Awards: Champion – 1 (2018), Experience – 1 (2018), All Star – 1 (2018)
Notes: James hit the scene late in 2017 and looks to have a ton of promise moving forward from the mound. He was thrown in some big games late in the year and stayed focused. He was the 3rd pick in the 2018 draft and was picked up by the Lake County Liners. Caleb trusted him throughout the whole year which included a pallet falling on his leg and some injuries late in the year.
Bracket Info: James was a #57 seed last year losing to Matt Dykstra in the first round. This year he will be the #32 seed facing off against #33 Ryan Barnes in the opening round.
#32 (34.73) Alec Gerlach
General Stats – 24 Games Played (17-7), 34.73 Ranking (32nd), 29.93 Qualify (39th), 39.54 Salary (23rd), 35.04 Batting (38th), 44.04 Pitching (15th).
Awards: Champion – 1 (2018), Experience – 1 (2018), All Star – 1 (2018)
Notes: A rookie on the scene this year he was scooped up by Caleb and never looked back. He looks to be a early first round pick next year, but time will tell if he can be successful with having 2 of the best fielders in the league behind him every week.
Bracket Info: This is his first year in the league. He will be the #31 seed in the bracket and will take on the 2014 MVP #34 sed Alan Myszkowski in the first round of the bracket.
#31 (36.56) Austin Warner
2017: #32 (28.70)
2016: #41 (9.32)
2015: #36 (11.47)
2014: #32 (14.96)
General Stats: 41 Games Played (21-20), 36.56 Ranking (31st), 48.01 Qualify (25th), 25.10 Salary (76th), 20.40 Batting (86th), 29.80 Pitching (48th).
Notes: Austin came back after a 2 Year Hiatus in 2017. He was the reason the league got articles in both the NWI Times and Post Tribune. He was the 3rd base coach for the Legends in Morenci, MI. In 2018 he somewhat led the Hawaiians even with a month-long trip out of the country. He made a lot of bold moves as an owner. He moved to Chicago this past offseason, but hopes to still be a regular week in and out in 2019.
Bracket Info: Austin was the #32 seed last year beating Lucas Miedema in the opening round before losing to Caleb, the eventual inductee, in the second round. This year he will be the #30 seed facing off against #35 seeded Brad Kamstra.
#30 (37.61) Alex Friedman
2017: #29 (29.31)
General Stats – 38 Games Played (17-21), 37.61 Ranking (30th), 46.03 Qualify (27th), 29.20 Salary (54th), 31.12 Batting (50th), 27.29 Pitching (59th)
Notes: Alex led the Free Agent Otters to a huge upset of the Dutch Ovens in the playoffs in 2017. He was also a participant in the All Star game in 2017 as a reserve. The ORWBL Commissioner helped coach the Legends National team in 2017 in Morenci. Friedman went in the 1st round of the 2018 draft to Marty Rasala and the Diamond Dusters. After a piss poor first half of the season he began being tossed around like a trashy lot lizard, the Narwhals finally scooped him up for the playoffs in 2018 finishing dead last.
Hall of Fame Tourney History: Alex beat out Austin Gibson (#36) in the opening round of the bracket last year before losing to Jared Jonkman (#4) in the Round of 32. He was a #29 last year, and will be the #29 seed yet again this year. He takes on #36 Jim Tucker in the opening round which could be a close matchup.
#29 (38.16) Jackson Buzea
General Stats – 21 Games Played (11-10), 38.16 Ranking (29th), 27.24 Qualify (42nd), 49.08 Salary (9th), 52.29 Batting (6th), 45.87 Pitching (13th)
Awards: Rookie of the Year – (2018), All Leroy – 1 (2018), All Salary – 1 (2018), All Iron – 1 (2018), All Batting – 1 (2018), All Pitching – 1 (2018), All Star – 1 (2018), Experience – 1 (2018).
Notes: Jackson stole the show for the first half of the season with MVP hopes in his rookie debut. The GBL star made the Narwhals relevant and produced a stellar year. He looks to start his own legacy as an owner in 2019 and all eyes will be on how it affects his performance. In 2017 Marty won Rookie of the Year and became an owner to see his performance slightly falter with the pressures of making the right moves.
Hall of Fame Tourney History: This is Jackson’s first year in the league. He will be the #28 seed and go up against veteran #37 seeded Aaron Barnes in the opening round.
#28 (38.34) Drew Eenigenburg
2017: #21 (38.71)
2016: #16 (39.35)
2015: #10 (39.84)
2014: #1 (53.19)
General Stats – 36 Games Played (20-15-1), 38.34 Ranking (28th), 46.89 Qualify (26th), 29.79 Salary (51st), 25.40 Batting (69th), 34.18 Pitching (28th).
