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Cavalry Alumni Making a Big League Impact
04/17/2019 12:15 AM ET
 

With both the Major League Baseball (MLB) in America and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in Japan both returning, there are some familiar names on display as a plethora of Cavalry alumni are currently playing on the world's biggest stages.

Names such as Didi Gregorius, Kevin Kiermaier, Shota Imanaga and Buddy Reed have all previously donned the Cavalry colours and are continuing their respective careers in the 'Big Leagues', we are going to delve in to where our alumni currently are.

Didi Gregorius

A name on the lips on many, Gregorius represented the Cavalry our inaugural season in 2010-11, Gregorius was named the first ever 'Golden Glove' winner, with the Shortstop being a huge factor on defence.

Gregorius has since represented three MLB franchises in the Cincinnati Reds (2012), Arizona Diamondbacks (2013-2014) and New York Yankees (2015-Present).

The Dutchman has an impressive .979 career average in the field and a very respectable .267 with bat, it's clear he is an established Shortstop with one of the most famous franchises in sports history in the Yankees.

Didi is starting the season on the Injured List but will plan to be back in action mid-season.

Follow Didi on Twitter at @didig18

Kevin Kiermaier

Centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier had a stint with Cavalry in the 2011-12 season, the left-handed batter hit a .303 average in 17 games during his time in Canberra.

Kiermaier signed with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013, he is entering his 7th season with Rays, he only managed to play 88-games last season with a thumb injuring ruling him out for 3 months.

The Indiana native has a career average in the MLB with the bat of .254 and he has hit 54 home runs to date.

Kiermaier was influential in a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros on the weekend, with the biggest hit of the game with a run-scoring double.

Follow Kevin on Twitter @KKiermaier39

Shota Imanaga

Cavs fans will have fond memories of Shota Imanaga during his time in orange. Imanaga was signed from the Yokohama Baystars in 2018 and quickly made his presence felt in the capital, as he was instrumental in leading the Cavalry to a post-season surge.

Imanaga is now back pitching for the Baystars, most recently the pitcher helped his side to a 6-0 thrashing over defending champions Hiroshima Carp, Imanaga allowed one hit, while walking one, hitting one and striking out nine on 105 pitches.

Shota has been red-hot for the Baystars this season, just last week throwing a complete game shutout to improve his record to 2-1 whilst dropping his ERA 1.13.

Imanaga has also represented the Japan National Team against Mexico in February this year.

Tomoya Mikami

Tomoya Mikami arrived at around the same time as Imanaga from the Yokohoma Baystars, he played in weeks 3-10 for the Cavs.

Mikami registered six saves and allowed just two earned runs over just 14.2 innings, also adding 20 strikeouts.

Mikami is back at the Baystars, with the veteran pitcher playing in 5 games so far this year in NPB.

Buddy Reed

Buddy Reed had an impressive season with the Cavalry in 2017, so much so that he was immediately promoted by the San Diego Padres in January 2018.

The outfielder was instrumental during his time with the Cavs, he averaged .326 alongside hitting 10 homeruns in just 31 games, highlighted by a 3-homer spectacle in his farewell game.

Reed is currently playing for the Amarillo Sod Poodles (AA) in the Padres minor league system and is one of their top 20 prospects. The 23-year-old has a bright future.

Follow Buddy on Twitter @BuddyLoco23

Brodie Cooper-Vassalakis

Now pitching for Grand Canyon University, a Division 1 NCAA college in USA, Brodie Cooper-Vassalakis became the ABL's youngest player ever at just the tender age of 15.

Now at age 17, Cooper-Vassalakis has represented the MLB World Select Team which played against MLB affiliated and international amateur sides.

Cooper-Vassalakis comes from a rich Canberra Baseball family as his father Theo pitched for the Australian National Team and both his brothers have played the sport.

Cooper-Vassalakis is one of the highest touted prospects coming out of the Capital.

Anthony Alford

Anthony Alford represented the Cavalry in the 2014-15 season, Alford displayed a unique mix of power and speed, he slogged 3 home runs during his season with the Cavalry whilst also stealing 6 bases.

Alford started the season on 40-man roster and is expected to crack the big-league squad this season.

Alford is currently no. 11 ranked prospect for the Toronto Blue Jays.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.