The High Point-Thomasville HiToms added to their collection of Major League players with the addition of the Yankees’ Brady Koerner (’13-’14 HiToms) and the Diamondbacks’ Drew Ellis (’15 HiToms) making their first big league appearances this past week. With the additions of two players, the HiToms now have seen 18 former HiToms make the big leagues.
Clemson’s Brady Koerner was a HiTom for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In 2014, he put up his best campaign in the CPL, putting up a 3.83 ERA and a 5-2 record over 56 1/3 innings. Since his 17th round selection by the Yankees in 2015, Koerner has excelled in the minor leagues. In 434 innings, Koerner put up a 3.79 ERA in his minor league seasons. This year, Koerner has a 2.95 ERA in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starting rotation.
Drew Ellis was a HiToms infielder for the 2015 season. In his lone year at Finch Field, the Louisville Cardinal struggled, hitting just .189 with seven doubles and one home run.
After his time with the HiToms, Ellis went on to success with the Louisville Cardinals, smashing 20 home runs and hitting .355 for a top-five Louisville roster in 2017, reaching the College World Series. After the Series, Ellis was selected in the 2nd round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
With the Diamondbacks, Ellis has a .247/.347/.442 slash line in the minor leagues and was called up to the MLB Diamondbacks this season, after hitting .286 with 35 extra base hits for the Reno Aces in Triple-A. Ellis’ first at-bat in the big leagues was a hard-hit single in a pitch-hit plate appearance versus the Dodgers.
With two more players in the big leagues, the HiToms now have 18 players that have made the major leagues from Finch Field.
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