April 13, 2010
By Shawn Sell
While the UC baseball team is deep into its 2010 season, several former Bearcats have begun play with their professional teams as the Major League and Minor League seasons opened last week. Here is a capsule look at the 10 former Bearcats playing pro ball and their road to the teams they are playing on today:
2010 Team: Class A Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League (MLB Parent Team: New York Yankees).
2009 Season: Appeared in 18 games between Class A Staten Island and Class AA Trenton ... finished season hitting .200 with one double, two home runs and six RBI ... threw out 47 percent of attempted base stealers.
Road From UC: Signed with the Yankees as an undrafted free agent in 2008 ... spent rookie season between the GCL Yankees and Tampa.
At UC (2007-08): Started 104 of 115 possible games ... earned third team All-BIG EAST honors in 2008 ... a career .270 hitter with 25 doubles, 11 home runs and 52 RBI.
2010 Team: Class AA Tennessee Smokies of the Southern League (MLB Parent Team: Chicago Cubs).
2009 Season: Started season at Class A Peoria, before being promoted to high Class A Daytona ... played in 108 games for Daytona and finished year with combined .284 batting average, 30 RBI and 66 stolen bases ... ranked second in FSL in stolen bases (55) despite playing in 16 fewer games than leader who finished with 70 ... listed 10th in league with 122 hits.
Road From UC: Drafted by the Cubs in the 13th round of the 2008 MLB Draft ... missed a month of rookie season after being injured in opening game ... still finished with 22 stolen bases in 24 games for the Arizona League Cubs.
At UC (2007-08): A two-time All-BIG EAST selection and a first team choice in 2008 ... capped career with UC record 104 stolen bases in just 115 games ... swiped a UC single season record 60 bases in 2007 and led the nation in steals per game.
Position: First Base
2010 Team: TBD (MLB Parent Team: Toronto Blue Jays).
2009 Season: Played in 64 games for the Auburn Doubledays, hitting .221 with 8 doubles, 4 home runs and 23 RBI.
Road From UC: Drafted by the Blue Jays in the 14th round of the 2009 MLB Draft.
At UC (2009): Earned third team All-American and second team All-BIG EAST honors ... broke the UC single season records for batting average (.427) and hits (99) ... added 18 doubles, nine home runs and 53 RBI ... hit the longest home run ever at Marge Schott Stadium that landed on the roof of Fifth Third Arena in a game vs. Xavier.
Position: First Base
2010 Team: Class AA Trenton Thunder of the Eastern League (MLB Parent Team: New York Yankees)
2009 Season: Battled through injuries to play in 64 games for the Class A Charleston RiverDogs ...hit .238 with six doubles, two home runs and 22 RBI.
Road From UC: Signed with the Yankees as an undrafted free agent in 2008 ... hit .345 for the GCL Yankees that season with four doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI.
At UC (2005-07): Earned second team All-BIG EAST honors in 2007 after hitting .343 with 14 doubles, 11 home runs and 65 RBI ... played in 77 career games with a .309 batting average, 20 doubles, 12 home runs and 70 RBI.
2010 Team: Class AA Altoona Curve of the Eastern League (MLB Parent Team: Pittsburgh Pirates).
2009 Season: Started season at Class A Peoria where he hit .337 in 79 games before earning promotion to high A Daytona ... traded to Pirates organization and finished year at high A Lynchburg ... hit .311 during three stops, with 28 doubles, nine triples, six home runs, 55 RBI and 30 stolen bases ... tallied enough at-bats with Peoria to finish second in the Midwest League in hitting.
Road From UC: Drafted in the 6th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs ... played in 64 games in first season between rookie league Boise and Class A Peoria ... hit .305 as a rookie with 15 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 29 RBI and 18 stolen bases.
At UC (2006-08): Tabbed a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball in 2008 ... named BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year in same season ... earned three All-BIG EAST selections, including a first team mention in 2008 ... a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2006 ... twice earned first team ABCA All-Region honors ... named to 2008 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team after helping Bearcats to runner-up finish ... holds two of the top-10 spots on UC's single season hits chart and is third in doubles and fifth in stolen bases ... ranks on the following UC career lists: stolen bases (2nd, 63), runs (3rd, 192), doubles (4th, 53), hits (4th, 246), batting average (5th, .358), on-base percentage (5th, .439), RBI (5th, 153), total bases (5th, 366) and at bats (8th, 687).
2010 Season: Class A Beloit Snappers of the Midwest League (MLB Parent Team: Minnesota Twins).
2009 Season: Posted a 7-10 record in 28 games (26 starts) for Beloit ... hurled 137 innings, totaling 140 strikeouts and ending with a 5.19 ERA.
