Jasper Elfrink’s Unconventional Journey To Professional Baseball
“It was the best decision I’ve ever made.”
Depending on which map you look at, the Netherlands is approximately 4,350 miles from Augustana University. It’s the same distance that 2020 Augustana graduate and five-year member of Augustana’s baseball team Jasper Elfrink traveled so he could attend school in Sioux Falls.
“It was a great experience,” Elfrink said. “I wanted to go somewhere in the United States where I could play baseball and get an education and Augie fell into my lap. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.
“The baseball program is awesome. Coach Huber is awesome. All the coaches that we have had over the years have been great and the education that you get at Augie is great.”
Elfrink now plays baseball in the Dutch Professional League, but his journey towards professional baseball began five years ago at Augie with some unexpected twists and turns along the way.