Gators in MLB
Paco Rodriguez is in the Dodgers' bullpen
Paco Rodriguez is in the Dodgers' bullpen
FightinGators.com Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2013


The number of Gators in professional baseball has increased in recent years, especially over the last two seasons. With five former Florida players currently in the big leagues, there are also multiple former Gators in the minor leagues that are having success.

Major Leagues

Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis: Ellis is hitting .324 with a .375 on-base percentage in the first 11 games this year. He has scored three runs and driven in two while having just one extra base hit on a double this year.

Baltimore Orioles reliever Darren O’Day: The side-armed righty has started the year with 6.1 innings, giving up just three hits and one unearned run. O’Day has struck out five hitters and has one hit by pitch.

Cleveland Indians utility player Ryan Raburn: Raburn has played in five games this season and is hitting .200 with two doubles and a .333 on-base percentage.

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Steven Rodriguez: Rodriguez has made five relief appearances, allowing two runs on two walks and no hits in 2.2 innings this season. He has also recorded three strikeouts, mostly serving as a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen.

Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross: Ross is 2-12 in four games this season with one home run off Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price on Saturday. Ross signed with the Red Sox in the offseason after playing for the Atlanta Braves last year.

Minor Leagues

Second baseman Josh Adams- Miami Marlins Class-A Advanced: Adams is hitting .211 through the first seven games with two doubles, three walks to go along with a .318 on-base percentage. Adams is listed as a shortstop after playing second base at Florida.

Right-hander Bryan Augenstein- Minnesota Twins Triple-A: Hasn’t appeared in a game this season.

Right-hander Billy Bullock- Atlanta Braves Triple-A: Bullock is suspended for 50 games for a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Left-hander Kevin Chapman- Houston Astros Triple-A: Chapman has allowed four hits, two runs and one walk while striking out three in 4.1 innings of work. He has also recorded one save, as opponents are hitting .235 against him.

Left-hander Tony Davis- Toronto Blue Jays Class-A Advanced: Davis has allowed one run in 5.2 innings out of the bullpen with a 1.59 ERA, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out eight hitters. Opponents are hitting .211 against him.

Outfielder Matt den Dekker- New York Mets Triple-A: den Dekker hasn’t appeared in a game after breaking his wrist in spring training.

Right-hander Anthony DeSclafani- Miami Marlins Class-A Advanced: In two starts this season, DeSclafani hasn’t given up an earned runs. He threw five shutout innings in his first start of the year. He gave up five unearned runs in his second starting and last just two-thirds of an inning, giving up three hits and one home run. Opponents are hitting .174 against him this year.

Utility player Cole Figueroa- Tampa Bay Rays Triple-A: After a strong spring training with the big league team, Figueroa has translated that to the regular season. He’s hitting .353 through 10 games and 34 at-bats with a .436 on-base percentage.

Shortstop Nolan Fontana- Houston Astros Class-A Advanced: Fontana has started out on fire, hitting .333 with 12 hits in 36 at-bats. He has struck out eight times and also earned eight walks. Fontana has added nine RBI and nine runs scored to go with a .457 on-base percentage and .667 slugging percentage.

Catcher Brian Jeroloman- Pittsburgh Pirates Triple-A: Jeroloman is hitting .200 (1-5) with one RBI and two runs scored in four games played this year. After spending time in the big leagues in recent years, Jeroloman has played four times since April 6 in the minor leagues this year.

Left-hander Brian Johnson- Boston Red Sox Single-A: Johnson has made one start on April 7, allowing six hits, one walk and one run in four innings pitched. Johnson recorded two strikeouts in that outing.

First baseman Matt LaPorta- Cleveland Indians Triple-A: Hasn’t appeared in a game this season.

Right-hander Austin Maddox- Boston Red Sox Single-A: The Red Sox organization turned Maddox into a starting pitcher after he was a closer in Gainesville. He is starting the year as a minor league teammate of Johnson and has made two starts this year, allowing 10 hits and five runs (four earned) while walking three and striking out six. He hasn’t recorded a win or loss but has a 7.20 ERA.

Left-hander Nick Maronde- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Double-A: Maronde has been used out of the bullpen for four appearances this season, allowing five runs in 4.1 innings while walking four and striking out eight. Maronde’s 10.38 ERA isn’t great, but he’ll always get strikeouts out of the bullpen. He spent some time in the big leagues last season.

Outfielder Ben McMahan- Milwaukee Brewers Class-A Advanced: Hasn’t appeared in a game this season.

Left-hander Alex Panteliodis- New York Mets Single-A: Hasn’t appeared in a game this season.

Right-hander Hudson Randall- Detroit Tigers Class-A: Randall has made two starts for the West Michigan Whitecaps, allowing 11 hits in 8.1 innings. Randall has given up six runs but only one of them was earned. He has struck out two hitters and walked just one with a 1.08 ERA this year.

Outfielder Bryson Smith- Cincinnati Reds Double-A: Smith is hitting .250 in nine games and 28 at-bats for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. He hit a home run in the season opener and has scored four runs while a .364 on-base percentage and a .429 slugging percentage.

Right-hander Tommy Toledo- Milwaukee Brewers Class-A Advanced: Toledo is serving as a reliever for the Brevard County Manatees and has given up one run on a solo home run in four relief innings. Toledo has allowed just two hits, two walks and has recorded three strikeouts, allowing opposing hitters to bat just .133 against him.

Outfielder Preston Tucker- Houston Astros Class-A Advanced: Tucker is hitting .308 in 10 games and 39 at-bats this season. He has also hit two home runs and has nine RBI and eight runs scored. Five of his 12 hits are for extra bases, boasting a .538 slugging percentage.

Catcher Mike Zunino- Seattle Mariners Triple-A: Zunino is off to a torrid start in Triple-A. Through eight games and 33 at-bats, the Mariners’ future catcher is hitting .303 with four home runs, 18 RBI and seven runs scored. He’s adding a .351 on-base percentage and .818 slugging percentage. With issues at catcher in the major leagues, Zunino will be up in the big leagues at some point this year.



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