After the 12 players that can still be claimed by the Luray Wranglers, we have another now-defunct team(s), the Haymarket and Aldie Senators. The team began operations in 2005, and ended things after the 2015 Valley League season.
Pro players that have played in either Haymarket or Aldie:
- Tommy La Stella (Haymarket 2009), 8th round pick in 2011: Tommy made his major league debut on May 28, 2014, after dashing through the Atlanta Braves’ system. Since then, he’s put in almost one full season in the majors, much as a pinch-hitter. So in 679 major league at-bats, he’s hitting 265/346/376, with 63 runs, 180 hits, 44 doubles, 9 home runs, 79 RBIs, and an excellent 80/95 BB/K ratio. He is playing for the Cubs in 2018 as an infield backup and pinch hitter. He was ATVL’s 2013 Double-A hitter of the year.
- Jack Leathersich (Haymarket 2009), 5th round pick in 2011: Jack misses bats. It’s almost that simple- a lefty who strikes out batters like Jack does will keep moving up the chain, and will often pitch in the major leagues. Jack has, too. He made his debut on August 29th, 2015, and has struck out 21 batters in his 16 2/3 major league innings. In the minors, Jack is 12-13, 3.27, with 8 saves, a 1.288 WHIP, 5.0 BB/9, and 14.9 K/9. He’s struck out 465 hitters in 280 1/3 minor league innings. Wow! Jack was the #4 reliever in the 2009 Valley League season, and is currently in Triple-A Columbus.
- Rudy Flores (Haymarket 2010), 21st pick in 2012: Rudy has quite a bit of power; he’s hit 97 home runs and 149 doubles in his 2,283 minor league at-bats so far. He’s also struck out too much- he has 757 for his career, which comes out to 30% of his plate appearances. Rudy is currently in Double-A Jackson to start 2018 (where he’s off to a very good start, too). Rudy was the 2014 A-ball and 2017 Double-A hitter of the year.
- Eric Stamets (Haymarket 2010), 6th round pick in 2012: Eric is considered to be major-league quality with the glove, but a little below that level with the bat. Eric has hit 254/315/369 in 2,120 at-bats, along with 111 doubles, 12 triples, 36 home runs, and 60 stolen bases. He’s on the disabled list right now at Triple-A Columbus. He has a chance to make the majors this year, assuming health and an opportunity. Click here to read his prospect writeup.
- Tyler White (Haymarket 2010), 33rd round pick in 2013: I’m sure hoping that Tyler doesn’t end up as a “tweener;” someone who is too good for the minors but not quite good enough to stick in the majors. Of course, being in the Astros’ system doesn’t help him much- if he was in Tampa Bay or Miami, he would probably be playing every day in the majors. Tyler has hit 229/294/406 in 310 major league at-bats, and 300/396/497 in 1,673 minor league at-bats. He’s in Triple-A Fresno right now. He has multiple post season awards from ATVL: 2013 A-ball, 2013 short season, 2015 AND 2017 AAA hitters of the year. He won four awards in his first five seasons in pro ball!
- Matt Snyder (Haymarket 2011), 10th round pick in 2012: Poor Matt. A big man with power potential (he’s 6-foot-5, 230 lbs), Matt’s career has been slow to rise due to injury after injury. In 6 years in the minors, he has only 677 at-bats, in which he’s hit 282/364/409, with 39 doubles, 15 home runs, and over 100 RBIs. He has not been assigned to a minor league as yet… more news maybe to come.
- Ryan McBroom (Haymarket 2011-12), 15th round pick in 2014: Ryan was drafted by the Blue Jays, but was traded to the Yankees midway through the 2017 season. He has risen all the way to Triple-A; he’s currently playing for Scranton/Wilkes Barre. Over 1,755 minor league at-bats, Ryan has hit 278/341/451. He was also the 2014 short season and 2015 A-ball hitter of the year. Will he get a chance in the Bronx?
- Robby Rinn (Aldie 2013), 25th round pick in 2016: Robby has had an interesting pro career so far. After getting drafted, at 23 years old, he was assigned to the lowest level of the minors- the Arizona League. He hit 280/341/386 in 189 at-bats. In 2017, Robby went nuts for Idaho Falls of the Pioneer League. He hit a robust 355/429/511 in 282 at-bats, which earned him the ATVL Rookie Level hitter of the year. In the offseason, Robby was sold to the Minnesota Twins… but he did not make a full season team (yet). (Robby needs to get going- in 2017, he was a full three years older than the average age in the Pioneer League.)
- Luke Leftwich (Aldie 2013), 7th round pick in 2015: Drafted by the Phillies, Luke is 13-15, 2.98, with 9 saves, a 1.224 WHIP, and a 2.5 BB/9 and 9.8 K/9 in 253 1/3 career innings. He is at Double-A Reading n 2018, where he’s struck out 8 in 5 shutout innings so far.
- Matt Albanese (Aldie 2014), 7th round pick in 2016: Matt didn’t play until the 2017 minor league season because of injury. At Elizabethton in the Appy League, he hit 296/352/401 in 142 at-bats. He has not been assigned to a team yet in 2018.
- Chad Martin (Aldie 2014), 30th round pick in 2015: Drafted by the Yankees, Chad has gone 12-4, 2.23, with a 1.184 WHIP, 3.8 BB/9, and 7.0 K/9 in 141 career innings. He’s with Charleston in the South Atlantic League, and he’s thrown 5 shutout innings so far.
- Reece Karalus (Aldie 2014), 8th round pick in 2015: ATVL’s #1 reliever in 2014, Reece was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays. He has not been assigned to a team yet. In his career, he’s 10-5, 3.22, with 7 saves, a 1.221 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9, and 8.4 K/9 in 134 1/3 innings pitched.
So this franchise has three major leaguers currently active, although only La Stella is currently in the bigs. A couple others have a shot to join him, though. Twelve overall with no one since 2015… not bad!