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Alumni Spotlight: Edition 5

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.

 

Philip Walby | RHP | Dunedin Blue Jays (A Adv. Affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays)

Played for Express in 2012 | Drafted: Round 12 (2013, NYY)

YEAR  TEAM LG LEVEL W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG WHIP
2013 SI NYP A(Short) 3 1 2.75 14 4 36.0 24 12 11 1 30 37 .186 1.50
2014 2 teams Minors 2 4 4.21 40 0 51.1 37 30 24 0 42 61 .194 1.54
2015 2 teams Minors 3 1 3.92 33 0 43.2 48 20 19 0 27 42 .281 1.72
2016 2 teams Minors 2 1 3.50 36 0 43.2 42 20 17 0 24 43 .253 1.51
2017 2 teams Minors 2 2 5.58 41 0 59.2 62 41 37 6 29 47 .266 1.53
Minors Career 6 teams Minors 12 9 4.15 164 4 234.1 213 123 108 7 152 230 .239 1.56


Roman Collins | LF | Wilmington Blue Rocks (A Adv. Affiliate of Kansas City Royals)

Played for Express in 2013 | Drafted: Round 5 (2015, KC)

YEAR  TEAM LEVEL G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2015 IDF ROK 68 267 49 78 116 14 6 4 45 36 34 11 4 .292 .375 .434 .809
2016 2 teams Minors 111 426 56 103 154 16 4 9 41 42 74 13 6 .242 .311 .362 .673
2017 WIL A(Adv) 131 480 48 109 167 24 5 8 53 44 117 4 2 .227 .292 .348 .640
Minors Career 3 teams Minors 310 1173 153 290 437 54 15 21 139 122 225 28 12 .247 .319 .373 .691


Sam Haggerty | 2B | Lynchberg Hillcats (A Adv. Affiliate of Cleveland Indians)

Played for Express in 2013 | Drafted: Round 24 (2015, CLE)

YEAR  TEAM LEVEL G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2015 MV A(Short) 16 53 8 15 24 4 1 1 7 7 14 3 0 .283 .361 .453 .813
2016 LC A(Full) 100 344 56 79 110 15 2 4 39 45 105 12 2 .230 .323 .320 .642
2017 LYN A(Adv) 112 427 72 108 170 27 13 3 32 67 103 49 13 .253 .355 .398 .754
Minors Career 3 teams Minors 228 824 136 202 304 46 16 8 78 119 222 64 15 .245 .342 .369 .711

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The Eau Claire Express are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods 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 185 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-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 (LAD) and Lucas Duda (TB).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portalFor 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.