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MAC Baseball Alums: Akron Zips

Our ongoing spring series on how MAC baseball alumni are doing in the big leagues, or how far they've progressed in the minor leagues. Or maybe they're just living it up overseas or in an independent league. We'll start at the beginning with Akron.

Andrew Brown is entering his first full season in the Colorado Rockies organization.
Andrew Brown is entering his first full season in the Colorado Rockies organization.
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The Zips haven't had a ton of baseball success in the pros. Per Baseball Reference only three players have ever made it to the MLB level, and none of them were position players.

Akron Zips draft history at Baseball Reference
Last MLB Player: Mark Malaska, 2004 Red Sox
P Name Drafted 2012 Team 2013 Team Comments
RHP Chris Bassitt 2011, 16th rd White Sox High-A Winston-Salem Dash Same He's not a top prospect (as in, top 20 for the White Sox) but he's right there on the edge.
RHP Andrew Brown 2012, 23rd rd Rockies Short-A Tri City Dust Devils Same One of last year's first team All-MAC pitchers, Brown didn't see much time in the minors last year.
RHP Alex Loftin N/A Ind. League, Lake Erie Crushers None I'm not sure if his baseball career will continue, but he had a major life scare as he discovered there was cancer in his leg. He recently underwent surgery to remove the cancer, saving his leg. Hopefully he makes a full recovery.
OF Asif Shah N/A Ind. League, Gary SouthShore RailCats ? Shah played one season at Akron before transferring to Southeast Missouri State. He spent most of 2012 playing for the Lincoln SaltDogs, also of the American Association. When he was traded to Gary, he soon went on the inactive list, and he wrote a first-account series of columns where Shah talked about his anxiety which led to the end of his season.
OF Drew Turocy 2011, 24th rd Red Sox Class A Greenville Drive Same