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Spencer Patton

Prior to going to Japan for the 2017 baseball season, Spencer was a member of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. He also was a part of the now-famous game against the Cincinnati Reds on June 28, 2016 in which manager Joe Maddon’s unique and creative thinking was on full display. During the 14th inning of that game, Spencer and Travis Wood alternated between pitching and playing Left Field.

Spencer was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 24th round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. In 2014, on the same day as his appearance in the Triple-A All-Star Game, Spencer was traded to the Texas Rangers. He made his Major League debut later that same year on September 4, 2014. Following the 2015 season, he was traded from the Rangers to the Cubs.

Spencer has averaged more than a strikeout per inning during his MLB career to date, which has stretched 54.2 innings pitched. Spencer and his family currently reside in Southern Illinois.

Twitter: @SBPatton

Jennifer Wakefield

Jennifer Wakefield has been a member of Canada’s Women’s National Team since 2007. She made her Olympic debut at Sochi 2014, helping Canada win its fourth straight gold medal in women’s hockey.

Wakefield began her collegiate career at the University of New Hampshire in 2007-2008, helping her team reach the NCAA Frozen Four as a freshman. The following season she was a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top female player in NCAA hockey. Wakefield transferred to Boston University and helped the team reach the championship game in 2010-2011. Her last year at Boston University, she served as captain, selected as BU’s Female Athlete of the Year, named to the All-Decade Hockey East All-Star Team, and Team MVP.

After graduation in 2012, she was drafted by the Toronto Furies of the CWHL and helped them reach the Clarkson Cup in 2012-2013. Following the Olympics in 2014, Jennifer decided to take her hockey career to Europe playing in both men and women’s leagues in Sweden. Currently she is playing for Linkoping Hockey Club as she gets ready for the 2018 Olympics.

Twitter: @JennWake9

Instagram: Jennywake9

Anya Battaglino

Anya is a professional hockey player for the NWHL’s Connecticut Whale where she is also the Director of the National Women’s Hockey League Players’ Association. Prior to the NWHL, Battaglino played her collegiate hockey at Boston University before getting her first opportunity to play professionally in CWHL for the Boston Blades capturing the Clarkson Cup in 2013.

When she isn’t on the ice, Battaglino is working towards growing the sport and league as the director of the NWHLPA.

Twitter: @battaglinoa

Instagram: battaglinoa

Dustin Geiger

Dustin Geiger is a minor league 1b in the Miami Marlins organization. He was drafted in the 24th round in the 2010 MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs out of Merritt Island High School in Florida.

Dustin had a break out year for the for the Cubs Single-A Affiliate in Daytona hitting .281/.365/.458 with 17 home runs and 86 RBI and was named MiLB Organization All-Star. Last season he slashed .293/.372/.442 with 11 home runs and 57 RBI in a couple of stops in the Independent Leagues before being picked up by the Miami Marlins in the offseason.

Twitter: @D_Geiger

Instagram: d_geiger13

Jenelle Kohanchuk

Jenelle Kohanchuk is also a member of the Canadian National Women’s Hockey Program and played collegiately at Boston University. At BU, she was named Hockey East All-Rookie Team and top rookie at the Hockey East Championship in 2008-09. She was part of the Terriers squad that won its’ first-ever Hockey East Championship in 2010.

Jenelle’s first experience with Hockey Canada came in 2008 and was a member of Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team for a three game series against the United States. Kohanchuk has played professionally for the Toronto Furies since 2013 and was selected to the All-Star Game in 2017.

Twitter: @Kohanchuk19

Instagram: kohanchuk19

Tyler Skulina

Tyler Skulina was drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs out of Kent State University.

In High School among his many honors, Tyler was named 2009 Ohio High School Baseball Gatorade Player of the Year, Max Preps Baseball Underclassman All-American, Ohio High School Magazine Baseball Player of the Year and Akron Beacon Journal Player of the Year. He also earned Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball First Team High School All-American honors in 2009 and honorable mention accolades in 2010.

Last season, Skulina played for the Tennessee Smokies the Double-A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs last season where he was selected to the 2016 Southern League All-Star Game.

