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Published On: November 7th, 2022

Kalamazoo, MI – Former Growler David Hensley is a World Series Champion after the Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2022 World Series. Hensley debuted with the Astros on August 27th of this year. Appearing in two games during the World Series, Hensley collected two hits over his seven plate appearances. Over the course of the regular season, Hensley appeared in 16 games for the Astros, where he hit held a .345 batting average with one home run, one triple and five RBI.

The former San Diego State Aztec spent his 2016 summer with the Growlers. He played 35 games for Kalamazoo that year. You can read more about David’s career before making his major league debut here.



The Kalamazoo Growlers 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’ 29th 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, 300 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 and on ESPN+. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Growlers as your favorite team.