One hundred and sixty-two former NCAA student-athletes, 107 NCAA institutions, 27 DI conferences and three divisions are represented by this year’s 10 MLB playoff teams. 

The 2019 MLB postseason kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 1 with the first of two Wild Card games. The NL’s Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers will play Tuesday at 8:08 p.m. ET on TBS while the AL’s Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics meet Wednesday at 8:09 p.m. ET on ESPN. Click or tap here for the full postseason schedule.

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Below, we highlight every former college baseball player listed on each playoff team’s active roster to close out the regular season on Sept. 29. Postseason rosters will be cut down to 25 per team prior to each series.

First, here are some general notes:

  • Each MLB playoff team had at least a dozen former college baseball players on its active roster at the end of regular season play. The Tampa Bay Rays and St. Louis Cardinals tied for the most with 19; the Houston Astros had the least with 12.
  • Of the 27 DI conferences represented, the SEC has the most former student-athletes with 33. The next most belongs to the ACC (20), Pac-12 (13) and Big West (12).
  • Sixteen former student-athletes played at current DII institutions and two came from current DIII schools.
  • Cal State Fullerton leads all NCAA schools on the list with six representatives. Fifteen other schools have at least three: Florida (four), Louisville (four), LSU (four), Virginia (four), California (three), Dallas Baptist (three), Maryland (three), Mississippi (three), Mississippi State (three), Missouri (three), Oklahoma (three), Old Dominion (three), South Carolina (three), Texas A&M (three) and Vanderbilt (three).

Here is a breakdown of former college baseball players by playoff team. Positions and colleges were taken from’s official active rosters at the end of regular season play on Sept. 29.

*Players cut from postseason rosters for each round will be noted with an asterisk.

Washington Nationals

Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman were teammates at Virginia for one season in 2005 when the Cavaliers made a run to NCAA regionals. Zimmerman played in 174 games over three years at UVA (2003-05), finishing with 140 RBIs, 128 runs and 63 extra-base hits. Doolittle (2005-07), a two-way player, was ACC Player of the Year in 2006 and finished with 22 victories on the mound and 22 homers at the plate.

Stephen Strasburg was a two-time All-American pitcher at San Diego State and set the school record with a 1.59 career ERA. He was the No. 1 overall pick in 2009.

Aaron Barrett P Mississippi
Sean Doolittle P Virginia
Erick Fedde P UNLV
Daniel Hudson P Old Dominion
Tanner Rainey P West Alabama (DII)
Max Scherzer P Missouri
Stephen Strasburg P San Diego State
Austin Voth P Washington
Tres Barrera C Texas
Yan Gomes C Barry (DII)
Kurt Suzuki C Cal State Fullerton
Matt Adams 1B Slippery Rock (DII)
Brian Dozier 2B Southern Mississippi
Anthony Rendon 3B Rice
Trea Turner SS North Carolina State
Ryan Zimmerman 1B Virginia
Adam Eaton OF Miami (Ohio)
Andrew Stevenson OF LSU

Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers ace Brandon Woodruff was a star in last year’s postseason run, which included hitting an unlikely home run off Clayton Kershaw. Woodruff spent three years at Mississippi State, appearing in 34 games and three NCAA regionals. 

Rookie second baseman Keston Hiura won the NCAA batting title in 2017, hitting a whopping .442 with a .567 on-base percentage at UC Irvine. He was selected ninth overall in the 2017 MLB Draft and has 19 homers in just 84 games as a Brewer.

Chase Anderson P Oklahoma
Ray Black P Pittsburgh
Corbin Burnes P St. Mary’s (CA)
Jay Jackson P Furman
Jimmy Nelson P Alabama
Drew Pomeranz P Mississippi
Brent Suter P Harvard
Taylor Williams P Kent State
Brandon Woodruff P Mississippi State
David Freitas C Hawaii
Yasmani Grandal C Miami (Fla.)
Keston Hiura 2B UC Irvine
Travis Shaw 3B Kent State
Eric Thames 1B Pepperdine
Ryan Braun OF Miami (Fla.)

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Oakland Athletics

Matt Chapman, a 2018 Gold Glove winner and 2019 MLB All-Star, hit .312 with 24 extra-base hits his junior season at Cal State Fullerton before being selected 25th overall in 2014. He finished his Titans career with two All-Big West team honors and an ABCA Gold Glove Award.

