In the years the Express has been a part of the Northwoods League, the organization has developed dozens of players that have advanced to professional baseball. The ultimate goal, of course, is to play Major League Baseball. Eau Claire has seen threeplayers in its history achieve that ultimate goal. Right-handed pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (2006) was the first former Express player to reach the big leagues when he debuted in 2009. Outfielder Kole Calhoun (2007-2009) became the second when he was recalled from the Minor Leagues in 2012. Catcher Nevin Ashley (2006) made a brief appearance when he was a September call-up for the Brewers in 2015. Late in the 2016 season, Eddie Gamboa (2007) was a September call-up for the Tampa Bay Rays becoming the fourth former Express player to appear in a Major League Baseball game. The 2017 season saw two more former Express players reach the Major Leagues. June 2017, Brad Goldberg (2010-11) was called up to the White Sox after achieving a record to that point in 2017 of 2-1 with a 1.99 ERA, four saves, and 22 strikeouts over 17 games with the AAA Charlotte Knights. After being traded to the Minnesota Twins organization, Dietrich Enns (2010) was the second alumni to get the call in 2017, making his debut on August 10.

Below is a recap of their careers in the Northwoods League and how they have fared in the Major Leagues thus far.


Jordan Zimmermann
Year:  2006
College:  UW-Stevens Point
Draft:  2nd Round (67th Overall) in 2007 by the Washington Nationals
Current Team: Detroit Tigers

 

Northwoods League Pitching Stats:

W-L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO
4-2 1.01 11 10 1 1 80.2 42 18 9 28 92

 

Express Records Held:

  • Single-season Innings Pitched (80.2)
  • Single-season Strikeouts (92)

 

Major League Baseball Stats:

W-L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO WHIP
79-57 3.45 197 196 8 4 1199.1 1165 502 460 247 969 1.18

 


Kole Calhoun
Years:  2007-2009
College:  Yavapai Community College / Arizona State
Draft:  8th Round (264th Overall) in 2010 by the Los Angeles Angels
Current Team: Los Angeles Angels

 

Northwoods League Batting Stats:

Year AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
2007 .274 66 241 54 66 19 0 5 29 35 56
2008 .273 43 161 29 44 14 1 2 22 24 23
2009 .241 41 153 25 37 8 3 2 19 30 24

 

Northwoods League Pitching Stats:

Year W-L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER BB SO
2007 3-0 0.38 19 0 14 24.0 6 1 1 21 45
2008 1-2 3.46 12 0 8 13.0 13 6 5 5 20
2009 1-2 3.75 9 0 2 12.0 8 6 5 14 18

 

Express Records Held:

  • Single-season Doubles (19)
  • Single-season Runs Scored (57)
  • Single-season ERA (0.38)
  • Single-season Saves (14)
  • Career Doubles (41)
  • Career Walks (89)
  • Career Saves (24)

 

Major League Baseball Stats:

AVG. G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OPS
.266 522 1935 290 515 97 12 69 249 173 433 .764

 


Nevin Ashley
Years:  2006
College:  Indiana State
Draft:  6th Round (169th Overall) in 2006 by the Tampa Bay Rays
Current Team: Texas Rangers (AAA)

 

Northwoods League Batting Stats:

Year AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
2006 .250 3 12 1 3 0 0 1 1 2 1

 

Major League Baseball Stats:

AVG. G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OPS
.100 12 20 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 8 .293

 


Eddie Gamboa
Year:  2007
College:  UC Davis
Draft:  21st Round (626th Overall) in 2008 by the Baltimore Orioles
Current Team: Tampa Bay Rays

 

Northwoods League Pitching Stats:

W-L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO
4-1 1.74 10 5 0 0 46.2 43 11 9 10 33

 

Major League Baseball Stats:

W-L ERA G GS SV SVO IP H R ER BB SO WHIP
0-2 1.35 7 0 0 0 13.1 9 3 2 8 11 1.28

 


Brad Goldberg
Year:  2010-11
College:  Ohio State
Draft:  10th Round (303th Overall) in 2013 by the Chicago White Sox
Current Team: Chicago White Sox

 

Northwoods League Pitching Stats:

W-L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H BB SO
3-6 4.06 13 12 0 0 62 62 34 50

 

Major League Baseball Stats:

W-L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
0-0 8.25 11 0 0 12.0 3 2.33

 


Dietrich Enns
Year:  2010
College:  Central Michigan
Draft:  2nd Round (607th Overall) in 2012 by the New York Yankees
Current Team: Minnesota Twins

 

Northwoods League Pitching Stats:

W-L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H BB SO
3-2 2.04 18 4 0 0 53 49 23 42

 

Major League Baseball Stats:

W-L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
0-0 6.75 2 1 0 4.0 2 2.00