Awards: Champion – 1 (2014), Mr. Leroy – 1 (2014), Owner of Year – 1 (2014), Ironman Award – 1 (2014), All Leroy – 1 (2014), All Iron Team – 1 (2014), All Pitching – 1 (2014). Experience – 1 (2014), All Star – 1 (2014).
Notes: It is a shame many new players will never know Drew and what he meant to the league in the start. He put together a team that took the league by surprise and laid the blueprints on how to win in Leroy right off the bat. A hand injury in 2015 derailed his career and unfortunately, we didn’t see him in 2017 or 2018. The original Mr. Leroy may be forgotten way to soon.
Bracket Info: Last year he entered the bracket as the #21 seed. He beat Ben Byma before losing to Jack Hillegonds in the next round. This year he will be the #27 seed facing off against the #38 John Eenigenburg. Although they have the same name, I don’t believe they are related.
#27 (39.01) Lucas Meidema
2017: #33 (28.60)
General Stats: 35 Games Played (14-21), 39.01 Ranking (27th), 43.28 Qualify (28th), 34.73 Salary (34th), 37.60 Batting (32nd), 31.87 Pitching (40th).
Notes: Lucas had a great rookie season just missing rookie of the year. He was a member of the Leroy Legends in the National Tournament, having a great showing as well. In 2018 he went 2nd in the draft and went on to be a huge bust. He was traded from the Sultans and had a poor performance in the death bracket, costing the clams and sending them to a 10th place finish. He looks to rebound in 2019, the question will remain what role he will have with the team.
Bracket info: Last Year Lucas lost the opening round of the bracket as a #33 seed, losing to the #32 seeded Austin Warner. This year he is the #26 seed and will go up against the #39 seeded Quinn Cloghessy.
#26 (39.79) Shane Anderson
2017: #30 (28.83)
General Stats – 36 Games Played (20-16), 39.79 Ranking (26th), 42.14 Qualify (29th), 37.44 Salary (27th), 40.91 Batting (21st), 33.97 Pitching (29th)
Notes: Shane turned some heads in 2017 coming out of the gate hot. He had MVP considerations till a new job altered his schedule making him unavailable for a majority of games in the middle of the season. He pulled out an all Batting season in 2017, but struggled to find consistency in 2018. He was released by the Hawaiians and scooped up by the Badgers in a roller coaster season for Shane.
Bracket Info: Last year Shane was the #30 seed and took out bat throwing Nathan Zuidema in the opening round. He then lost to Kyle Jansma in a tough battle. This year he will enter as the #25 seed going up against #40 Nick Fiene.
#25 (40.30) Mike Fiene
2017: #23 (36.97)
2016: #19 (36.96)
2015: #15 (35.81)
2014: #7 (40.21)
General Stats: 39 Games Played (17-21-1), 40.30 Ranking (25th), 48.47 Qualify (24th), 32.12 Salary (39th), 38.80 Batting (27th), 25.45 Pitching (69th).
Awards: Experience – 2014, All Star – 1 (2014), All Batting – 1 (2014).
Notes: Mike has one of the dangerous bats in the league. He played in two championships in 2014 and 2016, losing both. We didn’t see him once in 2017, but he made a short return in 2018 seeing some at bats and loving the new complex set up. We hope to get him full time again next season.
Bracket Info: Last year Mike was the #23 seed beating John Eenigenburg before losing to Jordan Mosel. This year he goes in a spot lower as the #24 seed facing up against mystery man Cody Martin.
#24 (41.99) Greg Gierling
2017: #24 (33.59)
2016: #30 (18.73)
General Stats: 50 Games Played (20-38), 41.99 Ranking (24th), 65.66 Qualify (20th), 18.33 Salary (95th), 19.64 Batting (90th), 17.01 Pitching (100th).
Notes: Greg runs the Going Corn podcast for the LWA. He helps with game day set up and will be the head of the events committee. He took ownership of the Noble Narwhals in 2018 and had a rough season getting things going. He looks to return as an owner in 2019 with a year of experience under his belt.
Bracket Info: Greg was the #24 seed last year beating out Luke Prince in the first round before losing to Sam Staal. This season he will be the #23 seed going up against Brian Travis in the opening round.
#23 (43.66) Jeremiah Wiltjer
2017: #20 (40.92)
2016: #26 (24.13)
General Stats: 43 Games Played (26-16-1), 43.66 Ranking (23rd), 51.61 Qualify (23rd), 35.71 Salary (31st), 29.61 Batting (55th), 41.82 Pitching (22nd)
Notes: Jeremiah bust onto the scene in 2016 getting signed by the eventual Champion Jager Corn Bombers. He was thrown into big games right away and he seemed to play better when the games mattered most. He made another Championship run in 2017 with the Badgers falling just short to his former team in the Championship. He earned an All Pitching award in 2017 before getting a job with Sitter leading into 2018. He was drafted by the Narwhals and played only a handful of games in 2018 because of work.
