Ripken Reyes – 2016
Ripken Reyes, a shortstop from Stockton, California played for the Express in 2016, helping Eau Claire to a 45-27 overall record, a First-Half North Division Championship, and return to the Northwoods League Playoffs. Reyes played in 32 games for the Express in 2016 hitting for .222 with four extra-base knocks and 12 RBIs.
Reyes played his final season of collegiate ball with the University of San Diego after completing three seasons at California. Reyes led the West Coast Conference with a .366 batting average, a .462 on-base percentage including a team-high 71 hits, and 27 HBP. He was named First-Team All-WCC and earned WCC All-Academic Honors before being drafted by the Padres in the 30th round of the 2019 MLB Draft.
Reyes played in 58 MiLB games to complete the 2019 season, finishing the year with Dean and the Fort Wayne Tin Caps. Reyes hit for a .308 average with 24 RBI’s and 18 extra-base hits that included 12 doubles in his first season in the minors.
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The Eau Claire Express are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 26th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 230 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Stars Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. 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.