We’ll start our current teams’ pro reports with the Woodstock River Bandits. Woodstock starting playing at Central High School in 2004, but, curiously, the Bandits have not won a title, and, in fact, have only won one playoff series in their entire existence.
But that doesn’t mean that they don’t have any current pro players!
Here are the six young men:
- Sam Lewis (2011), free agent in 2012: Sam started out in the Kansas City Royals’ system, but was traded to Arizona before the 2017 season. In his minor league career, he’s 18-13, 3.31, with 6 saves, a 1.167 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, and 8.6 K/9 in 239 innings. He’s currently in the starting rotation for Double-A Jackson.
- Chris Devenski (2011), 25th round pick in 2011: Here we go! I think it’s safe to say that Chris is the best player the River Bandits have ever produced. Chris was drafted by the White Sox in 2011, and was traded to the Astros in August of 2012. He made his major league debut on April 8th, 2016. He made the All-Star team in 2017, and was ATVL’s major league pitcher of the year in both 2016 and 2017. Including his first 8 innings in 2018, Chris is 13-9, 2.33, with 6 saves, a 0.919 WHIP, 2.1 BB/9, and 9.8 K/9 in 197 innings in the majors. He is a very important arm in Houston’s bullpen.
- Kyri Washington (2013), 23rd round pick in 2015 by Boston: Kyri was a pretty highly regarded prospect out of Longwood, especially because of his raw power. He’s not been able to translate that power into games in pro ball just yet, but is still hitting 254/324/434 with 32 doubles, 10 triples, and 18 home runs in 587 minor league at-bats. He’s currently at Salem, Boston’s A-level team in the Carolina League.
- Zach Jarrett (2014), 28th round pick in 2017 by Baltimore: Zach’s career is just getting started. He’s at Delmarva, the Orioles’ Low-A team, and including his 2018 start, he’s overall at 216/273/323 in 167 at-bats.
- Mike O’Reilly (2014), 27th round pick in 2016 of the Cardinals: Mike has been very, very good so far in the minors. In his career, he’s 16-4, 2.27, with a 0.933 WHIP, 1.2 BB/9, and 8.5 K/9 in 194 total innings. He is currently at Palm Beach, a High-A club in the Florida State League. He was ATVL’s 2017 A-ball pitcher of the year.
- Erven Roper (2014-2015), free agent in 2017: Signed by the Angels as a free agent after the 2017 draft, Erven hit 200/256/371 in 35 at-bats in Rookie ball. He has not been assigned to a full season team this spring.