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MAC Baseball Alums: Miami

Help us, Adam Eaton, you're our only hope!

Norm Hall

The names in RedHawks history don't stand out all that much, but you may remember some. Charlie Leibrandt pitched for 14 seasons, including with the '85 World Series champion Royals. Brooks Lawrence is the only MU alum to reach an All-Star game, which he did in '56 with the Reds. Bill Doran played on some of the better Astros teams in the '80s. There were some more recent role players such as Tim Naehring and Scott Sauerback. And that's about it.

But when you think of Miami, you think of coaches. And sure enough, they produced one of the greats: Walter Alston won three World Series and seven National League Pennants with the Dodgers from 1954-1976.

Miami RedHawks draft history at Baseball-Reference
Last MLB Player: Adam Eaton, present
P Name Drafted 2012 Team 2013 Team Comments
OF Adam Eaton 2010, 19th rd Arizona Diamondbacks Same Eaton began the season on the disabled list, but is expected to contribute as a fourth outfielder again. For the second straight year Eaton was placed on's list of top 100 prospects.
RHP John Ely 2007, 3rd rd Los Angeles Dodgers Astros Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes Ely spent most of 2012 in Triple-A with the Dodgers, got a quick call-up with unspectacular results and perhaps understandably the team did not bring him back. Now Ely will miss the season to undergo Tommy John surgery. which is a shame because he looked like a prime candidate to help out in the Astros rotation.
LHP Tyler Melling 2011, 39th rd Cardinals Short Season-A Batavia Muckdogs Cardinals High-A Palm Beach Cardinals While not a remarkably top prospect, Melling has shown incredible control in the minors, averaging one walk per nine innings in over 100 innings pitched.
RHP Chad Reineke 2004, 13th rd Reds Triple-A Louisville Bats Same Reineke has seen brief time in the majors but not since 2011.
C Adam Weisenburger 2011, 24th rd Brewers Double-A Huntsville Stars Same Baseball America rated Weisenburger the top defensive catcher in the Brewers system. He doesn't have much of a bat (.243 minor league average with two home runs in three seasons), but defense is one way to get called up.
RHP Connor Graham 2007, 5th rd Ind. League Long Island Ducks Same Graham couldn't make it beyond Double-A with the Indians in 2010, missed 2011 to injury and was released, but landed softy in a decent independent league team notable for picking up several former MLB All-Stars. For example, this year he'll play with Dontrelle Willis and Vladimir Guerrero.
LHP Graham Taylor 2006, 10th rd Marlins Double-A Jacksonville Suns Ind. League Somerset Patriots Taylor had a brief stint with the Marlins in 2009, making three starts and not pitching particuarly well. He was finally released last season.
LHP Keith Weiser 2006, 3rd rd Ind. League Camden Riversharks Same Weiser spent five seasons in the Rockies organization until 2011, when he couldn't make it beyond Triple-A.
1B Kyle Weldon N/A Ind. League Lake Erie Crushers Same