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April 21 Pro Ball Update: Program 15 Alums Excelling At The Next Level

April 21, 2019

Of the nine alums of the inaugural International Week event that have gone on to professional baseball, it’s Grayson Rodriguez (pictured) that’s garnered the most attention so far.

Rodriguez, the 11th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles, is 3-0 with an 0.54 ERA in his first three starts for Low-A Delmarva, striking out 28 batters in just 16 2/3 innings while walking only six.  He struck out ten batters in each of his first two outings, and fanned eight in his most recent outing against Greensboro.

Here’s a look at the rest of the active alums, with plenty more to come once the 2019 MLB Draft takes place in June, which will include plenty of 2018 International Week participants.

All stats are accurate as of April 20, 2019:

Noah “Bo” Naylor, Indians, Lake County (A-): 11 GP, .184, 0 HR, 4 RBI
Dominic Pipkin, Phillies, Lakewood (A-): 0-1, 5.79 ERA, 3 GP, 1 GS, 7 K, 4 BB, 9 1/3 IP
Damon Casetta-Stubbs, Mariners, Modesto (A+): 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GP, 3 K, 2 BB, 2 1/3 IP

Mateo Gil, Yeancarlos Lleras, Sean Guilbe, Alberto Gonzalez, Xavier Valentin are all either in extended spring training or expected to be assigned to short-season teams.

Mike Ashmore

Mike Ashmore is a veteran baseball writer with 15 years experience in the business.He's covered the last four World Series, and has also worked everything ranging from the MLB All-Star Game to the World Baseball Classic.In addition to his role working for Program 15, the 34-year-old New Jersey native currently serves as the beat writer of the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League as well as national hockey writer and New York Giants beat reporter for The Trentonian.Ashmore has worked the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Final, Frozen Four, Daytona 500, major UFC events and much more as he approaches 2,000 games covered in his career.
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