Twitter: @tskully31

Instagram: tskully31

Isaiah Williams

Isaiah is a professional football player for the Washington Redskins. Williams played collegiately with the University of Akron from 2011-15, appearing in 45 games during that span.

The 6-foot-3, 295 pounder appeared in 10 games on the offensive line as a senior in 2015, helping the Zips rush for more than 164 yards per contest, earning Third-Team All-MAC.

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Joe DeNato

Joe was drafted by the Phillies in the 19th round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft out of Indiana University. He finished his storied career at Indiana as one of the greatest pitcher’s in the school’s history. He holds eight school pitching records, was named 2014 Big Ten Conference Pitcher of the Year, 2014 Louisville Slugger All-American, and led IU to back-to-back conference championships, conference tournament championships, and NCAA Tournament appearances.

Joe’s collegiate pitching success has carried over into the professional ranks. He has pitched at every level in the Phillies Minor League organization, and in 2015, was named an All-Star. Additionally, he had the honor and privilege to represent the United States by being selected to play for Team USA in the inaugural Premier 12 Tournament in 2015. Joe and Team USA made it to the championship game in Tokyo, Japan before succumbing to Team South Korea.

Joe and his wife currently reside in Arizona.

Twitter: @jdenato5

Kyle Hart

If Joe DeNato is considered the greatest pitcher in Indiana University history, then Kyle Hart is likely considered the second greatest pitcher in the school’s history. Kyle was drafted by the Red Sox in the 19th round of the 2016 MLB Draft from IU, where he ranks #2 in school history for career Wins.

Kyle is a scratch golfer, and is addicted to Skyline Chili from his hometown of Cincinnati, OH.

Twitter: @hart_attack_kid

Instagram: hart_attack_14

Kyle Barrett

Kyle was selected by the Marlins in the 15th round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft from the University of Kentucky. He was the 2nd player in school history to lead the Southeastern Conference regular season in Hits, and he finished his illustrious college career at UK hitting .324, good enough for 22nd in the school’s history.

In 2016, Kyle was named the Marlins’ Class A Player of the Year. He that up by being selected a Mid-Season All-Star in 2017, which quickly led to a promotion to the club’s Double-A affiliate in June of 2017.

Twitter: @kbarrett_4

Instagram: kbarrett_4

Keith Grieshaber

Keith was drafted by the Angels in the 16th round of the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft from Jefferson College in Missouri, and immediately made himself at home against professional pitching. He hit a combined .317/.362/.405 at 2 different Rookie league levels, along with 15 extra base hits, 28 RBI, and 12 stolen bases in 15 attempts. For his efforts, Keith was tabbed by “Baseball America” as the 2016 Angels draftee with the “Best Pro Debut.”

Keith is a phenomenal athlete. In addition to his tremendous athletic prowess on the baseball diamond, he was also named the 2013-14 Gatorade Missouri Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

Twitter: @Chief_Keith29

Mitch Ghelfi

Mitch was selected by the Brewers in the 28th round of the 2015 MLB Draft from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

The “Ghelfi” name has enjoyed a long history and tradition with professional baseball. Mitch’s uncle, Tony, was drafted in the 1st round of the 1980 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies and made it to the big leagues as a pitcher in 1983. His Dad, Andy, was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1985 draft by the Cleveland Indians, and he spent five seasons in the minor leagues. Finally, Mitch’s brother, Drew, was drafted by the Brewers in the 25th round of the 2013 draft.

Mitch was selected as an All-Star in 2016 after putting together a solid season at two different Class A levels. He was well on his way to another all-star caliber season in 2017, before a thumb injury required surgery and caused him to miss a significant part of the season.

Twitter: @MitchGhelfi

Darian Sandford

Darian’s story has the potential to be one of the biggest and most intriguing of the 2017 season. He was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 47th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of Park University, a little-known NAIA school in Parkville, MO. At that time, “Baseball America” tabbed him as the “Fastest Player in the 2010 MLB Draft.” Darian led the league in Stolen Bases in both 2010 and 2011, however, the Royals released him during Spring Training in 2012.