Lefty Sean Manaea was a three-year standout at Indiana State and closed out his collegiate career with 290 strikeouts, third most in ISU history. 

Ryan Butcher P Rowan (DIII)
Mike Fiers P Nova Southeastern (DII)
Sean Manaea P Indiana State
Daniel Mengden P Texas A&M
A.J. Puk P Florida
Tanner Roark P Illinois
Blake Treinen P South Dakota State
Lou Trivino P Slippery Rock (DII)
Sean Murphy C Wright State
Josh Phegley C Indiana
Seth Brown 1B Lewis & Clark (DIII)
Mark Canha 1B California
Matt Chapman 3B Cal State Fullerton
Sheldon Neuse 3B Oklahoma
Marcus Semien SS California
Khris Davis OF Cal State Fullerton
Chad Pinder OF Virginia Tech

Tampa Bay Rays

Mike Zunino’s 2010-12 run at Florida was littered with accolades, including two first-team All-American selections, a Dick Howser Trophy, a Johnny Bench Award and an SEC Player of the Year honor. The catcher hit .327 with 47 homers and 175 RBIs in 193 games as a Gator.

Ryan Yarbrough is one of three Old Dominion Monarchs on playoff teams, and the most recent to come out of college. The southpaw was 10-11 with a 3.89 ERA and a save from 2013-14 at ODU.

Jalen Beeks P Arkansas

José De León

P Southern
Oliver Drake P Navy

Peter Fairbanks

P Missouri

Andrew Kittredge

P Washington
Brendan McKay P Louisville

Emilio Pagán

P Belmont Abbey (DII)
Colin Poche P Dallas Baptist

Austin Pruitt

P Houston
Trevor Richards P Drury (DII)

Cole Sulser

P Dartmouth

Ryan Yarbrough

P Old Dominion
Mike Zunino C Florida

Michael Brosseau

3B Oakland
Matt Duffy 3B Long Beach State
Brandon Lowe 2B Maryland
Nate Lowe 1B Mississippi State
Eric Sogard 2B Arizona State
Joey Wendle 2B West Chester (Pa.) (DII)

Houston Astros

Gerrit Cole (UCLA) and Justin Verlander (Old Dominion) are both top contenders for the 2019 AL Cy Young Award. They also both happen to be in the Astros’ starting rotation. Cole ended his Bruins tenure ranked second in career strikeouts in UCLA history with 376. Verlander is No. 1 on ODU’s strikeout list with 427.

Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was a star shortstop at LSU, garnering recognition as a 2015 first-team All-American and Golden Spikes finalist. 


Joe Biagini

P UC Davis
Gerrit Cole P UCLA

Chris Devenski

P Cal State Fullerton
Will Harris P LSU
Wade Miley P Southeastern Louisiana
Joe Smith P Wright State
Cy Sneed P Dallas Baptist
Justin Verlander P Old Dominion

Garrett Stubbs

C Southern California
Alex Bregman 3B LSU

Jack Mayfield

2B Oklahoma
George Springer OF Connecticut

New York Yankees

Aaron Judge has won both a college and Major League Home Run Derby. Five years before his victory at the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami, Judge won the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby in Omaha as a member of Fresno State. He was a two-time All-WAC first-teamer before the Yankees drafted him in 2013.

DJ LeMahieu was named a starter as a true freshman in 2008 and batted .344 in two seasons with LSU. The three-time MLB All-Star was a member of the 2009 College World Series All-Tournament Team after leading the Tigers to the program’s sixth national championship.

Chance Adams P Dallas Baptist

Cory Gearrin

P Mercer
Chad Green P Louisville
J.A. Happ P Northwestern

Tommy Kahnle

P Lynn (DII)
Michael King P Boston College
Tyler Lyons P Oklahoma State
Jordan Montgomery P South Carolina
Adam Ottavino P Northeastern
James Paxton P Kentucky
Mike Ford 1B Princeton
DJ LeMahieu 2B LSU
Luke Voit 1B Missouri State
Brett Gardner OF Charleston
Aaron Judge OF Fresno State

Minnesota Twins

Twins first baseman C.J. Cron was Utah’s first first-round pick in program history (2011 MLB Draft). Cron was a two-time Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist and was twice named Mountain West Conference Player of the Year. 

Catcher Mitch Garver was also a MWC standout, playing at New Mexico from 2010-13. He batted .390 with 21 doubles, five triples and six home runs as a senior in 2013.


