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Where They Have Gone

San Jacinto College has a tradition of producing top-notch collegiate baseball players who move on to play at four-year institutions, in addition to those who continue their careers at the pro level. Here’s a look at where San Jac players have gone since 2001.

Where Our Players Have Gone Since 2001

2014  
Kelvin Ramos Cumberland University
Taylor Hearn Oklahoma Baptist University
Dustin Cool Oklahoma City University
Toller Boardman University of New Mexico
Geonte Jackson University of Texas - San Antonio
Holden Helmink  
John Fussell Stetson University
Bryce Wellborn Abilene Christian
Matt Eureste University of Oregon
Brandon Wright Cameron University
2013  
Dylan Brown Texas Tech University
Matt Locus University of Houston
Braden Mattson University of Florida
Nolan Riggs Sam Houston State University
Steve Sarcone Louisiana State University - Shreveport
Shawn Carlson Fischer University
Trevor Teykl Rice University
Tyler West Lamar University
Ladgie Zotytka Abilene Christian University
Michael Velasquez Tampa Bay Rays
2012  
Kyle Bacak Texas Christian University
Anthony Banda** Milwaukee Brewers
Justin Byrd Dallas Baptist University
Jarrad Fancher Texas State University
AJ Glasshof University of Southern Mississippi
Esteban Gomez St. Thomas University (Fla.)
Daniel Stumpf** Lubbock Christian University / Kansas City Royals
Kirby Taylor Rice University
2011  
Tommy Collier University of Houston / Detroit Tigers
Tomas Galvan Cameron University
Drew Garrett Sam Houston State University
Cameron Giannini University of Southern Mississippi
Josh Gonzalez Texas Christian University
Dominiq Harris Prairie View A&M University
Jarrett Higgins Oklahoma State University
Ryan Hornback University of Mississippi
Landon Lee West Texas A&M University
Adam Pena University of the Incarnate Word
Miguel Pena** Lubbock Christian University / Boston Red Sox
David Rollins Lubbock Christian University / Houston Astros
Tyler Wright ** University of Arkansas
2010  
Dylan Adamek Texas State University
Andrew Beasley Lamar University
Zach Benson Stephen F. Austin State University
Ryan Burnaman Lubbock Christian University
Will Fotnow Northwood University
Deric Hawkins Northwood University
Creighton Hoke University of Maryland
Johnson Miller University of Oklahoma
Michael Oros Sam Houston State University
Brad Padia Northwood University
Trey Ross New Mexico State University
Hunter Silva Sam Houston State University
2009  
Chris Dickerson Cumberland University
Ryan Still University of Houston
Adam Shank  St. Edwards University
Taylor Lobb Concordia University
Gregg Alcazar Texas A&M
Devin Shines Oklahoma State University
Danny Hernandez Cincinnati Reds
Steven Vidiaurri St. Mary's University
Jeff Abt Lamar University
Viron Hackney Houston Baptist University
2008  
Tyler Dyer University of Oklahoma
Quentin Luquette Lamar University
Kris Miller Lewis & Clark
Jarrad Watkins University of New Mexico
Zeke Zikeli Houston Baptist University
Rick McGraw Southern University
Michael Johnson Concordia University
Kilian Kinart Concordia University
Jamie Bagley Tampa Bay Rays
Chris Corrigan University of Mississippi
Jeremy Barfield Oakland Athletics
Spencer Cuniff Lamar University
Micah Runnels Concordia University
Colin Lippert Concordia University
Tanner Hines Stephen F. Austin State University
Kevin Angelle Lamar Univeristy
2007  
Kevin Kelso Texas State University
Eric Fry Texas Rangers
Tyler Dyer University of Oklahoma
Kyle Henson University of Mississippi
Brandon Belt University of Texas
Jordan Roger Rice University
Lucas Luetge Rice University
Trey Sperring University of Oklahoma
Mathew Coburn Texas Christian University
Taylor Hammack University of Houston
Garrett Clyde University of Texas
Benino Pruneda Atlanta Braves
Hank Williamson Baltimore Orioles
David McClain University of Houston
2006  
Brandon Hicks Texas A&M University
Jonathon Runnels Rice University
Jared Gayhart Rice University
JP Padron Rice University
Casey Beck Atlanta Braves
Jared Dyer Tulane University
Jorge Lara Sam Houston State University
Chris Kelley Rice University
2005  
Steve Marek Anaheim Angels
Josh Stinson Texas A&M University
David Newmann Texas A&M University
Matt Czimskey Baylor
2004  
Cain Byrd Texas Rangers
Kevin Russo Baylor
Shawn Ferguson Texas Christian University
Tyler Bryant Texas State University
Marty Dewees Northwestern State University
Ryan Simon Texas-Arlington
2003  
Nick Stavinoha Louisiana State
Miles Franklin University of Mississippi
Kyle Marlatt Texas A&M University
Andrew Baldwin Texas A&M University
Clayton Stewart University of Texas
Will Crouch University of Texas
Jared Wells San Diego Padres
Clint Goocher Arizona Diamondbacks
Mike Pankratz Baylor
Cary Nelson Southern University
Josh Batilla Kansas State
Ben Cox Lamar University
Daniel Macha Texas-Arlington
Jeremy Aranda Sam Houston State University
Josh Aranda Sam Houston State University
Kyle Mandelbaum Lamar University
Brian McCaulley Loyola University
Russell Revere Southern University
2002  
Matt Albers Houston Astros
David Frame Texas State University
Kasey Baker Texas-Arlington
Eric Broaddus Northwestern State University
2001  
Glenn Bott Seattle Mariners
Brett Cooley University of Houston
Jesse Crain University of Houston
Corby Medlin Arizona Diamondbacks
Zack Parker Colorado Rockies
Patrick Perry Sam Houston State University

