Former Eagles see success in pro baseball

One of 11 former Eagles to play pro baseball in 2019, Chavez Fernander delivers a pitch for the Connecticut Tigers. (Photo by Kevin Pataky,
One of 11 former Eagles to play pro baseball in 2019, Chavez Fernander delivers a pitch for the Connecticut Tigers. (Photo by Kevin Pataky,

Eleven former Polk State Eagles played professional baseball this year. Here's a recap of their performance: 

Alec Asher went 4-1 with a 3.58 ERA in 37 innings for the Sugar Land Skeeters and the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League (Independent) before signing with the Taiwan Uni-Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. In the previous four years he pitched in 38 major-league games for the Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, and Milwaukee Brewers.  

Beginning his pro career with Atlanta Braves' Danville (Va.) affiliate (Appalachian League, Rookie), Alec Barger finished 0-3 with 16 walks and 43 strikeouts.  

Jordan Barrett posted a 4-6 record for the Gateway (Ill.) Grizzlies (Frontier League Independent). Named the Grizzlies' Opening Day pitcher, he had a 4.37 ERA with 62 walks and 108 strikeouts. 

Jonathan Bermudez went 6-1 with 4.10 ERA, 26 walks, and 79 strikeouts for the Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston Astros, Single A Midwest League. He also appeared in two games for the Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston, Double A, Texas League). 

After finishing his senior year of college, Isaiah Cullum had a double and two RBI in nine games for the Gateway (Ill.) Grizzlies (Frontier League, Independent). 

In his first pro season,Zach Biermann split time between the Quad Cities River Bandits and the Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston Astros, Single A, New York-Penn League). In 45 games he had eight doubles, five home runs, and 22 RBI. 

Chavez Fernander advanced to the Connecticut Tigers (Detroit Tigers, NY-Penn League, Single A). In 35 innings he went 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA, 13 walks, and 33 strikeouts.  

Jordan Guerrero had 57 strikeouts in 52 innings for the Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego Padres, California League, Single A). He finished 2-3 with a 1 2.05 ERA. He also appeared in one game for the Amarillo Sod Poodles of the Texas League (San Diego Padres, Double A). 

Playing his third season in the Miami Marlins organization, JD Osborne hit .258 for the Clinton (Iowa) LumberKings (Midwest League, Single A). He slugged 10 homers and 28 doubles. 

Making his pro debut for the Gulf Coast Red Sox (Boston, Gulf Coast League, Rookie), Zach Schneider had 33 strikeouts and just four walks. He went 1-2 with a 2.28 ERA and four saves. 

Jordan Spicer started his professional career for the Boise (Idaho) Hawks (Colorado Rockies, Northwest League, Single A). Seeing limited action, he had one walk and four strikeouts in three innings.  

In his first season out of college, Zak Spivy pitched in 18 games for the Florence (Ky.) Freedom of the Frontier League (Independent). He posted a 2-5 record with a 2.86 ERA.


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