MLB Playoffs 2017: Breaking down postseason rosters by former NCAA student-athletes
One hundred and eighty-five former NCAA baseball student-athletes appear on the 40-man MLB postseason rosters across the 10 teams that made the playoffs.
The players collectively represent 107 different schools, ranging from DI to DIII. Eighteen schools have at least three former players who appear on a postseason roster, led by Arizona State and Virginia with seven apiece. The SEC leads all conferences with 39 former student-athletes.
185: Number of former NCAA baseball student-athletes who are on an MLB postseason roster.
107: Number of NCAA institutions represented in the MLB Playoffs.
39: Number of former SEC student-athletes in the MLB Playoffs, the most of any conference.
24: Number of Boston Red Sox players who attended an NCAA institution, the most of any team in the MLB Playoffs.
22: Number of Division I conferences represented.
9: Number of former Division II student-athletes whose teams made the MLB Playoffs.
7: Number of former student-athletes from Arizona State and Virginia in the MLB Playoffs, which is tied for the most from any school.
3: Number of former Division III student-athletes whose teams made the MLB Playoffs.
1: Number of players appearing in the MLB Playoffs who attended a university in the Southland Conference – Yankees pitcher Caleb Smith, Sam Houston State – which is the fewest of any DI conference.
The usual suspects:
Arizona State (7): Brady Rodgers (Astros), Jake Barrett (Diamondbacks), Austin Barnes (Dodgers), Andre Ethier (Dodgers), Jason Kipnis (Indians), Deven Marrero (Red Sox), Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)
Virginia (7): Derek Fisher (Astros), Chris Taylor (Dodgers), Kyle Crockett (Indians), Brandon Guyer (Indians), Sean Doolittle (Nationals), Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals), Mark Reynolds (Rockies)
Connecticut (5): George Springer (Astros), Nick Ahmed (Diamondbacks), Matt Barnes (Red Sox), Rajai Davis (Red Sox), Scott Oberg (Rockies)
LSU (5): Alex Bregman (Astros), Will Harris (Astros), Nick Goody (Indians), Andrew Stevenson (Nationals), DJ LeMahieu (Rockies)
Rice (5): Tony Cingrani (Dodgers), Anthony Rendon (Nationals), Brock Holt (Red Sox), JT Chargois (Twins), Tyler Suffey (Twins)
UCLA (5): Chase Utley (Dodgers), Trevor Bauer (Indians), Adam Plutko (Indians), Matt Grace (Nationals), Pat Valaika (Rockies)
2017 All-Star selections:
Aaron Judge, Yankees – Fresno State
George Springer, Astros – Connecticut
Dallas Keuchel, Astros – Arkansas
Corey Kluber, Indians – Stetson
Chris Sale, Red Sox – Florida Gulf Coast
Andrew Miller, Indians – North Carolina
Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals – Virginia
Daniel Murphy, Nationals – Jacksonville
Charlie Blackmon, Rockies – Georgia Tech
Paul Goldschmidt, Astros – Texas State
DJ LeMahieu, Rockies – LSU
Jake Lamb, Diamondbacks – Washington
Max Scherzer, Nationals – Missouri
Stephen Strasburg, Nationals – San Diego State
Pat Neshek, Rockies – Butler
Chris Devenski, Astros – Cal State Fullerton
Brandon Kintzler, Nationals – Dixie State (DII)
Alex Wood, Dodgers – Georgia
Justin Turner, Dodgers – Cal State Fullerton
Below is a breakdown of former NCAA baseball players in the MLB playoffs by conference:
|Conference||Number of players|
Below is a breakdown of former NCAA baseball players in the MLB playoffs by school:
|School||Number of players|
|Cal State Fullerton||3|
|Dixie State (DII)||1|
|Eastern Mennonite (DIII)||1|
|Florida Gulf Coast||1|
|Long Beach State||2|
|Nova Southeastern (DII)||2|
|Sam Houston State||1|
|San Diego State||2|
|Sonoma State (DII)||1|
|Texas-Permian Basin (DII)||1|
Andy Wittry has written for SI.com, Sporting News, the Indianapolis Star, Louisville Courier-Journal and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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