Today, we’ll take a peek at the pro players who have toiled in Northern Virginia in the summer- in Front Royal, to be exact. (By the way, if you haven’t been to the Bing, you need to go!)
Also by the way, the Cardinals’ total is the third highest- behind only Harrisonburg and Staunton.
- Jake Johansen (2011), 2nd in 2013: Jake was the highest draft pick from the entire league in 2013, and signed with the Nationals for $820,000. The Nats released him after 10 appearances in 2017, and the White Sox scooped him up. He’s currently at Double-A Birmingham, pitching out of the bullpen. In his pro career, he’s gone 14-21, 4.19, with a 1.540 WHIP, 4.6 BB/9, and 8.0 K/9 in 296 2/3 innings. He was ATVL’s 2013 short season Pitcher of the Year.
- Harrison Cooney (2012), 6th in 2013: Weirdly, Harrison was the second player drafted in 2013, albeit 4 rounds after Johansen. Drafted by the Angels, Harrison had Tommy John surgery in the spring of 2016, and then was taken by the Red Sox in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft. He made 17 appearances in 2017, but has not appeared in a game yet in 2018. He was briefly listed on Salem’s roster, but is no longer. In his career, he’s gone 12-30, 4.94, with a 1.505 WHIP, 4.1 BB/9, and 6.8 K/9 in 329 2/3 innings.
- Billy Fleming (2012), free agent signee in 2014 by the Yankees: A utility player, Billy seems to play of the role of “where do we need an infielder now?” After signing, he played for 2 teams in 2014, 4 teams in 2015, 3 each in 2016 and 2017, and has played for both Double-A and Triple-A so far in 2018. He’s actually hit quite well over his career, slashing 290/352/414 in 1,034 at-bats.
- JC Cardenas (2013), 6th round in 2015: The first player drafted from the VBL in 2015, JC has hit 200/281/271 in 664 career at-bats, and is currently on the disabled list at High-A Dunedin.
- Justin Anderson (2013), 14th round in 2014: Justin is the only player on this list who has played in the major leagues (he made his debut this year). Justin did not give up a run in his first 5 MLB appearances.
- Logan Longwith (2014-15), 20th round in 2015: Drafted by Detroit, Logan pitched in their system for 2 seasons before getting released. He joined Florence of the Frontier League, appeared in 4 games, pitched very well, and was signed by the Rockies. He’s now in dreaded Lancaster of the California League. In his minor league career, he’s 8-9, 5.07, with a 1.391 WHIP, 1.9 BB/9, and 6.5 K/9 in 170 1/3 innings.
- Nick Hutchins (2015), 27th round pick in 2017: Nick batted 69 times after getting drafted last summer, hitting 246/303/435. He is not on a full season roster in 2018.
- Randy Dobnak (2015), free agent in 2017: Randy, like Longwith, also toiled in the Indy Leagues for a bit, before getting signed by the Twins. He’s been really good in affiliated ball, going 5-0, 3.29, with a 1.189 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, and 6.4 K/9 in 54 2/3 career innings. He’s currently at Cedar Rapids in the Midwest League.
- Cody Puckett (2015), 30th round in 2017: Cody appeared in 15 games in the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2017, but did not make a full season team in 2018.
- Greg Lambert (2015), 21st in 2017: Greg batted 109 times over 3 levels in 2017- he hit 257/299/321. He did not make a full season team in 2018.
- Mitch Stophel (2016), 25th in 2017: Mitch threw 15 2/3 innings in the Arizona League after being drafted. He went 1-0, 3.45, with 22 K’s. He did not make a full season team in ’18.
- Kevin Williams (2016), 13th round in 2017: Kevin hit a robust 322/385/576 in 59 at-bats for Orem in 2017, and is currently playing for High-A Inland Empire, where he’s hitting 179/247/313 in 67 at-bats.
- Bernabe Camargo (2016), 28th round in 2017: This is an odd one; drafted and signed by the Angels last June, Bernabe has not appeared in a minor league game yet.
- Zach Clark (2016), 19th round 2016: Zach, currently in the Midwest League playing for Wisconsin, has hit 238/322/413 over 407 minor league at-bats since he was drafted.
- Frank Rubio (2016), 29th round 2017: Frank spent 2017 in he Arizona League, but he made Augusta’s roster this spring, and has been very good in the South Atlantic League. So far this year, he’s 0-0, 1.76, with 6 saves, a 1.17 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, and 12.3 K/9 in 15 1/3 innings.
- Ted Andrews (2017), 37th round 2017: Ted threw 12 innings in he Arizona League after being drafted in 2017, but did not make a team yet in 2018.