Road From UC: Drafted in the 7th Round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Twins ... earned Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year as a rookie at Elizabethton after owning a 7-2 record, a 3.00 ERA and a league-best 104 strikeouts in 75 innings of work.
At UC (2006-08): A two-time All-BIG EAST honoree, including first team in 2007 ... won a UC record 21 games during three-year career ... also ranks among the UC leaders in innings pitched (3rd, 255), starts (T-6th, 36) and strikeouts (6th, 194) ... nine wins in each of last two season tie for third on UC single season chart.
Position: First Base/Outfield
2010 Team: Class AA Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League (MLB Parent Team: Cincinnati Reds).
2009 Season: Played in 125 games for Carolina, finishing season with a .222 batting average ... ended campaign with 18 doubles, a career-high four triples, six home runs and 48 RBI.
Road From UC: Drafted by the Reds in the 12th round of the 2006 MLB Draft ... started career at Rookie League Billings (2006), before spending all of 2007 and part of 2008 at Class A Dayton ... promoted to Class A Sarasota and hit .301 in final 38 games of 2008 season ... hit a combined total of 15 home runs and drove in 61 runs during 2008 season ... ranked among the Pioneer League Leaders in 2006 in batting (10th .329), RBI (6th, 51) and home runs (T-7th, 9).
At UC (2005-06): A third team All-BIG EAST selection in 2006 after ranking among the league leaders with 69 RBI ... played in 113 games during two-year career, hitting .328 with 38 doubles, nine triples, 22 home runs and 122 RBI ... ranks in the top 10 on five UC single season lists.
2010 Team: TBD (MLB Parent Team: Cincinnati Reds).
2009 Season: Played in 34 games for the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League ... hit .315 with seven doubles, three triples and 15 RBI.
Road From UC: Signed with the Reds in the fall of 2009 after one partial season with the Otters.
At UC (2007-09): A third team All-BIG EAST selection in 2008 ... batted .364 that season with 21 doubles, 14 home runs and 61 RBI ... tied a school record in 2007 with three home runs in a game vs. Ohio ... ranks among the UC top-10 in six statistical categories.
Position: Third Base
2010 Team: Class A Stockton Ports of the California League (MLB Parent Team: Oakland A's).
2009 Season: Bounced back from injury to appear in 54 games between the Arizona League Athletics and Kane County ... tallied 11 doubles, seven home runs and 28 RBI, along with a .263 batting average.
Road From UC: Drafted by the Athletics in 11th round of the 2009 MLB Draft ... had previously been selected in the 45th round by the Minnesota Twins one year prior.
At UC (2008-09): A two-time second team All-BIG EAST performer ... in just two seasons as a Bearcat ranks third in career home runs (44), sixth in RBI (148) and first in slugging percentage (.703) ... led BIG EAST with 79 RBI in 2008 ... set UC single season home run record with 21 in 2008 before breaking mark one year later with 23 ... ranks fourth in school history with a .359 career batting average and a .443 on-base percentage ... ranks in the UC career top-10 in seven statistical categories.
Position: First Base/Third Base
2010 Team: Boston Red Sox
2009 Season: Earned second straight All-Star Game appearance ... finished sixth in American League MVP balloting ... played in 136 games hitting .305 with 36 doubles, 27 home runs and 94 RBI.
Road From UC: Drafted by the Red Sox in eighth round of 2001 MLB Draft ... spent parts of five seasons in Red Sox minor league system and made big league debut on May 15, 2004 ... homered off of former Cy Young Award Winner Pat Hentgen in second big league at-bat ... named AL Rookie of the Month in May 2004 ... finished third in 2008 AL MVP balloting after finishing campaign with career highs in batting average (.312), doubles (43), home runs (27) and RBI (115) ... made first career all-star start in same season ... awarded Gold Glove for play at first base following 2007 season.
At UC (1998-2001): A two-time All-American, drawing second team honors in 2000 and second and third team accolades in 2001 ... a three-time All-Conference USA selection, including a pair of first team awards ... named to C-USA All-Decade Team in 2005 ... holds the top three spots on UC's single season runs list, including a record 85 in 1999 ... is in two of top seven spots on UC single season hits list, two of top five in doubles, two of top four in home runs and three of top five in on-base percentage ... holds school records for walks in a season (63, 2000) and on-base percentage (.549, 2001) ... owns share of school record with six runs scored in a 2000 game vs. Dayton ... UC's career leader in games played (230), runs (279), home runs (53), walks (206) and on-base percentage (.499) ... also among the UC career leaders in: at-bats (2nd, 855), batting average (2nd, .366), doubles (2nd, 58), hits (2nd, 213), total bases (2nd, 536), RBI (3rd, 203) and slugging percentage (4th, .627).