A Trip A Around The Minor Leagues- Great Lake Loons – Winners Only Club

Bvail/ Elkhorn Wi/ September 1 2022

IM BACK! Sorry for the break in articles I was getting married but I’m back. I hope your ready to learn about the Great Lake Loons. The winners of the first half of the season which means they have locked up their spot in the playoffs.

The Loons are located in the town of Midland, Michigan since 2007. Right now, the Loons are affiliated with the LA Dodgers. They have had multiple team control them in the past like St. Louis Cardinals (82-94), Boston Red Sox for (95-98), Houston Astros (99-02), The Evil Emprie ( The Yankees) ( 03-04), and The Tampa Bay Devils Ray’s ( 05-06).

They haven’t always been the Loons. You might know them by names like , Hatters, Battles Cats and The Yankees. The Loons have played at the DOW Diamond since 2007. Before that they were at C.O. Brown Stadium. They have hosted the Midwest League All-Star game twice once in 2008 and 2017.

Now on the the previous player on this team.

Frist is Clayton Kershaw who is one of the best pitcher of the 2010s. He is an 8 time all-star, he is won the ERA title 5 times ( 11 -14, 16). He has won the Cy Young award 3 times (11 , 13 and 14 ) and most recently he won the World series in 2020.

Johan Santana was a pitcher that played in the major league for 12 years . In the 12 years he won 2 AL Cy Young awards (04-06). He was a Triple Crown winner in 06, he pitched a no hitter on June 1st 2012. He was also elected to the Minnesota Twins Hall Of Fame.

Roy Oswalt was a pitcher who played for the Loons in 1999 . Roy had a good career, he was a 3 tike all start form 05 to 07 . He won the NLCS MVP in 2005. He was NL ERA leader in 2006. He was elected to be in the Houston Astros hall of Fame. Now on the prospects and let me tell you these prospects are some of the best.

Diego Cartaya is a catcher and also is the number one prospect in the Dodgers organization. He was signed out of Venezuela for $2.5 million dollars and made his US debut in 2019 at the age of 19 . This season he batting a decent .285 Avg. His OBP is .411 and SLG % of .512. In 32 games he has 35 hits ,10 doubles and 6 dingers. He will be double A soonpr trade keep an eye on him. He may be moved for a big name, maybe Juan Soto.

Eddys Leonard is a versatile defender for every pos  in the infield. He was signed out of Dominican Republic for $200,000 dollars. This year he is batting .265, has an OBP of .359 and slugging of .414. In 88 games, he has 91 hits, 25 doubles , 32 walks and most importantly he has 8 dingers.

Nick Nastrini Is a RHP that was drafted in 2021 in the 4th round. He has a mid 90s fastball , upper 70s curveball, low 80 slider, and a mid 80s change up. In 18 games he has ERA of 4.21, WHIP of 1.29, and opponents batting AVG of .200. In 68.1 innings he has giving up 51 hits , 9 dingers and has given up 33 walks.

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