Cody Ehlers came to Waterfront Park in 2007 looking to fulfill the potential many thought he had after being named the 2006 Florida State League Player of the Year.
Two disappointing seasons later, and the former Trenton Thunder first baseman is out of affiliated baseball completely.
Ehlers signed a deal with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the Northern League yesterday, a league considered to be in the middle of the pack in terms of independent baseball.
The 26-year-old Oklahoma native hit just .200 last season before being released with just a handful of games to go in the season, struggling mightily for the majority of the campaign.
As someone who will be entering his seventh year of covering the independent Atlantic League, I do think that if Ehlers can hit and show flashes of the power he had in 2006, he might get picked up by an organization. But he’d be likely to be assigned to high-A or perhaps Double-A, being forced to try to climb his way up the ladder of a farm system in which he didn’t come up in.
It’s a tough road ahead for Cody Ehlers.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com