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MAC Baseball Alums: Kent State

One of the College World Series darlings produced a rash of recent MLB draftees, some who have a shot at making it all the way to the top.

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Matt Guerrier is the only Kent Stater in the big leagues, but this will change soon.
Matt Guerrier is the only Kent Stater in the big leagues, but this will change soon.
Doug Pensinger

One way to grab major league scouts' attention is to reach the College World Series. It's not that the teams have tons of big league talent, but a team may be more willing to take a flier on a college star if he was able to help propel them to college baseball's biggest stage. Indeed, six players were drafted in last year's MLB Draft, and only one of them (redshirt sophomore Michael Clark) did not sign with a team.

Naturally, the gold standard for Kent State baseball is Thurman Munson, who played 11 seasons for the Yankees, playing in seven All-Star games until his tragic death. They've also produced All-Stars Rich Rollins and Steve Stone and a couple serviceable pitchers, Dustin Hermanson and Andy Sonnanstine. There were some who weren't as successful, such as Dirk Hayhurst, who still managed to publish three interesting books.

Kent State Golden Flashes draft history at Baseball-Reference
Last MLB Player: Matt Guerrier, present
P Name Drafted 2012 Team 2013 Team Comments
2B Emmannuel Burriss 2006, 1st rd San Francisco Giants Reds Triple-A Cincinnati Reds Burriss was designated for assignment by the Giants last summer and demoted to AAA, so he didn't get a chance to play for the World Series team. Now at 28 years old, he needs to show some more offensive production to get back into the big leagues. It's gonna be tough with the Reds, given their infield.
RHP Chris Carpenter 2008, 3rd rd Boston Red Sox Red Sox Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox It must be fun being traded for a front office executive. Carpenter will begin in Triple-A but I don't see why he won't make it back to the Red Sox, even if only for a little while. He's useful enough.
RHP Matt Guerrier 1999, 10th rd Los Angeles Dodgers Same Until an injury last year, Guerrier has been a very active reliever for many years, getting in at least 70 games from 2007-11.
LHP Andrew Chafin 2011, 1st rd D'backs High-A Visalia Rawhide Same Chafin is certainly one of Arizona's top prospects, and he struck out a ton of batters last year. Minor League Ball has him as the Diamondbacks' sixth best prospect.
LHP Kyle Hallock 2011, 10th rd Astros Class A Lexington Legends Astros Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks Hallock began the season in Class A but suddenly got the jump to Triple-A, out of nowhere. His numbers weren't very good last year but he also missed a lot of time due to injury.
C David Lyon 2012, 34th rd Rangers Arizona League Rangers Class A Hickory Crawdads
1B Travis Shaw 2011, 9th rd Red Sox Double-A Portland Sea Dogs Same Shaw might be the best first base prospect Boston has, but it's the toughest position of them all to come up as a first baseman, because you need to hit right away. He's starting to show power, but he'll have to show more.
RHP Ryan Bores 2012, 27th rd Rangers Arizona League ? Bores hasn't been assigned to a team yet, but he did well in the Arizona league, giving up just two runs in 14 2/3 innings and allowing 12 walks plus hits.
SS/3B Andrew Davis 2007, 11th rd Ind. League Lake Erie Crushers Same To his credit, Davis is one of the top Frontier League players, being named to three All-Star games and being named MVP runner-up once. It doesn't get more MAC than that.
INF Nick Hamilton 2012, 35th rd Indians Arizona League ?
RHP Ben Klafczynski 2011, 20th rd Ind. League Lake Erie Crushers Red Sox minor leagues Klafczynski was drafted by the Cubs as an outfielder, then was released, and converted to a relief pitcher, impressing Red Sox scouts enough to sign them into their organization.
2B/SS Jimmy Rider 2012, 26th rd Pirates Short Season-A State College Spikes Pirates Short Season-A Jamestown Jammers His B-R page says his full name is "James Bottles Rider." Seriously?
1B/3B Greg Rohan 2009, 21st rd Cubs Triple-A Iowa Cubs Same Rohan will start the season on the disabled list and once he gets healthy, he might crack the big league team at some point.
LHP David Starn 2012, 7th rd Braves Class A Rome Braves Same Starn is also starting the season on the disabled list.