Our Saturday winner is Erik Kratz- he will move on to face Johnny Oates in the next round.

Today’s Matchup

Tom Brookens vs. Luke Scott

  • Brookens, from Mansfield University, played in Waynesboro. He was the 4th overall pick in the 1975 January draft of the Detroit Tigers. He reached Detroit in 1979, and spent the next 12 years in the major leagues. He won a World Series with the Tigers in 1984, and reached the 1987 ALCS as well. After his playing career, he went on the manage in the minor leagues for five seasons, winning a Midwest League title with West Michigan in 2007. Even on teams with Lou Whitaker, Alan Trammell, Kirk Gibson, and Jack Morris, Brookens was considered a fan favorite because of his hustle, glasses, and awesome mustache.
  • Scott attended Oklahoma State University, and played in Staunton. Drafted in the 9th round in 2001 by the Cleveland Indians, Scott was eventually traded to the Houston Astros in 2007, and then, three years later, traded to the Baltimore Orioles in a package that netted the ‘Stros Miguel Tejada. Scott’s best major league season was in 2010 with Baltimore, when he slashed .284/.368/.535 in 447 at-bats, with 29 doubles, 27 home runs, 72 RBIs, and a solid 59/98 BB/K ratio. He ended his career playing in Korea in 2014, and Mexico in 2015 (he’s fluent in Spanish).

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And by the way, if you want to read much, much more about the 2019 VBL season, be sure to check out the 2019 Valley League Annual!