In the last couple days, a few pro players who are also former Valley Leaguers have showed up on the transactions list on mlb.com. One good, one bad, and one in the middle.
- Eric Stout (Waynesboro 2012) has been “designated for assignment.” This means that he’s been removed from Kansas City’s 40-man roster, and the team will put him on waivers. From there, either another team will claim him, he will pass through waivers unclaimed and be assigned to the minor leagues, or the team will release him. Eric made his major league debut on April 25th this year, and appeared in 3 major league games. He was banged around a bit, and was returned to Triple-A, where he spent the rest of the 2018 season. On Monday, he was released by the Royals.
- Adam Liberatore (Waynesboro 2007-8) has been released by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Adam, one of the best pitchers to come through the ‘Boro, has appeared in 118 games at the game’s highest level in the last 4 seasons. He’s struggled with injuries a bit, and he’s now 31 years old. We’ll see if anyone else scoops him up.
- Sam Howard (Staunton 2012) has been brought up to join the Rockies in their bid to make the 2018 MLB playoffs. Sam made his major league debut with a shutout inning back in June, and has spent most of his 2018 in Triple-A Albuquerque. My guess is that he will be appearing in long relief during the playoff push.