 

San Jacinto College is as prolific as any other two-year school in the nation when it comes to sending players to the professional ranks. In the last three years, 10 San Jacinto College baseball players have been selected in the
Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft. Houston area baseball fans are well versed in the success of former players Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens, but the list doesn’t end there. Pitchers Matt Albers and Jesse
Crain, both now with the Houston Astros, Mike Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals, Lucas Luetge of the Seattle Mariners, Sean Nolin of the Oakland Athletics, and San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt are also former San Jacinto College players on major league rosters heading into spring training.

Albers was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the 23rd round of the 2001 First Year Player Draft. He has spent time on the roster in Baltimore, Boston, Arizona, and Cleveland before returning to Houston for the 2014
season. Since his debut on July 25, 2006, Albers has gone 25-31 with a 4.42 ERA. He has appeared in 23 games, pitching 515.1 innings.

Crain has been in the majors since making his debut in August 2004 with the Minnesota Twins. He is 45-30 overall with a 3.05 ERA and four saves in 532 innings pitched. He played with the Chicago White Sox from 2011-2013, and was picked up by the Houston Astros prior to the 2014 season.

Mike Gonzalez made his major league debut on August 11, 2003 in Pittsburgh, where he spent four seasons with the Pirates before moving on to Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington, and Milwaukee. In his 10 year MLB career, he owns a 3.14 ERA with an overall record of 17-24 with 56 saves.

Luetge was called up to the Mariners in 2012 and was part of a six-pitcher no-hitter versus the Dodgers on June 8, 2012. In three seasons in the big leagues, he is 3-5 with a 4.47 ERA in 86.2 innings pitched.

Nolin made his major league debut on May 24, 2013 with the Toronto Blue Jays, prior to spending three and a half seasons in the minors. In two seasons in the major leagues, he is 2-1.

Belt helped the San Francisco Giants win the 2012 and 2014 World Series. He made his major league debut on March 31, 2011, with the Giants, and has been with the organization ever since. In 2014, Belt hit ..243 with 12 home runs, 27 RBI, 30 runs scored, and three stolen bases in 61 games played.

