Survive & Advance: Draft Class of 2015 (Part I)
Since the team’s founding in 2012, the Lakeshore Chinooks have produced 82 MLB Draft picks or free agent signings. The team upped the number of players selected or signed in 2015 to seventeen. Seven of them remain in the pros with three of them joining Chinook alums Zack Granite and Brian Anderson on major league rosters during 2018 and head into the 2019 spring training season with high hopes of establishing themselves at the major league level. Here is a recap of where each of them stands:
Harrison Bader/OF/Florida/Lakeshore 2013/2015 STL Cardinals – 3rd Round
After breaking the hearts of Milwaukee Brewer fans with a game-winning RBI that ended the Brewers’ season in 2017, Bader was quickly recalled by the Cardinals in 2018 and played for the club in 138 games. The speedy outfielder responded by hitting .264 with twelve home runs and 37 RBI, along with fifteen stolen bases, and for his efforts was named to the 2018 National League All-Rookie team and was honored as the MLPAA Heart & Hustle Award winner, along with being recognized as a rising defensive star . Bader rose quickly through the St. Louis organization as he rose quickly to AAA Memphis in his second season and then was called up during his second season there. Showing big league power, Bader hit 19 home runs in 2016 and then twenty more in 2017. He has collected all-star selections in the Texas League as well as the coveted Arizona Fall League.
Eric Hanhold/P/Florida/Lakeshore 2013/2015 MIL Brewers – 6th Round
Hanhold battled numerous injuries in his minor league career with the Brewers and things grew cloudier as he was dealt to the New York Mets in a late 2017 trade in which the Brewers acquired 2B Neal Walker and he was named as the “player to be named later.” Hanhold had posted good numbers with the High A Carolina Mudcats, posting an 8-3 record in 61 innings before being dealt. Hanhold adjusted to a new organization and battled an oblique strain through much of 2018 with 57 strikeouts in 49.1 innings at four minor league teams, before a late season call up came from the Mets as they restructured late in the season. Hanhold made three appearances with a 7.71 ERA in 2.1 innings. With a spot on the Mets’ 40-Man roster, Hanhold will battle for a more permanent spot at the major league level but will need to stay healthy to do it.
Andrew Stevenson/OF/LSU/Lakeshore 2013/2015 WAS Nationals – 2nd Round
After making his major league debut with the Nationals in July of 2017, Stevenson has bounced between Washington and their AAA affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs. Prior to 2017 Stevenson excelled with in the lower levels earning all-star appearances in 2016 & 2017, even earning the top star of the 2017 Carolina League All-Star Game. His participation in the 2016 Arizona Fall League, where he impressed with his hustling style, set the stage for his big-league promotion and carved a niche for him as a late-inning replacement and transitional player as the Nationals suffered injuries the past two years. After 37 MLB games in 2017, Stevenson played 57 in several stints with Washington, while also playing 77 games at Syracuse. Stevenson will look to improve his 2018 batting average of .253 as he once again looks to advance to the majors.
To follow the progress of any of the Lakeshore alums who are playing professional baseball, click on the Alumni tab under the Team section at the top of this page. Click on a specific player’s name to open a link to view their MiLB bio page.
The Lakeshore Chinooks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. 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, over 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.lakeshorechinooks.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Chinooks as your favorite team.