strasburg_express_logoThe Express joined the Valley League in 2011, and while they don’t have very many current pro players (only 4 at this writing), they had nine more play pro ball at some point, but are no longer…. and I will be one unhappy camper if the team doesn’t have a few more drafted this coming June (Brandon Quaranta, anyone?).

But this is a report, so here are the four current players:

  1. Kevin Herget (2012), 39th round in 2013 by the Cardinals: Kevin, the #3 starting pitcher in the league in 2012, has worked his way all the way to Triple-A Memphis of the Cardinals’ system. In his pro career, he’s gone 30-10, 2.89, with 32 saves, a 1.238 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9, and 8.9 K/9 in 354 2/3 innings. He’s pitched 6 1/3 innings so far in 2018 for Memphis. ATVL is hoping that Kevin will pitch in St. Louis this season.
  2. Tyler Payne (2013-14), 30th round in 2015 by the Cubs: Tyler has hit 256/273/349 this year for South Bend in the Midwest League, and 240/321/363 in 454 career minor league at-bats.
  3. Colby Nealy (2015), 35th round in 2017 by the Dodgers: Colby pitched for 3 teams in 2017; Great Lakes in the Midwest League, Ogden in the Pioneer League, and the Dodgers in he Arizona League. Overall, he went 2-2, 2.97, with 3 saves, a 1.055 WHIP, 2.1 BB/9, and 7.1 K/9 in 30 1/3 innings. He has not been assigned to a full season team in 2018.
  4. Abraham Almonte (2016), 26th round in 2017 by the Diamondbacks: The 12th best reliever in the 2016 VBL season, Abraham pitched for Missoula in the Pioneer League in 2017, going 1-0, 2.86, with 11 saves, a 1.364 WHIP, 3.7 BB/9, and 12.7 K/9 in 22 innings. He’s now pitching for Kane County in the Midwest League, and continues to miss bats, as he has more strikeouts than innings pitched so far.
Kevin Herget Peoria
Kevin Herget when he was pitching in Peoria