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Four Colleges Lead With Four Alumni Playing In 2019 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 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

SchoolNumber
Cal State Fullerton4
Florida4
Louisiana State4
Louisville4
Chipola (Fla.) JC3
Old Dominion3
Virginia3
California2
Kentucky2
Maryland2
Miami2
Middle Georgia State2
Mississippi State2
Missouri2
Nova Southeastern (Fla.)2
Oklahoma2
Rice2
St. Johns River (Fla.) JC2
Stanford2
Vanderbilt2
Wright State2
Akron1
Alderson-Broaddus (W.V.)1
Arizona1
Arizona State1
Arkansas1
Auburn1
Baylor1
Belmont1
Belmont Abbey (N.C.)1
Cloud County (Kan.) JC1
College of Charleston1
Colorado Mesa1
Connecticut1
Dallas Baptist1
Daytona Beach (Fla.) JC1
Elon1
Embry-Riddle (Fla.)1
Florida Southern1
Fresno State1
Furman1
Georgia Tech1
Hartford1
Harvard1
Hawaii1
Illinois State1
Indian River (Fla.) JC1
Indiana1
Indiana State1
Kent State1
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)1
Long Beach State1
Lynn (Fla.)1
Maryville State (N.D.)1
McLennan (Texas) JC1
Miami (Ohio)1
Michigan1
Mississippi1
Missouri State1
Navy1
New Mexico1
North Carolina1
North Carolina State1
Northeastern1
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M JC1
Northeastern State (Okla.)1
Northwestern1
Notre Dame1
Oakland1
Oklahoma State1
Parkland (Ill.) JC1
Pepperdine1
San Diego State1
San Jacinto (Texas) JC1
Slippery Rock (Pa.)1
South Alabama1
South Carolina1
Southeastern Louisiana1
Southern Mississippi1
St. John's1
Texas A&M1
Texas Christian1
Texas State1
Texas Tech1
UC Irvine1
UC Riverside1
UCLA1
Utah1
Virginia Tech1
Washington1
West Alabama1
West Chester (Pa.)1
Western Oklahoma State JC1
Young Harris (Ga.)1

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