The 2020 MLB World Series is set between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays. All together, 42 total players from the two teams’ 40-man rosters once played college baseball at NCAA schools.

Below is a full breakdown of where each former college baseball player on the Dodgers and Rays went to school. The list includes two College World Series champions and seven first-round draft picks.

Here’s some more NCAA-related notes to know heading into the 2020 World Series:

  • Of the 42 former NCAA student-athletes in the World Series, 37 different schools are represented. Cal State Fullerton, Louisville, Maryland, Mississippi State and Virginia all have two representatives each.
  • The SEC leads all conferences with eight representatives across the two teams. The next most came from the ACC (six), Big Ten (four) and Big West (three). Fifteen DI conferences are represented in all.
  • Four former Division II players and one from Division III are also on the 40-man rosters.
  • The two former CWS national champions in the mix are both Dodgers — ace Walker Buehler and taxi squad pitcher Josh Sborz. Before they were teammates, they went head-to-head in consecutive CWS finals, with Buehler’s Vanderbilt Commodores prevailing in 2014 and Sborz’s Virginia Cavaliers winning in 2015.
  • Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe and Dodgers reliever Adam Kolarek are the first Maryland Terrapins to reach the World Series since 1969. They’re the first Terps to go head-to-head in the Fall Classic since 1917.

The 2020 MLB World Series runs from Tuesday, Oct. 20 to Wednesday Oct. 28, if necessary. 

Tampa Bay Rays

Former Maryland Terrapin Brandon Lowe was the top hitter in the regular season for the top team in the American League. Lowe was named to the All-ACC third team as a redshirt freshman at Maryland in 2014 with a team-best .348 batting average and .464 on-base percentage. He had no drop-off in 2015, batting .331 with nine homers, 18 doubles and 53 RBIs.

Mike Brosseau went undrafted out of Oakland but has transformed into a postseason hero this year after hitting a go-ahead home run against the Yankees to send the Rays to the ALCS. At Oakland (2013-16), he was a two-time All-Horizon League first teamer with 20 career home runs.

Mike Zunino was Florida’s first-ever two-time All-American catcher, finishing his Gators career with a .327 batting average and 47 home runs. He led UF to the CWS finals in 2011. This postseason, Zunino has four home runs heading into the World Series.

The Rays have plenty of talent in their bullpen, including a few former college arms. John Curtiss had 11 saves at Texas in two years. Peter Fairbanks posted a 3.40 ERA with 79 strikeouts for Missouri in 2015 before being selected in the ninth round. Shane McClanahan, who made his MLB debut in this year’s ALDS, ended his time at USF in 2018 with two straight 100-strikeout seasons.

Player Position College
Jalen Beeks P Arkansas
John Curtiss P Texas
Pete Fairbanks P Missouri
Josh Fleming P Webster (DIII)
Andrew Kittredge P Washington
Aaron Loup P Tulane
Shane McClanahan P South Florida
Brendan McKay P Louisville
Colin Poche P Dallas Baptist
Trevor Richards P Drury (DII)
Aaron Slegers P Indiana
Ryan Thompson P Campbell
Ryan Yarbrough P Old Dominion
Kevan Smith C Pittsburgh
Mike Zunino C Florida
Mike Brosseau 3B Oakland
Brandon Lowe 2B Maryland
Nate Lowe 1B Mississippi State
Brian O’Grady 1B Rutgers
Joey Wendle 2B West Chester (Pa.) (DII)
Hunter Renfroe LF Mississippi State

Los Angeles Dodgers


Former Louisville Cardinal Will Smith has blossomed into one of the top offensive catchers in his second year with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Smith slashed .291/.392/.410 in his three years at Louisville and was named to the 2016 All-ACC third team and Louisville Regional all-tournament team.

Reliever Blake Treinen transferred from Arkansas, where he was denied a walk-on opportunity, to South Dakota State where he played from 2010-11. He started 13 games for SDSU as a senior, going 7-3 with a 3.00 ERA and two complete games. 

Justin Turner, a 2017 All-Star and NLCS MVP, reached the College World Series with Cal State Fullerton as a freshman in 2003 and hit his first college homer in Omaha. He followed that up with two more standout seasons that included 53 multi-hit games.

Walker Buehler won the national title as a sophomore at Vanderbilt in 2014, going 12-2 with one win coming in the CWS. He went 5-2 the next year in Vandy’s runner-up finish before being drafted 24th overall in the 2015 MLB Draft.

