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Former Texas Rangers prospect Nick Urbanus is batting .314 for L&D Amsterdam. (Photo: Lorenzo Bellocchio/FIBS)

The Dutch Hoofdklasse club L&D Amsterdam Pirates tops the weekly 2017 World Baseball News European Baseball Power Rankings. The Pirates, who have opened the season with eight wins in nine games, will battle No.6 HCAW in a three-game series that begins on Thursday.

Italian Baseball League frontrunner UnipolSai Bologna resides in the second spot followed by No.3 T&A San Marino, No.4 Curacao Neptunus and No.5 Angel Service Nettuno.

Undefeated German Baseball-Bundesliga club Heidenheim Heidekoepfe comes in at No.7 and is the highest ranked squad that is not a member of the Dutch or Italian baseball circuits. French and Czech powerhouses, Rouen Huskies and Draci Brno – respectively, occupy the No.8 and No.9 slots, while the No.10 Hoofddorp Pioniers finish off the Top 10.

RankLast WeekTeamCountryRecordLeague
12L&D Amsterdam PiratesNetherlands8-1Dutch Hoofdklasse
23UnipolSai BolognaItaly6-1Italian Baseball League
31T&A San Marino TitansSan Marino6-2Italian Baseball League
46Curacao NeptunusNetherlands6-3Dutch Hoofdklasse
54Angel Service NettunoItaly6-2Italian Baseball League
65HCAWNetherlands8-4Dutch Hoofdklasse
77Heidenheim HeidekoepfeGermany10-0German Baseball-Bundesliga
89Rouen HuskiesFrance10-0French Division I
911Draci BrnoCzech Republic14-1Czech Extraleague
1010Hoofddorp PioniersNetherlands6-3Dutch Hoofdklasse
1112Tenerife MarlinsSpain11-3Spanish Division De Honor
1216Mainz AthleticsGermany8-4German Baseball-Bundesliga
1313Senart TempliersFrance9-1French Division I
1414Technika BrnoCzech Republic9-4Czech Extraleague
1515CBS Sant BoiSpain10-2Spanish Division De Honor
1617Arrows OstravaCzech Republic10-4Czech Extraleague
1718CB BarcelonaSpain10-4Spanish Division De Honor
1829Borgerhout SquirrelsBelgium7-1Belgian BBG
198NovaraItaly4-4Italian Baseball League
2020Bonn CapitalsGermany5-1German Baseball-Bundesliga
2122Astros ValenciaSpain10-4Spanish Division De Honor
2223Haar DisciplesGermany6-4German Baseball-Bundesliga
2324Mannheim TornadosGermany6-4German Baseball-Bundesliga
2425Sundbyberg HeatSweden3-0Swedish Eliteserien
2519Deurne SpartansBelgium7-1Belgian BBG
2626MUC BarracudasFrance7-3French Division I
2728Therwil FlyersSwitzerland3-1Swiss National Liga A
2830Solingen AlligatorsGermany5-3German Baseball-Bundesliga
29-Rimini PiratesItaly4-4Italian Baseball League
30-Athletics Attnang-PuchheimAustria6-0Baseball League Austria

Photo: Lorenzo Bellocchio/FIBS

European Baseball Power Rankings is a World Baseball News regular feature that is posted every Wednesday from April to September.

Marvin Moore
Marvin Moore
A former international baseball coach and award-winning sports writer, Marvin is the Managing Editor at World Baseball News. He transformed the Swiss National Team into a B-Pool contender which knocked off 1994 B-Pool champion Ukraine at the European Championship, and won four Swiss NLA titles in six seasons with the Therwil Flyers and Zurich Challengers.

The native Texan compiles the weekly European Baseball Power Rankings, European Baseball Players of the Week, European Baseball Weekend Preview, European Baseball Statistical Leaders, European Baseball Scoreboard and International Baseball Update.

Marvin, who has been an avid Texas Rangers fan for more than four decades, enjoys fishing, teaching youth baseball and playing fantasy sports. He was a co-founder of Mister-Baseball.com and also started BaseballdeWorld.com.

Marvin and his wife Lerma have two kids, Hali (16) and Saentis (13).

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