Posted: 8:19 pm Friday, February 15th, 2013

Trinity Christian alum Phildrick Llewellyn playing in World Baseball Classic training camp 

By Matt Porter

This month, Phildrick Llewellyn is wearing black and orange, the national team colors of the Netherlands.

Llewellyn

Llewellyn

Llewellyn, who grew up in Curacao and played high school baseball at Trinity Christian, was selected by the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation to attend World Baseball Classic training camp in Scottsdale, Ariz.

For those who slept through geography: Curacao is a country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Since some of the players selected to play for the Netherlands in the WBC are instead participating in spring training with their major league clubs, 11 fill-in players were chosen.

The Netherlands is scheduled to play six games and scrimmages against three community colleges and Team China from Feb. 12-19, when the team leaves for Taiwan, where the WBC will be held. The first round begins March 2.

Llewellyn, who was selected in the 13th round (425 overall) of the 2012 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, played 38 games at catcher and first base in rookie ball last fall. He hit .240 in 121 at-bats.

After eighth grade, Llewellyn moved to Palm Beach County from Curacao and settled in Boynton Beach. He lived with a host family until his junior year, when his father, Philbert, moved to help him prepare for the MLB draft.

As a catcher in his senior year at Trinity, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Llewellyn hit .373 with five homers (best among small schools players) and 21 RBI. He turned pro instead of accepting a scholarship to Florida International.