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Playoff baseball is well underway, and college baseball programs are keeping a close watch on the action and their former players now playing on baseball’s biggest stage.
LSU and Mississippi State this year have the most alumni on playoff rosters with five each.
LSU’s October stars are Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, Blue Jays righthander Kevin Gausman, Rangers utility man Josh Smith, Twins outfielder Andrew Stevenson and Phillies righthander Aaron Nola. Mississippi State’s playoff alumni are Astros righthander J.P. France, Orioles second baseman Adam Frazier, Rangers first baseman Nathaniel Lowe, Rangers righthander Chris Stratton and Orioles infielder Jordan Westburg.
Virginia closely follows LSU and Mississippi State with four alumni on postseason rosters. Millersville (Pa.), a Division II school, leads all non-Division I programs with two players in the postseason.
Of the 316 players on playoff rosters this season, 151 went to a two- or four-year college. They represent 106 different schools from Air Force (Griffin Jax, Twins) to Yavapai (Ariz.) JC (Kirby Yates, 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. Only players on a team’s 26-man active roster were counted.
College Baseball Players In MLB Playoffs
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