Right-handed pitcher Alex Hermeling dominated the Northwoods League with the Battle Creek (Mich.) Bombers this summer, posting a 1.17 ERA in 53.2 inning while striking out 52 batters against just 33 hits and 12 walks. Hermeling's performance put a welcome kink in his baseball plans, as the Los Angeles Dodgers' interest has led him to sign with the team rather than heading to Ohio State for his senior season.
"The interest from pro teams was never initially in the plan," Hermeling said of his decision to join the Northwoods League this summer, via the Chicago Tribune.
Hermeling's stellar stint with the Bombers contrasts with the 4.14 ERA he posted last season with Louisiana-Monroe. However, the Dodgers aren't worried about that, sending Hermeling to Phoenix to join the organization's rookie team.
Although the righty went undrafted, Battle Creek pitching coach Matt Reed had no doubts about Hermeling's future as a professional.
"Without question, specially the more I saw him throw," Reed said. "He became so consistent every time out. He has the arm, the height, the body to play pro baseball, but it was his consistency that made me a believer."Back to the Los Angeles Dodgers Newsfeed