Alumni Spotlight: 2017 Edition 3
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Since joining the Northwoods League in 2005, the Eau Claire Express have had 104 players drafted by Major League Baseball organizations and continued their professional baseball careers. Throughout the 2017-2018 offseason, we will showcase these Express Alumni still playing professionally, either in independent baseball leagues, for Minor League Affiliates, or for Major League Baseball teams.
Brandon Peterson | RHP | Mobile Bay Bears (AA Affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels)
Played for Express in 2011 | Drafted: Round 13 (2013, MIN)
Mitchell Ghelfi | C | Wisconsin Timber rattlers (A Affiliate of Milwaukee Brewers)
Played for Express in 2012 | Drafted: Drafted: Round 28 (2015, MIL)
Casey Gillaspie | 1B | Charlotte Knights (AAA Affiliate of Chicago White Sox)
Played for Express in 2012 | Drafted: Round 1 (2014 TB)
The Eau Claire Express are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 180 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.eauclaireexpress.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Express as your favorite team.