Waterloo, Iowa – Former Waterloo Bucks hurlers Adam Bray and Jordan Foley have been placed on rosters in the Arizona Fall League during professional baseball’s off-season. Bray will suit up for the Salt River Rafters, while Foley will play for the Glendale Desert Dogs.
Adam Bray, a right-handed pitcher who played with Waterloo in 2014, was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 1,002nd overall pick (33rd round) in the 2015 MLB Amateur Entry Draft. On March 23 of this year, Bray was traded from the Dodgers to the Minnesota Twins and played the entire season for the Ft. Myers Miracle in the Single-A Florida State League, finishing with a 2-0 record and a 1.88 ERA with 2 saves and 40 strikeouts in 19 appearances. A native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Bray has 91 career appearances in his four-year minor league career, owning a 3.47 ERA with 8 saves, 273 strikeouts, and a 14-5 record.
A product of South Dakota State University, Bray finished his only season with the Bucks with a record of 4-0 and a 1.94 ERA. Bray struck out 44 batters while walking just 10 in 46.1 innings pitched.
Right-handed hurler Jordan Foley, who played for Waterloo in 2012, was taken in the 5th round with the 152nd pick by the New York Yankees in the 2014 MLB Draft. This past season, Foley played for the Trenton Thunder in the Double-A Eastern League. A native of The Colony, Texas, Foley had a 4-4 record with a 2.98 ERA, 10 saves, and 67 strikeouts in 37 games for Trenton. During his five-year professional career, Foley owns a 12-15 record with a 3.07 ERA, 18 saves, and 339 strikeouts.
A product of Central Michigan University, Foley appeared in 11 games for the Bucks in 2012, starting 10. Foley finished the year with a 4-3 record and a 6.23 ERA with one save and 32 strikeouts.
Starting this week, more than 30 former Northwoods League players will be competing over the next two months in Arizona against the top players in Minor League Baseball. Nearly 60 percent of AFL players will at some point make a Major League roster. Last season, twenty-eight former NWL players participated and eight of those players played in the MLB during the 2018 season.
There are six teams in the Arizona Fall League: Scottsdale Scorpions, Mesa Solar Sox, Salt River Rafters, Glendale Desert Dogs, Peoria Javelinas, and the Surprise Saguaros. The teams are broken into two divisions, East and West and each Major League Baseball team sends six top prospects to the Arizona Fall League. Most of the players are Double-A and Triple-A Minor League players. Each team can choose to send one player considered a Class A player.
More information on the Arizona Fall League can be found here: Arizona Fall League
All Bucks home games are played at Cost Cutters Field at Riverfront Stadium which will host the 2019 Northwoods League All-Star Game. The ballpark welcomed a new state of the art video board in 2016 thanks to a matching grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association. Team ownership has invested more than $250,000 in improvements since the end of the 2014 season including painted bleachers, public Wi-Fi, sound system, group outing areas, kids zone inflatables, and concessions equipment. Fans are encouraged to stay in touch with the Bucks by utilizing their website at www.waterloobucks.com or utilizing the Northwoods League Mobile App.
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The Waterloo Bucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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.waterloobucks.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Bucks as your favorite team.