Thursday, July 7, 2011

9 Reasons to Follow College Baseball: Stars of the Future

This is part 4 of our weekly series on 9 reasons to follow College Baseball.

Stars of the Future: I Knew Them When . .

One of the side benefits of following college baseball is the opportunity to see future MLB stars before they make it to the Show.

This year's MLB All-Star Game rosters illustrate this point perfectly.

American League
  • C Alex Avila, Alabama Crimson Tide / Detroit Tigers

  • OF Curtis Granderson, University Illinois-Chicago Flames / New York Yankees

  • LHP David Price, Venderbilt Commodores / Tampa Bay Rays

  • RHP Justin Verlander, Old Dominion Seahawks / Detroit Tigers

  • RHP Jered Weaver, Long Beach State Dirtbags / Los Angeles Angels

  • LHP C.J. Wilson, Loyola Marymount Lions / Texas Rangers

  • RHP Aaron Crow, Missouri Tigers / Kansas City Royals

  • RHP Chris Perez, Miami Hurricanes / Cleveland Indians

  • C Matt Weiters, Gergia Tech Yellowjackets / Baltimore Orioles

  • OF Jacoby Ellsbury, Oregon State Beavers / Boston Red Sox

  • OF Matt Joyce, Florida Southern Moccasins / Tampa Bay Rays

  • OF Carlos Quentin, Stanford Cardinal / Chicago White Sox

  • DH Michael Young, UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos / Texas Rangers

National League
  • 2B Rickie Weeks, Southern University Jaguars / Milwaukee Brewers

  • LF Ryan Braun, Miami Hurricanes / Milwaukee Brewers

  • RF Lance Berkman, Rice Owls / St. Louis Cardinals

  • LHP Cliff Lee, Arkansas Razorbacks / Philadelphia Phillies

  • RHP Tim Lincecum, Washington Huskies / San Francisco Giants

  • RHP Ryan Vogelson, Kutztown University Bears / San Francisco Giants

  • RHP Brian Wilson, Louisiana State Tigers / San Francisco Giants

  • 1B Gaby Sanchez, Miami Hurricanes / Florida Marlins

  • SS Troy Tulowitzki, Long Beach State Dirtbags / Colorado Rockies

  • RF Hunter Pence, UT-Arlington Mavericks / Houston Astros

I watched the Cards play the Reds this week and there's Longhorn Drew Stubbs in the outfield for Cincinnati, not to mention the Cardinals' Matt Holliday, who used to follow his dad around in the dugout when OSU came to town.

On any given day I can tune in to a Major League game and likely see a player I saw play for or against Mizzou during his college career. Not just Kinsler, Scherzer and Crow, but Joba Chamberlain, Dan Haren, Sam Lecure, Huston Street, Alex Gordon, Ryan Howard, and the list goes on and on.

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