Where Our Players Have Gone Since 2001
|Kyle Barfield||Kansas State University|
|Tucker Cascadden||Baylor University|
|Jorge Fernandez||San Diego State University|
|John Grimsley||University of Houston|
|Ryan January||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Brandon Montgomery||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Cody Nesbit||Kansas City Royals|
|Montana Parsons||Baylor University|
|Colten Schmidt**||University of Louisiana – Lafayette|
|Baine Schoenvogel||Texas A&M University|
|Nick Shumpert||Atlanta Braves|
|Devin Smeltzer||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Gonzalo Sosa||LeTornau University|
|Hudson Treu||Kansas State University|
|Caden Williams||Texas Wesleyan|
|Max Wood||University of Central Florida|
|Liam Scafariello||Quinnipiac University|
|Josh Croft||Cumberland University|
|Will Foreman||Stephen F. Austin State University|
|Aaron Ford||Auburn University|
|Eric Garza||Georgetown University|
|Rex Hill||Texas Christian University|
|Douglas Holloway||Texas State University|
|Austin Homan||Texas A&M University|
|Austin Johnson||Texas Lutheran University|
|Garrett Luna||Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi|
|Jon Meyer||Biola University|
|Eric Nouis||Stephen F. Austin State University|
|Josh Palacios||Auburn University|
|Walker Pennington||Texas A&M University|
|Alex Phillips||Baylor University|
|Riley Smith||Louisiana State University|
|Dalton Viner||Wichita State University|
|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|
|John Fussell||Stetson University|
|Bryce Wellborn||Abilene Christian|
|Matt Eureste||University of Oregon|
|Brandon Wright||Cameron University|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Steve Marek||Anaheim Angels|
|Josh Stinson||Texas A&M University|
|David Newmann||Texas A&M University|
|Cain Byrd||Texas Rangers|
|Shawn Ferguson||Texas Christian University|
|Tyler Bryant||Texas State University|
|Marty Dewees||Northwestern State University|
|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|
|Cary Nelson||Southern University|
|Josh Batilla||Kansas State|
|Ben Cox||Lamar University|
|Jeremy Aranda||Sam Houston State University|
|Josh Aranda||Sam Houston State University|
|Kyle Mandelbaum||Lamar University|
|Brian McCaulley||Loyola University|
|Russell Revere||Southern University|
|Matt Albers||Houston Astros|
|David Frame||Texas State University|
|Eric Broaddus||Northwestern State University|
|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.