Post-season Wrapup 2014
Many of our pros had a great year on the baseball field. Six of our pros received promotions during the season. Two of our pros made the All-Star team. One of our pros just recently signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks after spending the summer playing Independent Baseball. All around it was a great year collectively from all of the guys at All Pro Lessons. Take a look below at our Post-Season wrap-up of how each one of our pros performed individually this season as well as what to expect from them in 2015.
Post Season Wrap-up
Grant Buckner– The 1st baseman/outfielder started the year in High-A Winston-Salem. In 61 games with the Dash Grant hit .276 with 4 home runs and 26 RBIs. His performance with the dash led to late season promotion to Double-A Birmingham.
2015 preview: Look for Grant to start the year in Double-A Birmingham and compete for a starting position at 1b or outfield.
Chris Curley– The power hitting 3rd baseman started and finished the year in Double-A Birmingham. In 131 games with the Barons Chris hit .286 with 5 home runs and 53 RBIs. Chris followed up an MVP season with another impressive year.
2015 preview: Look for Chris to make the jump to Triple-A Charlotte next year and compete for a starting position at third base, shortstop, or designated hitter.
Austin Chubb– The backstop spent parts of the season between short season A Auburn and Low-A Hagerstown. The majority of the season was spent in Hagerstown where in 21 games he hit .221 with 1 home run and 5 RBIs.
2015 preview: Look for Austin to make the jump to High-A Potomac next year and compete for a starting position behind the dish.
Brady Shoemaker– Shoemaker did what he does best this year, hit. Brady started the year in Double-A Jacksonville where in 123 games he hit .274 with 12 home runs and 71 RBIs. Brady made the Southern League All-Star team. Brady is no stranger to All-Star games, it was his 3rd All-Star appearance in his professional career.
2015 preview: Look for Brady to start the year in Triple-A New Orleans. If Brady hits AGAIN in Triple-A next year, he’s going to put a lot of pressure on the Marlins front office. If Brady gets out to a hot start you might see him up with the big club before September next year.
Michael Earley– After a successful 2013 campaign, Michael followed it up with another great year. Michael spent the entire year in Double-A Birmingham where he hit .252 with 3 home runs and 27 RBIs. Michael also made the Southern League All-Start team. It was his second time being an All-Star in his professional career.
2015 preview: Look for Michael to make the jump to Triple-A Charlotte and compete for a starting outfield position.
Adam Heisler– The speedy outfielder started the year in High-A Winston-Salem and earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham about halfway through the year. Between Winston and Birmingham he hit .275 with 2 home runs and 9 RBIs.
2015 preview: Look for Adam to start the year in Double-A Birmingham and compete for a starting role in the outfield.
Stew Brase– Stew was released in Spring Training by the Chicago White Sox and went to play for the Southern Illinois Miners in the Independent Frontier League. Stew went to Southern Illinois and raised his arm slot back up; which seemed to be a good decision as his fastball was topping out at 97 MPH. Serving as the Miners set-up man Brase dominated Frontier League hitters. Over 46 appearances he threw 44 innings, allowing only 32 hits, while striking out 41, and carrying a 1.43 ERA. Stew recently signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will be reporting to Spring Training with them in Scottsdale, Arizona.
2015 Preview: Look for Stew to earn a spot in High-A Visalia or AA Mobile.
Greg Nappo– After a good showing in Major League Spring Training with the Marlins, Greg reported to AA Jacksonville and continued his successes from the 2013 season. In 46.2 innings Greg surrendered only 28 hits, struck out 40, and walked only 7. After putting together a 1.74 ERA in AA Greg earned a promotion to AAA New Orleans.
2015 Preview: Look for Greg in Big League Spring Training again with the Marlins, and to earn a job in AAA out of camp. If Greg puts together another good year the Marlins are going to be forced to give the effective lefty a shot in the big leagues.
Kevin Vance– After a stellar 2013 season, Kevin returned to the reigning Southern League Champion Birmingham Barons to bolster the bullpen the 2014 campaign. Kevin again showed great strikeout numbers in the AA Southern League with 61 strikeouts in 62.1 innings. Kevin finished with a 7-4 record out of the bullpen where he carried a 4.48 ERA. Vance, still young for AA, continues to be a prospect in the White Sox organization.
2015 Preview: After two full seasons in AA under his belt look for Kevin to have a shot to break with AAA Charlotte in 2015.
Jarrett Casey– After a solid 2013 season, where he earned a promotion to AA Birmingham, Jarrett continued his successes in 2014. Jarrett started the year in High-A Winston-Salem with 8 scoreless innings before earning a promotion to AA Birmingham. Casey continued his domination in AA where he carried a 1.98 ERA though 41 innings. Over those 41 innings he struck out 26 hitters while allowing only 26 hits. Jarrett continued to climb the ranks of the White Sox minor league system with an August promotion to AAA Charlotte. In AAA Jarrett compiled a 3.44 ERA over 18 innings, adding 6 strikeouts. Jarrett will continue his 2014 campaign by playing for the Tiburones de la Guaira in the highly-competitive Venezuelan Winter League.
2015 Preview: Look for Jarrett to possibly earn a Major League Spring Training invite in 2015 and compete for a job in AAA Charlotte out of Spring Training. If Jarrett puts together another strong year you could see him up with the big league club in September or even sooner.
Tony Bucciferro– Tony started the season as the ace in the rotation for High-A Winston-Salem. Tony threw 129.1 innings with the Dash where he struck out 94 hitters and allowed only 16 walks. With a 3.90 ERA over 21 starts, Tony earned a mid-season promotion to AA Birmingham. Tony made 6 starts in Birmingham compiling a 36 total innings. Over those 36 innings Tony allowed 45 hits, struck out 21, and walked only 6.
2015 Preview: After his strong showing in 2014 look to see Tony Bucciferro back in the starting rotation in Birmingham.
Dave Fischer– Dave saw limited action in 2014 due to an injury. Dave pitched 5.2 innings between the Gulf Coast Nationals and the Auburn DoubleDays, striking out 6 and allowing 4 hits.
2015 Preview: Dave is a Free-Agent heading into 2015.