From 2012 to 2017, Darian played for several teams in various independent leagues all over the country. During the course of those five seasons in independent ball he continued to display his blazing speed. In 2012, he set the Frontier League single-season Stolen Base record with 71 in 94 games. In 2016, he set the Pacific Association single-season Stolen Base record with 99 in 78 games. And for part of 2017, he led the American Association with 33 Stolen Bases in 48 games. In June of 2017, Darian’s pursuit of getting back to affiliated ball was realized when the Washington Nationals purchased his contract and immediately assigned him to their Double-A affiliate.

There is hope that Darian’s world-class speed and defensive abilities will be enough to get him promoted to the Nationals’ big league club in September. If that happens, it could prove to be the best baseball story of 2017.

Twitter: @bigdreamsbigego

Instagram: Primetime123

Evan Miller

Evan was selected by the Padres in the 22nd round of the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft from Indiana University/Purdue University at Fort Wayne. He was just the third player in school history to ever be drafted by MLB.

While at IPFW, he set the school single-season records for Games Started and Strikeouts. He also ranks #3 in school history in career Strikeouts and Strikeouts per Nine Innings, and #8 in career Games Started and career Wins.

Twitter: @Evan_Miller14

Instagram: evanmiller14

Jeff Kinley

Jeff was drafted by the Marlins in the 28th round of the 2015 MLB Draft from Michigan State University.

In 2017, Jeff was named to the Mid-Season High-A All-Star Team after garnering a 1.95 ERA in 27.2 IP and 6 Saves. Opponents hit just .212 against him. After the All-Star Game, Jeff was promoted to the club’s Double-A affiliate.

Twitter: @J_kins15

Instagram: Jkins1515

Brady Shoemaker

Brady was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 19th round of the 2009 MLB Draft from Indiana State University. Since then, he has played at every affiliated level, and was even invited to big league Spring Training in 2016 by the Miami Marlins, where he hit .500 in 12 at bats.

In seven Minor League seasons with the White Sox and Marlins, Brady has garnered three Mid-Season All-Star selections, three Post-Season All-Star selections, four Player of the Week titles, two Organization All-Star selections, one Topps Short-Season/Rookie All-Star selection, and most recently, Player of the Month for June 2017.

Twitter: @this_is_BS21

Instagram: this_is_bs21

Kaleb Ort

Kaleb was signed by the Yankees in May 2017 following their purchase of his contract from the independent Joliet Slammers in the Frontier League. Kaleb possesses a power arm with a fastball that has been clocked as high as 97 mph.

Kaleb attended Aquinas College in Michigan, and currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI.

Twitter: @Ort_Kaleb33

Instagram: ort_kaleb33

Joe Barlow

Joe was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 11th round of the 2016 MLB Draft from Salt Lake Community College. During college, Joe was primarily used as a Catcher, but his 95 mph fastball intrigued the Rangers enough to convert him to a full-time Pitcher.

Joe lives in Riverton, UT and is one of 11 children.

Twitter: @_Joe_Bar_Low

Instagram: joe_barlow8

Christian Broussard

Christian represents one of the more intriguing draft picks of the 2017 MLB Draft. He was selected in the 22nd round by the Twins from California State University, Los Angeles.

Christian possesses both a power arm and a power bat, which makes him potentially a rare two-way threat for the Twins. MLB scouts agree that he could be a fascinating sleeper prospect if he continues to develop his raw power at the plate and on the mound.

Instagram: cj_18broussard

Jeremy McKinney

Jeremy was selected by the Nationals in the 31st round of the 2017 MLB Draft from Indiana State University. After just 2.1 IP in the Gulf Coast Rookie League, Jeremy was promoted to the club’s Short-Season affiliate, thanks in part to his power fastball capable of reaching 96 mph.

Twitter: @jmac_215

Instagram: jmac_215

Nick Brown

Nick Brown was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 32 nd  round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of William & Mary.

Nick pitched four years at William & Mary but raised his draft stock after a strong performance in the Cape Cod League where he flashed a 94 mph fastball along with a sharp curveball. In high school, Nick was named a high watch player by Perfect Game magazine. Among his many honors in high school, Nick was named to first team all-district team twice, first team all-region and second team all-district once, and All-State Honorable Mention during his senior year.

Twitter: @nsbrowny

Instagram: nsbrowny


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