Bracket Info: Last year Jeremiah was the #20 seed beating out Jeremy Ross before losing to Grant Reynhout. This year he falls to the #22 seed where he will match up against newcomer Ryan Voges
#22 (43.96) Wes Ellis
2017: #34 (27.44)
General Stats: 29 Games Played (18-11), 43.96 Ranking (22nd), 38.79 Qualify (34th), 49.14 Salary (7th), 49.91 Batting (8th), 48.36 Pitching (7th).
Awards: All Salary Team – 1 (2018), All Batting Team – 1 (2018), All Star – 1 (2018), Experience – 1 (2018)
Notes: One of the best slow pitch players in the game, Wes took a huge step forward with the Badgers in 2018 as an elite two-way player. Recent news indicates he moved to Texas with hopes to see Wes at all in 2019 very slim. A bright star that left a mark in the league we will always welcome him back even if it’s a week here or there.
Hall of Fame Tourney History: Wes had the only first round upset last year as the #34 seed beating Garret Lytle (#31). He was defeated by Brett Detmar in the second round. He will face off against Vince Carullo in the opening round games.
#21 (48.75) Garret Lytle
2017: #31 (28.71)
General Stats: 44 Games Played (28-16), 48.75 Ranking (21st), 53.82 Qualify (22nd), 43.69 Salary (15th), 41.41 Batting (19th), 45.97 Pitching (12th)
Awards: All Leroy – 1 (2018), All Pitching – 1 (2018), All Star – 1 (2018). Experience – 2 (2017-2018)
Notes: Garret played in his first season in 2017 with mild success. He took off in 2018 making the All Leroy team and helped the Sluggers reach the Championship series. He was present every week and showed so much dedication he bottomed out his car on a closed bridge in hopes to make it to the games.
Hall of Fame Tourney History: Garret was the #31 seed last year and was part of the only upset in all 32 first round matchups. He lost to Wes Ellis (#34) last year by one point. He now sits right above him as the #20 seed and will matchup against #45 Justin Deckinga.
#20 (50.98) Colin Lautenbach
2017: #22 (37.53)
2016: #24 (26.99)
2015: #20 (31.83)
2014: #13 (35.17)
General Stats – 46 Games Played (28-18), 50.98 Ranking (20th), 58.54 Qualify (21st), 43.42 Salary (16th), 43.64 Batting (16th), 43.21 Pitching (19th)
Colin came out of retirement in 2017 and was signed by the Corn Bombers mid-season. He was a big part of the playoffs for the Bombers on route to a championship. With some new energy from the league, Colin went all in for the 2018 season. He earned his first All Batting award and just barely missed out on being an All Star.
Bracket Info: Colin was a #22 seed last year beating Quinn Cloghessy before losing to Robby Zandstra. This year he drops to the #19 slot with a first round match up against Kyle Schaaf.
#19 (51.12) Neil Krooswyk
2017: #17 (46.30)
2016: #17 (37.86)
2015: #21 (29.29)
2014: #24 (24.90)
General Stats: 55 Games Played (19-36), 51.12 Ranking (19th), 71.19 Qualify (18th), 31.06 Salary (48th), 37.64 Batting (31t), 24.48 Pitcher (75th).
Awards: Champion – 1 (2017), Experience – 1 (2016), All Star – 1 (2016).
Notes: Neil is one of the best hitters, and worst pitchers in the game. He won his first Championship in 2017, in a season where he gave up 8 solo home runs in one inning. He got lucky the Truckers traded him to the Bombers mid-season. He still is a very inconsistent player and rumors of a baby being born in May, may leave Neil out of the league for the 2019 run.
Bracket Info: Neil was the #17 seed last year beating out John Hayes before just losing to #16 Kevin Vroegh. He will be the #18 seed this year falling a spot and will match up against Austin Gibson.
#18 (53.67) Andrew Sitter
2017: #15 (49.71)
2016: #9 (44.06)
2015: #17 (34.08)
2014: #10 (38.50)
General Stats: 51 Games Played (23-26-2), 53.67 Ranking (18th), 66.18 Qualify (19th), 41.16 Salary (19th), 36.24 Batting (34th), 46.09 Pitching (11th).
Awards: All Leroy – 1 (2016), All Leroy – 1 (2016), All Batting – 1 (2016), All Pitching - 1 (2016), Experience – 1 (2016), All Star – 2 (2014, 2016).
Notes: Sitter had a stand out season in 2016 leading Fantastic Four, the past two seasons have been atrocious with dealing with work and trying to get games in. He was also a pitcher for the Regional team in 2016. Unless the job changes expect another here or there night season from Sitter
Bracket Info: Last year the #15 seeded Andrew Sitter beat out both Elijah Richardson and Jake Van Vuren to make it to the sweet 16. He lost to Brett Detmar. This year he will be the #17 seed and take on Jason Hillegonds in the opening round.
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