Four Colleges Lead With Four Alumni Playing In 2019 MLB Postseason
Playoff baseball is well underway with the division series beginning this week, and college teams are keeping a close watch on the action and their former players now playing on baseball’s biggest stage.
Cal State Fullerton, Florida, Louisiana State and Louisville tied for the most alumni on playoff rosters, with four players apiece playing this postseason. Fullerton last year led all colleges with five players on postseason rosters and this year tied for the most players on Opening Day rosters with 10.
Fullerton has Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki and Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner facing off in the National League Division Series, while third baseman Matt Chapman and outfielder Khris Davis played for the Athletics in the American League Wild Card Game.
Florida has Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader and Braves righthander Darren O'Day going head-to-head in the other NLDS, while Athletics lefthander A.J. Puk and Rays catcher Mike Zunino were on opposite sides of the AL Wild Card Game.
LSU's postseason contingent includes Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, Astros righthander Will Harris, Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu and Nationals outfielder Andrew Stevenson. Louisville is represented by Braves outfielder Adam Duvall, Yankees righthander Chad Green, Rays lefthander/first baseman Brendan McKay and Dodgers catcher Will Smith.
Chipola (Fla.) JC, Old Dominion and Virginia rank fifth with three alumni in the postseason. Fourteen schools have two former players on playoff rosters.
Of the 255 players on playoff rosters this year, 127 went to a two- or four-year colleges. They represent 95 different schools, from Akron (Chris Bassitt, Athletics) to Young Harris (Ga.) JC (Nick Markakis, Braves).
This count credits players for their final college season before they went to pro ball. 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
|Cal State Fullerton||4|
|Chipola (Fla.) JC||3|
|Middle Georgia State||2|
|Nova Southeastern (Fla.)||2|
|St. Johns River (Fla.) JC||2|
|Belmont Abbey (N.C.)||1|
|Cloud County (Kan.) JC||1|
|College of Charleston||1|
|Daytona Beach (Fla.) JC||1|
|Indian River (Fla.) JC||1|
|Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||1|
|Long Beach State||1|
|Maryville State (N.D.)||1|
|McLennan (Texas) JC||1|
|North Carolina State||1|
|Northeastern Oklahoma A&M JC||1|
|Northeastern State (Okla.)||1|
|Parkland (Ill.) JC||1|
|San Diego State||1|
|San Jacinto (Texas) JC||1|
|Slippery Rock (Pa.)||1|
|West Chester (Pa.)||1|
|Western Oklahoma State JC||1|
|Young Harris (Ga.)||1|