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DURHAM – Asheville Tourists outfielder Joey LoperfidoSouth Bend Cubs pitcher Adam Laskey and Iowa Cubs first baseman Matt Mervis highlighted 14 former Blue Devils who played at all levels of professional baseball this past season. Former Blue Devils’ pitcher Marcus Stroman completed his first season with the Chicago Cubs in 2022.

Marcus Stroman | Chicago Cubs | MLB | RHP

The Chicago Cubs right-hander started 25 games this season, working 138.2 innings on the mound. He posted a 3.50 ERA and posted a 6-7 record. He struck out 119 batters and posted a 1.15 WHIP. Opponents are hitting .234 off Stroman and he caught five runners stealing.

Adam Laskey | South Bend Cubs | High-A | LHP

Laskey finished the 2022 MiLB season with a 9-0 record and 2.34 ERA through two levels of minor league ball. The lefty appeared in 19 games out of the bullpen for the Single-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, posting a 3-0 record and a 0.00 ERA. He tallied four saves and struck out 28 batters, while opponents were hitting .183 off him. After moving to the High-A South Bend Cubs, where he finished the season, the Voorhees, N.J. native worked a perfect 6-0 record in his 19 appearances. He added another 36 strikeouts in high-A to bring his season total to 74.

Joey Loperfido | Asheville Tourists | High-A | OF

The Houston Astros outfield prospect finished the 2022 season with the highest minor league batting average across all the Astros’ organization. Loperfido posted a .316 average at the plate, driving in 69 runs and crushing slugging 12 home runs. He collected 41 extra base hits and swiped 32 bags on the year. In his final 26 games of the season, the Philadelphia, Pa. native was elevated to the Asheville Tourists, the Astros high-A squad, posting a .354 average at the plate. He hit three home runs and drove in 24 RBI.

Matt Mervis | Iowa Cubs | AAA | 1B

Matt Mervis had one of the most impressive minor league seasons for the Chicago Cubs, working his way through three levels of minor league baseball. The Washington, D.C. native finished the season with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. Mervis batted .309 in 2022, driving in 36 home runs and 119 RBI. His 78 extra base hits led the entire minor leagues, along with his runs batted in. He registered an OPS of .984 and slugged .605 for the year.

Mike Rothenberg | Lakeland Flying Tigers | A | C

The Detroit Tigers catcher prospect finished the 2022 season with a .995 fielding percentage behind the plate. Rothenberg tallied 534 putouts and caught 439.1 innings this season. He started 53 of the 54 games he appeared in behind the plate and finished the year with six home runs.

Jack Carey | Greensboro Grasshoppers | High-A | RHP

Carey appeared in 33 games for the Greensboro Grasshoppers in 2022, posting a 4-6 record on the bump. He tallied 61 innings on the mound, gathering two holds and one save. Opponents hit .286 off the righty and he recorded 62 strikeouts on the year.

Ethan Murray | Biloxi Shuckers | AA | SS
Ethan Murray appeared in 104 games during his second campaign in the minors, splitting time between the High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and the Biloxi Shuckers of Double-A. The shortstop collected 29 extra base hits and drove in 35 runs. Murray appeared in 66 games at shortstop, 29 games at second base and 11 at third base for the Timber Rattlers, turning 23 double plays.

Bryce Jarvis | Amarillo Sod Poodles | AA | RHP

The Arizona Diamondbacks pitching prospect started 25 games at the Double-A level this season working 106.2 innings on the mound. Jarvis tallied 110 strikeouts and caught eight runners stealing. He posted three quality starts during the 2022 campaign and was able to get 14 batters to ground into double plays.

Kennie Taylor | Cedar Rapids Kernels | High-A | OF

Taylor split time between the High-A Cedar Rapids squad and the Wichita Wind Surge of Double-A during the 2022 season, appearing in 37 games. After missing a portion of the season due to a lower body injury, the outfielder was able to collect 29 total bases in his limited action.

Ben Gross | Wichita Wind Surge | AA | RHP

Ben Gross appeared in 10 games this season, while making three starts for the Minnesota Twins minor league system. The right-handed pitching prospect started three games and posted a 3-1 record on the mound with 23 strikeouts. His season was cut short in July as he was transferred to the 60-day Injury List.

Graeme Stinson | Montgomery Biscuits | AA | LHP

The Tampa Bay Rays left-handed prospect appeared in 40 games this season. He registered 63.1 innings of work and posted a 5-2 record on the mound. Opponents are hitting .218 off the lefty and he finished the 2022 campaign with a 1.28 WHIP. Stinson added five holds and two saves to his 2022 stat line.

Griffin Conine | Pensacola Blue Wahoos | AA | RF

Griffin Conine played 118 games for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in 2022, posting a .215 average at the plate. The right fielder drew 74 walks on the season, matching his RBI total for the year as well. Conine added 24 home runs and 15 doubles to his line. In the field, Conine was charged with just two errors all season, splitting time between left and right field for the Wahoos.

Jimmy Herron | Albuquerque Isotopes | AAA | CF

The Colorado Rockies center field prospect split time between the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats and the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes. He finished the season with a .262 average at the plate and homered 13 times. Herron drove in 44 runs on the season and drew 45 walks at the plate. In the field he recorded only one error in his 700 innings played this season.

James Marvel | Lehigh Valley IronPigs | AAA | RHP

James Marvel appeared in 35 games for the IronPigs in Triple-A, posting a 6-7 record on the mound. He started nine games and worked 93.2 innings, while recording 62 strikeouts on the year.

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