Ten former Lion baseball players have appeared in professional baseball this summer, including left-hander Jason Wheeler making his Major League debut on May 30 for the Minnesota Twins. While Wheeler was busy playing on the game's highest stage, Phil Caulfield was just beginning his professional career after being drafted in the 32nd round of this year's MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. The native of Burlingame, Calif. played in his first professional game on July 7.
Wheeler, an eighth-round pick of the Twins in 2011, made two appearances with Minnesota before being acquired by the Dodgers in early June. After spending the month in Los Angeles' organization, Wheeler was traded on July 2 to the Baltimore Orioles, where he has been assigned to AAA Norfolk.
Caulfield has appeared in six games so far for the Gulf Coast League Nationals, batting .381 with two runs scored, an RBI and four walks.
J.D. Busfield, who was nabbed in the seventh round by Tampa Bay in 2016, has had a stellar second professional season so far, earning a midseason All-Star selection while pitching for Bowling Green. The right-hander has amassed a 4-6 record with a 3.53 ERA over 16 starts and 86.2 innings of work so far for the Hot Rods.
A two-time Organizational All-Star, and the ninth-best prospect in the Angels system according to MLB.com, shortstop David Fletcher continues to impress at every Minor League level. The sixth-round selection of the Angels in 2015, Fletcher was recently promoted to AAA Salt Lake after batting .276 in 64 games at AA Mobile. Since the promotion, Fletcher has batted .333 with four runs scored, two doubles and five RBI. He has hit safely in five of the six AAA contests, including logging multiple hits in three.
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