Player Position College
Scott Alexander P Sonoma State (DII)
Walker Buehler P Vanderbilt
Dylan Floro P Cal State Fullerton
Tony Gonsolin P St. Mary’s (CA)
Joe Kelly P UC Riverside
Adam Kolarek P Maryland
Jimmy Nelson P Alabama
Josh Sborz P Virginia
Blake Treinen P South Dakota State
Mitch White P Santa Clara
Alex Wood P Georgia
Austin Barnes C Arizona State
Will Smith C Louisville
Matt Beaty 1B Belmont
Zach McKinstry 2B Central Michigan
Max Muncy 1B Baylor
Edwin Ríos 3B Florida International
Justin Turner 3B Cal State Fullerton
AJ Pollock CF Notre Dame
Luke Raley RF Lake Erie (DII)
Chris Taylor LF Virginia

Overall, 296 former NCAA baseball players, 159 different NCAA schools, 28 DI conferences and all three divisions were represented on this year’s original 16 playoff teams. Below is a full breakdown of the colleges and conferences with the most players who participated in the 2020 MLB postseason.

Note: This includes all players listed on each team’s official 40-man roster, who are eligible for the 28-man active roster that will be determined before each round of the playoffs. 

To skip ahead to see every former NCAA student-athlete from the other 2020 MLB playoff qualifiers, click on the following links: Astros | Athletics | Blue Jays | Indians | Twins | White Sox | Yankees | Braves | Brewers | Cardinals | Cubs | Marlins | Padres | Reds

Colleges with the most players in the 2020 MLB playoffs

Cal State Fullerton 8 Big West
Vanderbilt 8 SEC
Florida 7 SEC
Louisville 7 ACC
Mississippi State 7 SEC
Stanford 6 Pac-12
Arkansas 6 SEC
North Carolina 5 ACC
Oklahoma 5 Big 12
Texas A&M 5 SEC
USC 5 Pac-12
Auburn 4 SEC
Kent State 4 MAC
Oregon State 4 Pac-12
South Carolina 4 SEC
UCLA 4 Pac-12
Alabama 3 SEC
Arizona State 3 Pac-12
Baylor 3 Big 12
California 3 Pac-12
Dallas Baptist 3 MVC
Fresno State 3 MWC
Hawaii 3 Big West
Indiana 3 Big Ten
Maryland 3 Big Ten
Miami (Fla.) 3 ACC
Notre Dame 3 ACC
Ole Miss 3 SEC
Pittsburgh 3 ACC
Saint Mary’s (CA) 3 WCC
St. John’s (NY) 3 Big East
Tennessee 3 SEC
Texas 3 Big 12
Virginia 3 ACC
Washington 3 Pac-12
Clemson 2 ACC
Florida State 2 ACC
Georgia 2 SEC
Gonzaga 2 WCC
Harvard 2 Ivy
Houston 2 AAC
Indiana State 2 MVC
Kentucky 2 SEC
Lipscomb 2 ASUN
Michigan 2 Big Ten
Missouri State 2 MVC
New Mexico 2 MWC
North Carolina State 2 ACC
Northeastern 2 CAA
Nova Southeastern  2 DII
Old Dominion 2 C-USA
Princeton 2 Ivy
Purdue 2 Big Ten
San Diego State 2 MWC
San Francisco 2 WCC
South Dakota State 2 Summit
South Florida 2 AAC
Texas Tech 2 Big 12
UC Davis 2 Big West
UConn 2 Big East
Akron 1 MAC
Alderson Broaddus (DII) 1 DII
Arizona 1 Pac-12
Ball State 1 MAC
Belmont 1 OVC
Belmont Abbey (DII) 1 DII
Boston College 1 ACC
Bowling Green 1 MAC
Bradley 1 MVC
Bryant 1 Northeast
Cal Baptist 1 WAC
Cal Poly 1 Big West
Cal State East Bay  1 DII
Campbell 1 Big South
Central Arkansas 1 Southland
Central Michigan 1 MAC
Charleston 1 CAA
Charleston Southern 1 Big South
Cincinnati 1 AAC
Coastal Carolina 1 Sun Belt
Colorado Mesa  1 DII
Creighton 1 Big East
Dartmouth 1 Ivy
Dayton 1 Atlantic 10
Dixie State  1 DII
Drury (DII) 1 DII
Eastern Mennonite  1 DIII
Eastern Michigan 1 MAC
Elon 1 CAA
Embry-Riddle  1 DII
Florida Atlantic 1 C-USA
Florida Gulf Coast 1 ASUN
Florida International 1 C-USA
Florida Southern  1 DII
Florida Tech  1 DII
Gardner-Webb 1 Big South
Georgia Tech 1 ACC
Hartford 1 America East
High Point 1 Big South
Illinois 1 Big Ten
Illinois State 1 MVC
Jacksonville 1 ASUN
Kansas State 1 Big 12
Lafayette 1 Patriot
Lake Erie 1 DII
LIU Brooklyn 1 Northeast
Long Beach State 1 Big West
Louisiana Tech 1 C-USA
Lynn  1 DII
McNeese State 1 Southland
Mercyhurst 1 DII
Missouri 1 SEC
Mount Olive 1 DII
Nebraska 1 Big Ten
New Mexico State 1 WAC
Northeastern State  1 DII
Northwestern 1 Big Ten
Oakland 1 Horizon
Oklahoma Baptist  1 DII
Oklahoma State 1 Big 12
Oral Roberts 1 Summit
Oregon 1 Pac-12
Rice 1 C-USA
Rutgers 1 Big Ten
Saint Louis 1 Atlantic 10
Sam Houston State 1 Southland
San Diego 1 WCC
Santa Clara 1 WCC
Seattle 1 WAC
Slippery Rock  1 DII
Sonoma State  1 DII
South Carolina – Upstate 1 Big South
Southeast Missouri State 1 OVC
Southeastern Louisiana 1 Southland
Southern 1 SWAC
Stony Brook 1 America East
TCU 1 Big 12
Tennessee-Martin 1 OVC
Texas State 1 Sun Belt
Texas-Arlington 1 Sun Belt
Tulane 1 AAC
UC Irvine 1 Big West
UC Riverside 1 Big West
UC Santa Barbara 1 Big West
UMass Lowell 1 America East
UNC Wilmington 1 CAA
VCU 1 Atlantic 10
Virginia Tech 1 ACC
Wayne State (MI) 1 DII
Webster  1 DIII
West Chester (Pa.)  1 DII
West Virginia 1 Big 12
Wichita State 1 AAC
Wisconsin-Stevens Point 1 DIII
Wright State 1 Horizon
Young Harris 1 DII

