By Jerry Del Priore
The Trois- Rivières Aigles of the independent Canadian-American League inked former New York Yankee farmhand, Staten Island hurler Philip Walby to a contract for the upcoming 2018 season, the team announced on Sunday.
Walby, 25, spent 2017 with the Lansing Lugnuts (Advanced A) and Dunedin Blue Jays (mid-level A), both with the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He put up a combined 2-2 record with 5.58 ERA in 59.2 innings of work in 41 contests.
After the Yankees selected Walby in the 12th round of the 2013 MLB amateur draft, they shipped the right-hander to Staten Island to start his professional baseball career.
The San Diego State University product posted solid numbers with the Baby Bombers, going 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA with 37 whiffs in 36 frames—more than a strikeout per inning—in 14 games, four of which were starts, in ‘13.
For his minor league career, the six-foot-two, 190-pound Walby owns a 12-9 mark with 4.15 ERA with 230 punch outs in 234.1 innings in 164 affairs.
Aigles, which is French for Eagles, is a Canadian professional baseball team based in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. They play their home games at Stade Fernand-Bédard.