It's a new week and a new report on one of the Chinooks alumni from the 2012 inaugural season. Today's report features infielder David Masters. Masters is from Lake St. Louis, Missouri. After high school, David was selected in the 50th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Instead of starting his career in the minors, Masters decided to play his freshman season at the University of Arkansas. As a freshman, David played in 12 games including two starts.
In the summer of 2012, Masters would join the Lakeshore Chinooks during their inaugural campaign. Due to Arkansas’s run in the College World Series, Masters did not arrive to Mequon until June 11th. He would then proceed to play in the Chinooks next 13 games before calling it quits on his summer season. During his short time in Lakeshore, he managed a .279 batting average, 12 hits, 3 runs, and 6 RBIs.
Masters did not return to the University of Arkansas in 2012 and proceeded to attend Central Arizona College to play baseball. This past summer, David was once again drafted, but this time to the Washington Nationals in the 14th round (436th overall). He would report to class A ball with the Auburn Doubledays in the New York-Penn League. Seeing time between the pads at shortstop, Masters saw action in 43 games this past summer. He ended his first season with the Doubledays with a .183 batting average and an on-base percentage of .254. He was responsible for 28 hits, 11 runs, and 8 RBIs.
A fun fact about David: he is related to actor Jon Hamm, who is best known for his role as Don Draper on the hit TV series Mad Men.
Masters will continue his pursuit of reaching the majors and the opportunity to play in our nation’s capital for the Nationals.
The Lakeshore Chinooks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized summer collegiate baseball league in the world with 18 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, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including MLB All-Stars Max Scherzer (DET), Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYY), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live and free of charge via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit lakeshorechinooks.com.