Jon Papelbon (2001) will be one of 9 former Danville Dans (CICL) headed to Major League spring training camps this month. The 27 year old finished the 2007 season boasting , among all qualifying major league relievers, the A.L.’s lowest opponents batting average (.146) and highest strikeouts/9 innings ratio (12.96). As a member of the World Champion Red Sox, Jon finished the 2007 World Series with 3 saves and a zero ERA.
Eric Stultz 2001 (Dodgers), Jon Knott 1999 Minnesota, and Shane Youman 2000 (Minnesota) are also on 40 man rosters each having major league experience. Additional Dans on 40 man rosters and non-roster invitees include: Wes Roemer 2005(Diamondbacks), Randy Ruiz 1999 (Minnesota), Danny Worth 2005 (Detroit), Matt Tolbert 2001 (Minnesota), and Chris Coglan 2004 (Marlins).