Another Dan Becomes a Major Leaguer
For the second time in a week, a Danville Dan has made his MLB debut.
Relief pitcher Bryan Baker tossed a scoreless 8th inning September 5 for the Toronto Blue Jays in their win against the Oakland A’s. The 2014 Dan struck out one and allowed one hit during his inning.
Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 11th Round in 2016 as a junior out of North Florida. He was traded to the Blue Jays in 2018. At Triple-A, Baker was in 33 games with a 4-1 record and nine saves. He has struck out 40 while walking 16 with a 1.32 ERA.
Baker becomes the 31st Danville Dan to put on a major league uniform.
Rivas Becomes 30th Dan To Make It To The Majors
On Sunday, August 29, Alfonso Rivas - a 2016 Dan - went 2-3 as the starting 1st baseman for the Chicago Cubs. He hit a single on the first pitch he saw in the 3rd, and added a double in the 5th. He becomes the 30th Danville Dan to appear in a MLB game. The Arizona Wildcat was drafted by the Oakland A's in the 10th round of the 2018 draft, and was traded to the Cubs in January 2020. This summer at Triple-A Iowa, he hit .284 in 58 games.
Four Dans Lead Prospect League All-Star Selections
The Danville Dans led the East Conference with four selections to the Prospect League’s 2021 Postseason All-Stars. They include:
- Cooper McMurray, 1B, a sophomore at University of Kansas
- Keenan Taylor, 3B, a sophomore now attending Parkland College
- Angelo Peraza, C, a sophomore at University of San Diego
- Jacob Leger, relief pitcher, a sophomore now at the University of Alabama.
The only other team in the league with four selections was the Western Conference Cape Catfish, who were the league champions.
In addition to the all-star selections, other league awards were presented:
- The Roland Hemond Pro Prospect of the Year and Starting Pitcher of the Year is Ryan Eiermann of the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp.
- The Galen Woods Fireman of the Year, given to the league’s top reliever each season, is Anthony Klein of the O’Fallon Hoots.
- The 2021 Mike Schmidt Player of the Year Jackson Jones of the Burlington Bees.
- The 2021 Prospect League Manager of the Year, for a second-consecutive season, is Cape’s Steve Larkin, who guided the Catfish to the Prospect League Championship in the team’s second season.
The all-star teams and awards were voted on by the league’s 16 field managers.
Congrats to Coop, Keenan, Angelo and Jake!
DansShare Program Gives Back to Community
The DansShare program helps support area nonprofits, school and sports teams by having their group work in the concession stand or sell the 50-50 tickets. The concession groups receive a donation for their work, as well as accepting tips from hungry fans. Fans also purchase 50-50 tickets from other groups selling the chances during the games, with the selling group receiving a portion of the proceeds.
This year through DansShare, nearly $9,750 was given to these area nonprofits and sports teams during the 2021 season – a year that saw four home rainouts, or the total would have been higher.
Other community efforts this past season included hosting the ImpactLife Bloodmobile along with a COVID-19 vaccination drive in cooperation with the Vermilion County Health Department and the National Guard. The Dans also worked with our presenting sponsor, OSF Healthcare, to raise funds during their All Cancer Awareness Night on the last game of the season.
So just as Dans fans enjoy coming to the ballpark every summer, the Dans enjoy giving back to our community.
Dans Season Ends with Playoff Loss
Unfortunately, the Dans 2021 season came to an end last night with a 4-2 loss to the Lafayette Aviators in the Wabash River Division playoff game. But it was great to have baseball back at Danville Stadium this summer, and the Dans 36 wins ranks 3rd-most in team history. Johnathon Thomas moved up to second on the Prospect League stolen base list with 42 steals (behind '18 Dans Zach Huffins 44).
And thanks to the fans - all 44,838 of you - that came to the games this season!
Dans Teammates Picked in 2021 MLB Draft
Johnny Ray and Kobe Kato, teammates on the 2018 Dans roster, were selected in the 2021 MLB Draft
Ray was picked in the 12th Round by the Chicago White Sox.
Kato was taken in the 13th Round by the Houston Astros.
They add their names of more than 200 Dans that have played in professional baseball - including 29 that have made it to the Majors.
Congrats Johnny and Kobe!
Reed Named Pitcher of the Week
Congrats to Dans pitcher Jacob Reed (University of San Diego) on being named the Prospect League's Prairie Farms Pitcher of the Week. Jacob threw seven shutout innings - striking out seven while walking one - to get a win at Terre Haute on Friday. He also tossed a scoreless inning of relief on Tuesday at Lafayette. His ERA for the week is 0.00. Congrats, Jacob, on a great week!
Dans Go on the Road, Come Back July 4
Danville Dans will play on the road for the next five days, with a chance to claim the first-half title in the Wabash River Division.
The Dans play at Lafayette Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. Going into the games just 1 game behind the Aviators. If the Dans sweep the two games, they would take the first-half title, and would host the Divisional playoff game on August 5.
On Thursday, the team travels to Peru for a game against the IL Valley Pistol Shrimp. They finish the week in Terre Haute to take on the REX Friday and Saturday nights.
The Dans are home next Sunday for the 4th of July. We'll have our regular 4:30 pm Sunday start as we take on the Springfield Sliders. There will be no fireworks after the game, so you can go watch your favorite fireworks show after the game.
Dans Baseball Camps
Danville Dans will be holding three Baseball Skills Camps this summer. These two-day camps will be guided by Dans coaches and players. They will help your young player improve skills by teaching them new drills, mechanics and strategies. This camp is ideal for school-aged players looking for a well-round experience. All camps will run 9:00 am - 12:00 noon each day at Danville Stadium. Click on the picture at the left to download a registration form.