haarlem Baseball Week, 2016 France International Baseball Tournament, and the 2016 European Baseball Championship.
In the 2009 WBC edition, he lined a ball hard off of first-baseman Willy Aybar (credited an error) to score the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning in his team's second game against the Dominican Republic team, securing the Netherlands a second-round berth in Pool 2.
DeCaster returned to Winnipeg in 2013 and ended the year with the Acereros de Monclova. He combined for a .315 average in 94 games for both teams, including 13 homers, 64 RBI, and 171 total bases for a .461 slugging average.
He played for Team Netherlands in the 2019 European Baseball Championship, at the Africa/Europe 2020 Olympic Qualification tournament in Italy in September 2019, and at the 2019 WBSC Premier12.
- Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks news Archived August 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- Activated DeCaster released Archived September 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- 2009 Baseball World Cup news
- Roger Bernadina in EK-selectie Nederland de Nederlandse honkbalsite (in Dutch)
- Nederlands honkbalteam opent EK tegen Kroatië The Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association official site (in Dutch)
- Definitieve selectie Kingdom of the Netherlands voor de Premier12 KNBSB (in Dutch)
- Garia en de Caster meest opvallende namen in selectie Honkbalweek KNBSB (in Dutch)
- Rob Cordemans met Koninkrijksteam naar Sénart Honkbalsite | Honkbalnieuws uit Nederland (in Dutch)
- Bernadina voor EK terug in nationale ploeg Honkbalsite | Honkbalnieuws uit Nederland (in Dutch)
- Martinez M., Erick (2016-01-08). "Yurendell de Caster se siente en deuda". El Nuevo Diario (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-12-13.