Durham, N.C. — Can-Am League alumni were once again solid performers in North American and Asian major leagues this season. Three pitchers and two umpires saw time in MLB, while another three pitchers played in Japan or Korea in 2018.
In all, 17 Can-Am alumni (15 players and 2 umpires) have reached Major League Baseball since 2005 (complete list).
- RHP Wilmer Font (Ottawa ’15-’16), Tampa Bay: Font was outstanding for the Rays after being acquired from Oakland in May, going 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings as both a starter and reliever. The La Guaira, Venezuela, native limited opposing hitters to a .158 average while with Tampa Bay before a late June injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
- RHP Luis Garcia (Newark ’12), Philadelphia: Garcia was once again a workhorse out of the Phillies bullpen, finishing fourth on the team with 59 appearances, and was especially effective between July 23 and August 16, not allowing a run in 10 outings. He is now 22nd all-time among Phillies pitchers with 251 career appearances.
- RHP Robert Stock (pictured, left, New Jersey ’16), San Diego: Stock had a superb big-league debut season after being called up in June, registering a 2.50 ERA in 39.2 innings of relief, striking out 38. Most impressively, he did not allow a single earned run in 20.1 innings at the Padres’ Petco Park.
- Umpire Adam Hamari (Can-Am League ’06): Hamari served as a part-time major-league umpire between 2013 and 2016, and was promoted to a full-time umpire in 2017.
- Umpire Will Little (pictured, center, Can-Am League ’07): Little finished his fourth full season in the majors in 2018, which included an appearance as the left-field umpire for the New York-Oakland American League wild-card game.
- RHP Tim Adleman (New Jersey ’13), Samsung Lions, Korea: In his first season in the Korea Baseball Organization, Adleman led the Lions with 8 victories and finished second with 137 strikeouts in 171.0 innings pitched.
- LHP Andrew Albers (pictured, right, Québec ’10), Orix Buffaloes, Japan: Albers had an excellent debut campaign in Japan, going 9-2 with a 3.08 ERA. He also pitched in the 2018 Nippon Professional Baseball all-star game.
- RHP Johnny Hellweg (New Jersey ’16-’17), Hiroshima Carp, Japan: Signed by first-place Hiroshima in mid-season after a dominant start to the year in Triple-A with Pittsburgh, Hellweg did not disappoint, allowing just one earned run in seven relief appearances, striking out 10.