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Cal State Fullerton Leads In Alumni Playing In MLB Postseason

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Playoff baseball is well underway with the division series beginning this week, and college teams are keeping a close watch on the action.

Cal State Fullerton has the most alumni on playoff rosters, with five players playing this postseason. Dylan Floro and Justin Turner are teaming up for the Dodgers and Kurt Suzuki is with the Braves. Matt Chapman and Khris Davis this season starred for the Athletics, who lost in the AL Wild Card Game. Fullerton had seven alumni on Opening Day rosters, tied for fourth most this year.

Southeastern Conference rivals Louisiana State and Vanderbilt rank second with four alumni in the postseason. Connecticut, Miami and Mississippi State all have three alums on postseason rosters.

Middle Georgia State is the lone non-Division I school with multiple former players on postseason rosters. The NAIA school produced Josh Reddick (Astros) and J.B. Wendelken (A’s).

Of the more than 250 players on playoff rosters this year, 130 went to a two- or four-year college. They represent 100 different schools, from Alabama (David Robertson, Yankees) to Young Harris (Ga.) JC (Nick Markakis, Braves).

This count credits players for their final college season before they went to pro ball. Jason Kipnis (Indians) counts for Arizona State, but not for Kentucky, where he began his college career. Players who went to a four-year school after junior college are counted only for their four-year school.

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College Baseball Players In MLB Postseason

SchoolNumber
Cal State Fullerton5
Louisiana State4
Vanderbilt4
Miami3
Mississippi State3
Connecticut3
UCLA3
Arizona State2
Arkansas2
California2
Fresno State2
Indiana2
Middle Georgia2
South Carolina2
Stanford2
Texas2
North Carolina2
Virginia2
Virginia Tech2
Alabama1
Auburn1
Austin Peay State1
Barry (Fla.)1
Baylor1
Belmont Abbey (N.C.)1
Berry (Ga.)1
Carson-Newman (Tenn.)1
Chipola (Fla.) JC1
Cincinnati1
Clemson1
Coastal Carolina1
College of Charleston1
Connecticut-Avery Point JC1
Dartmouth1
Dallas Baptist1
Eastern Mennonite (Va.)1
Evansville1
Florida Gulf Coast1
Florida Southern1
Georgia1
Gloucester County (N.J.) JC1
Georgia Tech1
Gulf Coast (Fla.) JC1
Hartford1
Hawaii1
High Point1
Indian River (Fla.) JC1
Jacksonville1
Kansas State1
Kent State1
Kentucky1
Louisiana-Lafayette1
Long Beach State1
Louisville1
Michigan1
Missouri State1
Missouri1
Monmouth1
Neosho County (Kan.) JC1
Northeastern1
Northwestern1
Nova Southeastern (Fla.)1
Old Dominion1
Mississippi1
Oregon1
Rice1
Riverside (Calif.) JC1
San Francisco1
Santa Fe (Fla.) JC1
Scottsdale (Ariz.) JC1
San Diego State1
Southeastern Louisiana1
Seminole (Fla.) JC1
Slippery Rock (Pa.)1
Sonoma State (Calif.)1
South Alabama1
South Dakota State1
South Florida1
Southern Mississippi1
St. Johns River (Fla.) JC1
Saint Mary's1
Stetson1
Tallahassee (Fla.) JC1
Tennessee-Martin1
Texas A&M1
UC Riverside1
Central Florida1
UC Santa Barbara1
Illinois-Chicago1
Southern California1
USC Upstate1
San Diego1
Texas-Permian Basin1
Wallace State (Tenn.) JC1
Weatherford (Texas) JC1
West Virginia1
Western Carolina1
Western Oklahoma1
Western Oregon1
Young Harris (Ga.) JC1

*Correction: UCLA was previously listed as having just one player in the postseason roster. The Bruins have three counting wild card rosters.  

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