Halaman was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2004 out of the Netherlands. He was the Dutch League MVP for his final year in his homeland, so he came to the states as a toolsy–but unrefined–talent. He was compared to a young Andre Dawson, which is pretty high praise.
Halaman had a bit of a rocky start, and in 2006-2007 bounced between Short Season and Low-A ball…showing lots of tools, but also too many strikeouts.
In 2008 he blew up though, ending the season in AA ball and being ranked Seattle’s #1 prospect. He was still striking out way too much, but the power was real and projected well to the big leagues. Many felt he just had to refine his hitting skills, and the sky was the limit.
2009 was not kind to Halman, and in 506 at bats he only carried a .698 OPS. He did hit 25 HR, but his 183 K’s to only 29 walks were just not going to cut it.
He moved up to AAA in 2010 and had a slightly better year. 33 HR, .310 OBP. Still K’ed 169 times to 37 walks. He would be rewarded with his season with 29 at bats in the majors.
He would spend most of 2011 in the minors, showing his normal mix of power and K’s, through there was some improvement in his contact skills. He would get 87 at bats with Seattle, striking out 32 times to only 2 walks.
In November 2011 Halman was in Rotterdam and was stabbed to death by his brother. His brother would never go to prison, being acquitted by the authorities due to psychosis from marijuana use.
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