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MAC Baseball Alums: Central Michigan

Chippewas pro baseball consists of a bearded man and a ton of recent prospects trying to follow them into the big leagues, many of them with the Detroit Tigers.

Diamondbacks long reliever Josh Collmenter is the lone active Chippewa in the major leagues.
Diamondbacks long reliever Josh Collmenter is the lone active Chippewa in the major leagues.
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It hasn't been a wildly successful recent history for Chippewas baseball. Their last NCAA appearance was 1995. They did have a regular season title in 2010, but the glory days is most definitely the '70s and '80s that produced the likes of veteran pitcher Kevin Tapani and reliever Curt Young. Their only All-Star is Tom Tresh, who played in three All-Star games in the '60s for the Yankees, because of course you made the All-Star Game if you played for the Yankees.

Also interesting: in the last two years they've had eight players drafted, three of them by the Detroit Tigers. They know what they like.


Central Michigan Chippewas draft history at Baseball-Reference
Last MLB Player: Josh Collmenter, present
P Name Drafted 2012 Team 2013 Team Comments
RHP Josh Collmenter 2007, 15th rd Arizona Diamondbacks Same After about a season and a half of starting, Collmenter is now the D'backs long reliever. It's probably not where he wants to be but his funky super-overhand delivery is enough of a different look that Arizona enjoys using him there. Hey, whatever keeps you in the big leagues.
RHP Zach Cooper 2012, 15th rd Phillies Class A Lakewood Blue Claws Same Between Short Season A Williamsport and Lakewood, Cooper had a wonderful 1.30 ERA, allowing just five runs in 34 2/3 innings.
C Dale Cornstubble 2010, 40th rd Ind. League Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks ? He played in two games then was released. I couldn't find any more information on him.
2B/SS Jordan Dean 2012, 15th rd Tigers Short Season-A Connecticut Tigers Same?
LHP Dietrich Enns 2012, 19th rd Yankees Short Season-A Staten Island Yankees Yankees Class A Charleston River Dogs In 42 innings he posted a 2.11 ERA, mostly in long relief. He's not a high prospect but if he keeps retiring batters in the bullpen then he'll start getting some attention.
2B/OF Tyler Hall N/A Ind. League London Rippers Ind. League Southern Illinois Miners
SS Jeff Helps N/A Ind. League Les Capitales de Quebec Same
LHP Trent Howard 2011, 7th rd Orioles High-A Frederick Keys Same Howard struggled after being promoted to High-A, giving up a few too many home runs. A move to the bullpen may help him.
LHP Ryan Longstreth 2012, 40th rd Tigers Short Season-A Connecticut Tigers Same? Longstreth had a setback last year when undergoing Tommy John surgery.
RHP Bryce Morrow N/A Ind. League Evansville Otters Same
RHP Jake Sabol 2011, 36th rd Ind. League Traverse City Beach Bums Same Sabol was released by the Tigers last year after poor performance in Short Season A, but he's done well in the Frontier League.
RHP Jonathan Weaver 2012, 21st rd Rays Rookie League Princeton Rays Same