ATLANTA, Ga. - Sixteen alumni from ASUN Conference Baseball programs have appeared in the Major Leagues during the 2019 season. Leading the pack is reigning NL Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom of the Mets, joined by fellow starter Chris Sale of Boston and veteran infielder Daniel Murphy from Colorado.
*Statistics through games completed by Sept. 5
ASUN Conference Baseball Alums in MLB (2019)
Jacob deGrom, Stetson/New York Mets (RHP):
2019 Stats: 8-8 | 2.76 ERA | 220 K
- Winner of the 2018 National League Cy Young Award, deGrom struggled through the first two months of the season, posting a 3-6 mark but has rebounded the second half of the season to an 8-8 record and lowered his ERA to 2.76. Earlier this season, the veteran made his third appearance in the MLB All-Star Game.
Chris Sale, FGCU/Boston Red Sox (LHP):
2019 Stats: 6-11 | 4.40 ERA | 218 K
- Sale had a tumultuous start to the 2019 campaign but has since turned his game around to help the Red Sox back into the wild card race. He currently has a 4.40 ERA with a 6-11 record for the Red Sox.
Corey Kluber, Stetson/Cleveland Indians (RHP):
2019 Stats: 2-3 | 5.80 ERA | 38 K
- The two-time Cy Young Award winner has been out with a right ulna fracture in his arm since early May and sits on the 60-day IL. Before suffering the injury, Kluber went 2-0 in his previous four outings, showing signs of knocking off the rust from the offseason and becoming the ace he is in Cleveland.
Daniel Murphy, Jacksonville/Colorado Rockies (IF):
2019 Stats: .284 | 13 HR | 73 RBI
- Playing in 113 of the Rockies' 141 games so far, Murphy has been a steady veteran presence for a lineup full of young pop. The former Jacksonville standout and ASUN Player of the Year has topped his double, home run, RBI and walk totals from 2018 and has driven in 73 RBIs this season for the Rockies.
Richard Bleier, FGCU/Baltimore Orioles (LHP):
2019 Stats: 44 G | 3-0 | 3 SV
- Missing a month due to an arm injury, Bleier is back in the O's bullpen and has made 44 appearances. The former FGCU Eagle has locked down the first three saves of his career this season too, his first two coming in back-to-back games vs. the Giants and Blue Jays.
Jacob Barnes, FGCU/Milwaukee Brewers & Kansas City Royals (RHP):
2019 Stats: 25 G | 1-2 | 7.00 ERA
- Sent down to AAA to work out some kinks in his game this season, Barnes was part of the Brewers' bullpen and appeared in 18 games. The FGCU alum also made the first start of his big league career, working as an opener vs. Colorado and going one inning. He was traded to the Royals before the deadline and has appeared in seven games with four strikeouts.
Travis Bergen, Kennesaw State/San Francisco Giants (LHP):
2019 Stats: 21 G | 2-0 | 5.49 ERA
- Bergen missed the months of June and July due to injury and recently made his first relief appearance for the Giants on Aug. 9. Before getting hurt, the former Kennesaw State standout went 2-0 in 18 games, his first experience in the bigs after being claimed off waivers from Toronto during the offseason.
Jake Noll, FGCU/Washington Nationals (3B):
2019 Stats: .167 | 1 XBH | 2 RBI
- The first position player to appear in the Majors from FGCU, Noll spent just about a month with the Nationals before being sent down to Triple-A in May. During his time with the big club, the former Eagle drove in a pair of runs including drawing a walk-off walk.
Alex McRae, Jacksonville/Pittsburgh Pirates (RHP):
2019 Stats: 6 G | 0-3 | 15 K
- McRae was recalled for a brief stint with the Bucs in May but was sent down shortly after with four games under his belt. The former Dolphin struggled this season, posting an 9.98 ERA in 15.1 innings but striking out 15 hitters along the way.
Richard Lovelady, Kennesaw State/Kansas City Royals (LHP):
2019 Stats: 25 G | 7.65 ERA | 17 K
- Lovelady made his Major League debut in April, appearing in 16 games before being sent down to Triple-A Omaha. The lefty had 12 scoreless outings in his brief stint in Kansas City and racked up a pair of strikeouts during his first inning of work with the Royals.
Caleb Joseph, Lipscomb/Arizona Diamondbacks (C):
2019 Stats: .167 | 0 HR | 2 RBI
- Joseph has gone back-and-forth with the D-Backs between the bigs and Triple-A, serving as a backup catcher in the desert. Joseph's pair of RBIs came in the same game, producing two runs in a 6-5 loss to the Cubs in late April.
Ryan Cordell, Liberty/Chicago White Sox (OF):
2019 Stats: .223 | 6 HR | 20 RBI
- In his first full season in the Major Leagues, Cordell briefly cracked into the starting lineup for the Sox and provided a few big hits along the way with six home runs. The former Liberty product has also drove-in 20 RBIs on the year for Chicago.
Sergio Romo, North Alabama/Miami Marlins & Minnesota Twins (RHP):
2019 Stats: 55 G | 2-1 | 20 SV
- A veteran bullpen piece, Romo has locked down a combined 20 saves for the Marlins and Twins in 55 games. The former UNA pitcher was sent to the Twins prior to the deadline and has picked up a pair of wins as well.
Cory Gearrin, Mercer/Seattle Mariners & New York Yankees (RHP):
2019 Stats: 54 G | 1-2 | 4.18 ERA
- Gearrin, like Barnes, notched his first career start this season when opening vs. the Astros and going one inning. Gearrin was the most-used reliever for Seattle this season, appearing in 34 games while striking out 30 hitters in 28.1 innings before being dealt to the Yankees where he has appeared in just six games.
Chad Sobotka, USC Upstate/Atlanta Braves (RHP):
2019 Stats: 27 G | 0-0 | 33 K
- Missing nearly two months with a slew of injuries, Sobotka was recalled by the Braves in June to rejoin the bullpen and provide a fireball pitcher in the back end. Struggling to keep the runs down, Sobotka has appeared in 27 games with 33 punchouts this season.
Drew Butera, UCF/Colorado Rockies (C):
2019 Stats: .200 | 0 HR | 4 R
- Butera has served as a backup catcher as well for the Rockies, appearing in eight games before being outrighted to Triple-A in May. During his brief stint with the Rockies, Butera collected four hits while scoring four times.
Players in Minor Leagues With MLB Experience
- Austin Hays, Jacksonville/Baltimore Orioles (OF)
- Rex Brothers, Lipscomb/New York Yankees (LHP)
- Josh Smith, Lipscomb/Boston Red Sox (RHP)
- Billy Burns, Mercer/New York Yankees (OF)
- Mark Leiter Jr., NJIT/Toronto Blue Jays (RHP)