This week we are catching up with former Waterloo Bucks catcher Jeff Lanning.  The Minnesota Twins drafted the Ankeny, Iowa native in the 8th round number 246 overall of the 208 Amateur draft.

In 2008 Lanning played in Elizabethton of the Rookie League, during his time there Lanning played in a total of 30 games.  During that time had a batting average of .255 while driving in 21 RBIs and hitting 4 home runs.  In 2009 Lanning moved up to A ball and played for the Beloit Snappers, during his time with the Snappers Lanning played in 52 games collecting a batting average of .250, 17 RBIs and hitting 2 home runs.

Moving into the 2010 season Lanning saw a change of scenery as he was picked up by the Philadelphia Phillies through a trade.  This season Lanning would start with the Williamsport Crosscutters of the A league, during this time he would bat .264 with 30 RBIs and 8 home runs.  After his stint in Williamsport he would then be called up to the Advanced A League with the Clearwater Threshers.  During his time in Clearwater Lanning would play in 4 games batting .164 with 2 doubles.

Lanning played for Waterloo in 2006-07 where he played in 86 games, during his time with the Bucks Jeff had a batting average of .286, hitting 15 doubles, hitting 4 home runs and driving in 38 RBIs.

Check every Wednesday for “Catching Up with the Bucks."