Zobrist, Pence Highlight ‘Cats 15th Anniversary Team
The Tri-City ValleyCats will open up their 15th season on June 17. It's hard to believe that the 'Cats have been in Troy since 2002. What's more impressive is the list of players that have come through Joe Bruno Stadium.
Take a look as the 'Cats revealed their 15th Anniversary All-Time Team:
Pitchers (Year with ValleyCats) - (some of this taken from ValleyCats website)
SP- Michael Feliz (2013) - Hard throwing right-hander who started the year with Houston this season.
SP- Dallas Keuchel (2009) - American League Cy Young winner from 2015.
SP- Joe Musgrove (2014) - A Top 10-prospect in the Astros system right now, Musgrove controls the zone with ease and has great stuff.
SP- Chris Salamida (2006) - Capital Region native from Watervliet.
SP- Troy Scribner (2014-15) - His older brother Evan is currently in the Mariners system, Scribner throws nothing but strikes.
SP- Vince Velasquez (2012) - Pitcher with the Phillies currently. Had 16 strikeouts in a start last week.
SP- Ronnie Ventura (2004)
RP- Jorge De Leon (2010)
RP- Jason Dominguez (2007)
RP- Rodrigo Escobar (2004)
RP- Blake Ford (2012)
RP- Bud Norris (2006) - Among the first 'Cats to make it to the pros, Norris has pitched for the Astros and Orioles, and is now a member of the Braves.
RP- Gonzalo Sanudo (2013)
RP- Ryan Thompson (2014) - The submarine closer was always fun to watch in Tri-City.
Catchers (Year with ValleyCats)
C- Jason Castro (2008) - Major league catcher with the Houston Astros.
C- Tyler Heineman (2012) - Won the batting title with the 'Cats.
Infielders (Year with ValleyCats)
1B- Phil Disher (2008)
1B- A.J. Reed (2014) - This is a name you are going to hear for years. He's the No. 2 prospect in the entire organization. A power-hitting lefty, he'll be up this year in Houston.
2B- Jose Altuve (2009) - Won the AL Batting Title and the AL Stolen Base crown in 2014.
2B- Kike Hernandez (2010) - Current Dodgers utility player, appeared in the playoffs last season.
3B- Matt Duffy (2011)
3B- Bobby Wernes (2015) - Won the batting title in the New York-Penn League in 2015.
SS- Ben Orloff (2009-10) - The UC Irvine product is now a coach at Irvine, and was one of my favorite 'Cats to watch.
SS- Ben Zobrist (2004) - Arguably the most famous 'Cats alum, Zobrist won the league batting title in 2004 and won the World Series with the Royals in 2015. He's now a member of the Cubs.
Outfielders (Year with ValleyCats)
OF- Hunter Pence (2004) - He's a World Series champion himself as a member of the San Francisco Giants and a top OF in the National League.
OF- J.D. Martinez (2009) - The slugging OF is now a member of the Tigers. Hard to believe he, Keuchel and Altuve were all in Tri-City in 2009.
OF- George Springer (2011) - Among the top young players in the Astros system and their current RF.
OF- Andrew Aplin (2012)
OF- Preston Tucker (2012) - Currently in the majors with Houston.
OF- Johnny Sewald (2015)
Designated Hitter (Year with ValleyCats)
OF- J.B. Shuck (2008)
Manager (Year with ValleyCats)
Ed Romero (2013-15)