Three Former Dans In MLB Playoffs
When you're watching the MLB post-season this fall, be sure to check out the three former Dans that are participating in the action.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan is in his second year of post-season action with the Northsiders. He was with the Dans in 2004
Mitch Moreland is on the Texas Rangers roster for the fifth time in post-season play. The first baseman was a Dan in 2005.
Pitcher Tanner Roark is on the Washington Nationals playoff roster for the second time in his career. The right-hander wore a Dans uniform in 2006.
Three other Dans were part of playoff team rosters during the regular season. Louis Coleman (2006 Dans) pitched in 61 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers; AJ Griffin (2007 Dans) made 23 starts on the mound for the Rangers during this year; and Chad Girodo (2010 Dans) made his MLB debut with the Toronto Blue Jays in April and pitched in 14 games during four different call-ups this season.
Good luck to Chris, Mitch and Tanner as they strive to win the World Series.
Fiske Named a Post-Season All-Star
Joey Fiske, a two-year Danville Dan, was named a Prospect League Post Season All-Star outfielder. The awards were announced this week by Commissioner Bryan Wickline.
Fiske is a junior-to-be at St. Mary’s College of California. He played predominately center field in 42 games for the Dans this year. He hit .316, driving in 16 runs and scoring 30. Fiske walked 16 times while striking out in just 19 at bats. He was second on the team with 21 stolen bases.
Fiske was selected as a mid-season All-Star for the second year in a row this year. Last year’s season was cut short by an injury in early July. He is the first Dan selected for post season honors since 2013.
Missing from the post-season selection was Dans right-hander reliever Casey Sullivan, a junior-to-be from Louisiana Tech. Sullivan appeared in 18 games, throwing 39.2 innings. He tossed 59 strikeouts on the way to a .90 ERA. He had a 2-0 record with five saves. He gave up 15 walks and 17 hits.
The Prospect League Post Season All-Stars are voted on by field managers, a front office representative and one media representative from each team.
“The Danville Dans have 27 alumni who went on to the major leagues. It would be a pleasure to add Joey or Casey to that list some day,” said managing partner Jeanie Cooke.
Dans Finish 2016 Season
While the Danville Dans didn't make the playoffs this ear, they still had an outstanding season. They finish with a record of 35-25, the second most wins in team history. Other top marks include:
Team ERA: 3.25 ERA - just behind DuPage's 3.20
Team Strikeouts Thrown: 492 - 38 ahead of DuPage
Team Batting Average: .272 - 4th in League, behind Terre Haute (.277),
Springfield & DuPage (.273)
Stolen Bases: 127 - 8 ahead of West Virginia
Extra Base Hits: 138 - 4th in the League
Congrats to all our Dans players and coaches on a great season. Good luck with school this coming year.
Four Starters, Two Pitchers Named as All-Stars
The Prospect League All-Star Game will be Wednesday, July 13. And there will be four Danville Dans on the West Division’s starting lineup. In addition, two pitchers were selected to the team. They include:
Andrew Curran – 2B, IL Central College (going to Eastern Illinois)
Josh Smith – SS, heading to LSU this fall
Joey Fiske – OF, St. Mary’s College of CA
Matt Fortin – C, Seton Hall
Bryan Ayers – RHP, Arkansas State
Chris Fearon – RHP, Kansas
Congrats to these Dans!
Five Dans Selected in MLB Draft
The 2016 MLB draft saw three teammates from 2014 drafted, along with a pitcher from last year, and a current Dan. Those selected include:
Bryan Baker (North Florida, Jr) - 2014 RHP, 11th Round by Colorado Rockies
Ben Braymer (Auburn, Jr) - 2014 LHP, 18th Round by Washington Nationals
Dalton Lundeen (Valparaiso, Sr) - 2014 LHP, 30th Round by Detroit Tigers
Robbie Gordon (Maryville U, Sr) - 2015 RHP, 36th Round by St. Louis Cardinals
Josh Smith (going to LSU, HS Sr) - 2016 SS, 38th Round by Detroit Tigers
CONGRATS TO THESE DANS ON GETTING DRAFTED!