Since the Eau Claire Express joined the Northwoods League in 2005, the organization has developed dozens of players who have continued their careers in professional baseball. The ultimate goal, of course, is to play Major League Baseball. Eau Claire has seen 11 players 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 with the Washington Nationals 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. In the 2016 season, Eddie Gamboa (2007) was a September call-up for the Tampa Bay Rays. 

The 2017 season saw two more former Express players reach the Major Leagues. In June 2017, Brad Goldberg (2010-11) was called up to the White Sox. Dietrich Enns (2010) was the second alumni to get the call in 2017, making his debut with the Minnesota Twins on August 10. Nathan Orf (2010) made his MLB debut July 2, 2018, with the Milwaukee Brewers. Sam Haggerty (2013) was a September call-up for the New York Mets in 2019. 

In 2020, Daulton Varsho (2015-16) made his debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 30. Louis Head (2009) debuted with the Tampa Bay Rays on April 25, 2021, and Griffin Jax (2015) was called up by the Minnesota Twins on June 8.


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

 

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
95-91 4.07 279 275 8 4 1614 1573 789 730 346 1271 1.25

 


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: Arizona Diamondbacks 


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
.248 1071 3903 582 966 184 17 161 508 410 953 .749

 


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

 

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: Sultanes de Monterrey 

 

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: Released 

 

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: Tampa Bay Rays

 

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
2-0 3.42 11 1 2 26.1 27 1.18

 


Nathan Orf
Year:  2010
College:  Baylor University 
Signed:  Signed by Milwaukee Brewers as a non-drafted free agent on June 14, 2013. 
Current Team: Retired

 

Northwoods League Batting Stats:

Year AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
2010 .294 55 187 38 55 9 2 2 32 29 23

 

Major League Baseball Stats:

AVG. G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OPS
.071 21 28 5 2 0 0 1 1 3 9 .366

 


Sam Haggerty 
Year:  2013
College:  University of New Mexico 
Draft:  24th round in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians 
Current Team: Seattle Mariners

 

Northwoods League Batting Stats:

Year AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
2013 .317 34 123 21 39 6 0 2 23 17 21

 

Major League Baseball Stats:

AVG. G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OPS
.207 59 140 24 39 7 0 3 11 10 47 .586

 


 


Daulton Varsho
Year:  2015-16
College:  UW-Milwaukee
Draft:  68th overall pick in 2017 by the Arizona Diamondbacks
Current Team: Arizona Diamondbacks

 

Northwoods League Batting Stats:

Year AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
2015 .296 63 247 37 73 11 7 4 32 23 42
2016 .321 63 240 52 77 15 2 15 63 45 36

 

Express Records Held:

  • Single-season Triples (7)
  • Single-season homeruns (14)
  • Single-season RBI (60)

 

Major League Baseball Stats:

AVG. G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OPS
.231 132 385 57 89 22 4 14 47 42 100 .728

 


 


Louis Head
Year:  2009
College:  Texas State
Draft:  18th round (563rd overall) in 2012 by the Cleveland Indians
Current Team: Tampa Bay Rays

 

Northwoods League Pitching Stats:

W-L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER BB SO
3-4 5.13 11 8 0 54.1 64 45 31 28 49

 

Major League Baseball Stats:

W-L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2-0 2.31 27 2 0 35.0 32 0.86

 


Griffin Jax
Year:  2015
College:  Air Force
Draft:  3rd Round (93rd Overall) in 2016 by the Minnesota Twins
Current Team: Minnesota Twins

 

Northwoods League Pitching Stats:

W-L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER BB SO
1-0 3.36 3 3 0 19.0 17 9 5 4 14

 

Major League Baseball Stats:

W-L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
4-5 6.37 18 14 0 82.0 65 1.35