Eau Claire, WI – The MLB playoffs are underway and you might just catch three former Express on the field.
First up is Griffin Jax who played for the Express in 2015 and was the 3rd round draft pick in 2016 for the Minnesota Twins. Jax made his MLB debut with the Twins in 2021 and still currently pitches for the team.
Next, we have Daulton Varsho, nephew of Express Coach Dale Varsho, who played for the Express during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Varsho is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee and was the 68th overall pick in 2017 by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He currently plays for the Toronto Blue Jays and is the starting left fielder for Playoff Game 1 against the Minnesota Twins.
Last is the newest of the three, Caleb Boushley. Boushley made his debut last week with the Milwaukee Brewers and is a native of Hortonville, WI. He played for the Express in 2016 and was a key player in helping the team make it to the Northwoods League Championship that year. Boushley was drafted by the Padres in the 33rd round of the 2017 MLB draft.
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. Now in its’ 30th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 24 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 325 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com and on ESPN+. 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.