This is why we do this, right? To see the development of baseball players, and celebrate when a few make the ultimate level (and eventually cash the ultimate paycheck).
Let’s take a quick look at the former Valley Leaguers who make their major league debut in 2015, and a look at who might reach the “Show” in the season that’s just about to start!
- Adam Liberatore (Waynesboro 2007-08), April 17
- Jack Leathersich (Haymarket 2009), April 29
- Scott Copeland (Staunton 2007), May 2
- Guido Knudson (Woodstock 2009), August 22
- Rico Noel (Covington 2008), September 2
- Mac Williamson (Harrisonburg 2011), September 23
Possible 2016 Debuts (a list of ten+one)
- Tyler White (Haymarket 2010) (This is a gimmee- Tyler has already made Houston’s opening day roster, so he’ll make his debut, possibly, on opening day!)
- Jacob Wilson (Luray 2009): My guess is that as soon as the Cardinals need a backup infielder, Jacob will get a shot.
- Chris Devenski (Woodstock 2011): Chris threw amazingly well in Spring Training. I see him helping the Astros’ bullpen in 2016.
- Chad Kuhl (New Market 2012): Chad threw tremendously well in Double-A in 2015- he’s on the cusp!
- Brian Holmes (Harrisonburg 2010): 70 strikeouts in 71 Double-A innings in ’15, plus being a 6-foot-4 lefty….
- Ryan Yarbrough (Luray 2012): Another big lefty (he’s 6-5); I’ve read that he has a chance to help the Mariners later in 2016
- Greg Nappo (Haymarket 2010): Greg has done nothing but dominate the minors. Come on, Miami, it’s time!
- Kaleb Fleck (Waynesboro 2008, 2010): 66 K’s in 52 Triple-A innings, plus Kaleb has advanced one level every year since signing in 2012… so, it’s time!
- Stephen Kohlscheen (Harrisonburg 2010): Another big reliever who strikes batters out!
- Ryan Schimpf (Luray 2008): New organization (Padres), lots of power from a second baseman…
and one extra:
11. Sherman Johnson (Covington 2009-10): The OBP will be too much for the Angels to resist!