More Transactions!

Transactions involving former Valley Leaguers have been happening like crazy these days. Here are the latest:

  • Emilio Pagan (Harrisonburg 2010) was included the three-team trade between the Oakland A’s, Tampa Bay Rays, and Texas Rangers. Pagan, almost a year since being traded from the Seattle Mariners to Oakland, was one of the pieces sent to Tampa Bay. Emilio went 3-1, 4.35, with a 1.194 WHIP, 2.8 BB/9, and 9.1 K/9 in 62 innings in Oakland in 2018.
  • The Texas Rangers signed Jack Leathersich (Haymarket 2009) as a free agent. The Cleveland Indians released Jack last July, after he had pitched 31 2/3 innings in 35 games for Triple-A Columbus. At the time, he was 0-2, 3.98, with a 1.421 WHIP, 7.4 BB/9, and 9.7 K/9. He obviously still has a pretty live left arm.
  • Ryan Meisinger (Staunton 2014) was designated for assignment just a few days after being claimed on waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals. Meisinger made his major league debut on June 29th for the Orioles, and went 2-1, 6.43, with a 1.333 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9, and 9.0 K/9 in 21 major league innings. Ryan lost his spot on the Cardinals’ 40-man roster because the team signed Andrew Miller. He passed through waivers and has been assigned to Triple-A Memphis.
  • Almost the exact same thing happened to Robby Scott (Covington 2010). Selected off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds on December 10th, he was subsequently designated for assignment a couple weeks later, just after the Reds made their big, splashy trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Robby has since been sold to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He appeared in nine games for the Boston Red Sox in 2018.
  • Jon Jay (Staunton 2004) has signed a one-year, $4 million free agent contract with the Chicago White Sox. Jay hit a combined 268/330/347 in 527 at-bats split between Kansas City and Arizona in 2018. He is, at the moment, listed as the White Sox’s starting right fielder.
  • Sam Howard (Staunton 2012) was nontendered by the Rockies back in November (which means they declined to offer him a contract), but then they resigned him a couple months later. If I had to hazard a guess (and here I go), it looked like Colorado needed to clear a space on the 40-man roster at the time. Sam made his major league debut on June 10th, 2018, and threw 4 innings in the majors, allowing one run. He started 21 games in Triple-A Albuquerque in ’18, going 3-8, 5.06, with a 1.458 WHIP, 3.2 BB/9, and 7.5 K/9 in 96 innings.
  • Aubrey McCarty (Waynesboro 2015) was released by the Colorado Rockies. Picked in the 26th round in the 2017 draft, McCarty batted 262 times in two minor league seasons, both for Boise in the Northwest League. He slashed 206/271/260.
  •  Jake Johansen (Front Royal 2011) has been released by the Chicago White Sox. Jake, a 2nd round pick of the Nationals in 2013 out of Dallas Baptist, was the only Valley Leaguer picked in the top five rounds of that particular draft. He was released once already; the Nats let him go in May of 2017, but then the White Sox signed him. In 157 minor league games covering 338 innings, Jake went 16-25, 4.23, with a 1.556 WHIP, 4.4 BB/9, and 7.9 K/9.
  • Eric Stout (Waynesboro 2012), released by the Kansas City Royals in September, has been signed by the San Diego Padres. Eric made his major league debut on April 25th, 2018… but it didn’t go so well, as he gave up 6 earned runs in 2 1/3 innings. He spent the rest of 2018 in Triple-A Omaha, and he’ll most likely be assigned to Triple-A El Paso in the Padres’s system.
  • Scott Copeland (Staunton 2007), a minor league free agent, signed with the Washington Nationals. Scott pitched in the Mets’s system in 2018, and even pitched in one game in the majors. He has pitched in 199 games in the minor leagues in the past nine seasons.
  • Eric Campbell (Luray 2006), also a minor league free agent, has been signed by the Oakland A’s. Eric last played in the majors for the Mets in 2016, but hit 313/420/445 in 326 at-bats for Triple-A New Orleans in 2018.
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