Randy Dobnak

P Alderson Broaddus (DII)
Sam Dyson P South Carolina
Kyle Gibson P Missouri

Ryne Harper

P Austin Peay

Trevor Hildenberger

P California
Taylor Rogers P Kentucky
Sergio Romo P Colorado Mesa (DII)

Cody Stashak

P St. John’s
Jason Castro C Stanford
Mitch Garver C New Mexico
C.J. Cron 1B Utah

Ryan LaMarre

OF Michigan
Ian Miller OF Wagner

LaMonte Wade Jr.

OF Maryland

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Los Angeles Dodgers

Walker Buehler was a 2014 College World Series champion at Vanderbilt as a sophomore. The righty earned one win in Omaha during the run, no-hitting UC Irvine in 5.1 shutout innings. 

Chris Taylor (Virginia) and Justin Turner (Cal State Fullerton) were named co-NLCS MVPs in 2017, the first of two straight pennants won by the Dodgers. Taylor had a .400 career batting average in NCAA tournament games, including a walk-off single in 2011 Super Regionals to send the Cavs to the CWS. From 2003-06, Turner was a key cog in the Titans’ lineup, finishing with a .328 career average.   

Walker Buehler P Vanderbilt
Dylan Floro P Cal State Fullerton

Tony Gonsolin

P St. Mary’s (CA)
Rich Hill Michigan
Joe Kelly P UC Riverside

Adam Kolarek

P Maryland

Josh Sborz

P Virginia

Ross Stripling

P Texas A&M
Austin Barnes C Arizona State
Will Smith  C  Louisville

Matt Beaty

1B Belmont
David Freese 1B South Alabama
Jedd Gyorko 3B West Virginia
Max Muncy 1B Baylor

Edwin Ríos

3B Florida International
Justin Turner 3B Cal State Fullerton
A.J. Pollock OF Notre Dame
Chris Taylor OF Virginia

Atlanta Braves

Like LA’s Buehler, Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson was a huge part of Vanderbilt’s run to the 2014 College World Series title. Swanson was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player with a .323 average, three doubles and five runs in Omaha. He was selected No. 1 overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015 after three seasons at Vandy.

Josh Donaldson was a catcher, along with third base, back in his playing days at Auburn (2005-07). As a sophomore, he led the Tigers with 10 homers while throwing out 15 of 38 attempted base stealers at catcher.

Jerry Blevins P Dayton
Grant Dayton P Auburn
Dallas Kuechel P Arkansas
Mark Melancon P Arizona
Sean Newcomb P Hartford

Darren O’Day

P Florida

Chad Sobotka

P South Carolina Upstate
Josh Tomlin P Texas Tech

Jeremy Walker

P Gardner-Webb
Kyle Wright P Vanderbilt
Josh Donaldson 3B Auburn
Dansby Swanson SS Vanderbilt
Adam Duvall OF Louisville
Matt Joyce OF Florida Southern (DII)
Nick Markakis OF Young Harris (DII)

St. Louis Cardinals

Paul Goldschmidt slugged 36 home runs and drove in 170 RBIs in three years at Texas State, both program records. Thirty-five of those homers came in his latter two seasons. In 2015, Goldschmidt became the first former Texas State baseball player to have his number retired.

First-time 2019 MLB All-Star Paul DeJong was a fixture all around the diamond for Illinois State from 2013-15. The Cardinals shortstop split time at shortstop, second base, third base, catcher and right field after redshirting his 2012 freshman season. In 2014, he led the MVC with 14 homers.


John Brebbia

P Elon

Ryan Helsley

P Northeastern State (DII)

Dakota Hudson

P Mississippi State

Dominic Leone

P Clemson

Mike Mayers

P Mississippi

Miles Mikolas

P Nova Southeastern (DII)

Andrew Miller

P North Carolina

Daniel Ponce de Leon

P Embry-Riddle (DII)
Michael Wacha P Texas A&M

Tyler Webb

P South Carolina
Joe Hudson C Notre Dame

Andrew Knizner

C North Carolina State

Matt Wieters

C Georgia Tech
Matt Carpenter 3B TCU

Paul DeJong

SS Illinois State

Tommy Edman

SS Stanford

Paul Goldschmidt

1B Texas State

Kolten Wong

2B Hawaii

Harrison Bader

OF  Florida

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