As for other San Jac players in the professional ranks:
Anthony Banda, Arizona (P)
2014: Posted a 14-13 record with a 3.95 ERA in 221.0 innings pitched as a member of the South Bend Cubs and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Jeremy Barfield, Oakland (OF)
2014: Hit .261 in 142 at-bats as a member of the Midland RockHounds. Posted 37 hits, including six doubles, two triples, and three homeruns, scoring 16.

Casey Beck (P)
2012 (last season played): Saw action in give games and just 6.0 innings.

Tommy Collier, Detroit (P)
2014: Went 7-10 with a 5.14 ERA. Pitched in 133.0 innings for the Erie SeaWolves and Lakeland Flying Tigers.

Jake Cowan (P)
2012 (last season played): Went 1-0 with a 2.22 ERA in 28.1 innings pitched for the Bowie Baysox.

Jared Gayhart (P)
2012 (last season played): Went 1-6 with a 4.58 ERA for the Erie SeaWolves. Pitched in 35 games and 92.1 innings.

Mark Herrera (P)
2011 (last season played): Played in five games for the GCL Nationals. Played in just five games and 5.1 innings with a 3.38 ERA.

Brandon Hicks, San Francisco (2B)
Hicks was called up to the majors in May 2010 by the Atlanta Braves, and has been back and forth between the majors and minors since then. 2014: Split time between the minor league Fresno Grizzlies and the major league Giants. In 71 games with the Giants to start the season, hit .162 with 33 hits, including six doubles, one triple, and eight home runs. With the Grizzlies, hit .218in 133 at-bats, including 11 doubles, six homers, and 17 RBI.

Riley Hornback (C)
2011 (last season played): Spent time with the Aberdeen IronBirds and Delmarva Shorebirds. Hit .213 in 221 at bats, behind 47 hits, including eight doubles and two homeruns.

Ryan Hornback (C)
2012 (last season played): Hit .291 for the Jamestown Jammers. Knocked in eight runs behind 23 hits, including four doubles and a triple.

John Killen (P)
2012 (last season played): Appeared in just 10.1 innings for the Idaho Falls Chukars.

Stephen Marek (P)
2012 (last season played): Went a combined 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Sean McCraw (C)
2011 (last season played): Hit .188 for the Class A Brevard County Manatees. In 149 at bats, scored 16 runs and posted 21 RBI.

Chris McKenzie (P)
2013 (last season played): Went 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA for the Hagertown Suns.

David Newmann (P)
2011 (last season played): Played the entire season for the Double A Montgomery Biscuits. Pitched just 4.2 innings with a 9.64 ERA.

Miguel Peña, Boston (P)
2014: Went 2-2 with a 6.41 ERA as a member of the Portland Sea Dogs.

Benino Pruneda (P)
2011 (last season played): Spent the season with the Double A Mississippi Braves. Posted a 2-7 record with a 3.50 ERA and 11 saves.

Kevin Russo (3B)
Russo made his major league debut on May 8, 2010. That season was his last in the majors, and he hit .184 in 31 games and 49 plate appearances. 2013 (last season played): Hit .213 with 34 runs, 27 doubles, three triples, and nine stolen bases in 103 games with the AAA Toledo Mud Hens.

David Rollins, Seattle (P)
2014: Posted a 3-4 record with the Corpus Christi Hooks. In 78.0 innings pitched, had a 3.81 ERA.

Clay Schrader, Atlanta (P)
2014: Spent the season with the Lynchburg Hillcats going 0-1 in just 4.0 innings pitched.

Nick Stavinoha (OF)
2011 (last season played): Spent the season with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. Hit .270 in 133 games and 533 at bats, behind 144 hits, including 30 doubles and 28 homeruns.

Daniel Stumpf, Kansas City (P)
2014: In 74.0 innings pitched for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, posted a 3.77 ERA and 3-8 overall record, with two saves.

Randall Thorpe (OF)
2011 (last season played): Appeared in 46 games for the Great Falls Voyagers. Hit .242 in 157 at bats, behind 38 hits including nine doubles and two home runs.

Mike Velasquez (LHP)
2014 Posted a 1-0 record with the Tampa Bay Rookie League., in 14.2 innings pitched, had a 4.30 ERA with 14 strikeouts.