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Conferences with the most players in the 2020 MLB playoffs

SEC 58
ACC 33
Pac-12 30
Division II 22
Big West 18
Big 12 17
Big Ten 14
Big East 6
Big South 5
Ivy 5
Southland 4
Division III 3
America East 3
Atlantic 10 3
Summit 3
Sun Belt 3
Horizon 2
Northeast 2
Patriot 1

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American League playoff teams

Houston Astros

Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, a two-time All-Star and the 2019 AL MVP runner-up, wrapped up his LSU career (2013-15) with 56 doubles (eighth in program history) and a .337 career batting average. The Tigers made the College World Series his freshman and junior years.

UConn product George Springer, MVP of the 2017 World Series, was a two-time All-Big East first team selection and the 2011 Big East Player of the Year. He became the Huskies’ highest-drafted player in program history when he was taken 11th overall in the 2011 MLB Draft.

Player Position College
Brandon Bailey P Gonzaga
Joe Biagini P UC Davis
Brandon Bielak P Notre Dame
Chris Devenski P Cal State Fullerton
Austin Pruitt P Houston
Brooks Raley P Texas A&M
Andre Scrubb P High Point
Cy Sneed P Dallas Baptist
Justin Verlander P Old Dominion
Dustin Garneau C Cal State Fullerton
Garrett Stubbs C USC
Alex Bregman 3B LSU
Taylor Jones 1B Gonzaga
Jack Mayfield 2B Oklahoma
George Springer RF UConn

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Oakland Athletics


Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien finished third in AL MVP voting in 2019 and had seven homers in 53 games this season. He broke out as a sophomore at Cal in 2010, when he batted .328 with 17 doubles and 34 RBIs.

Left-hander Sean Manaea is third on Indiana State’s all-time strikeouts list with 290 in his three-year career. As a junior in 2013, Manaea posted a school-record 1.47 ERA and averaged 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings.

Player Position College
Chris Bassitt P Akron
Mike Fiers P Nova Southeastern (DII)
Daulton Jefferies P California
James Kaprielian P UCLA
Sean Manaea P Indiana State
Mike Minor P Vanderbilt
A.J. Puk P Florida
Burch Smith P Oklahoma
Lou Trivino P Slippery Rock (DII)
Austin Allen C Florida Tech (DII)
Sean Murphy C Wright State
Matt Chapman 3B Cal State Fullerton
Tommy La Stella 2B Coastal Carolina
Jake Lamb 3B Washington
Vimael Machín 2B VCU
Sheldon Neuse 3B Oklahoma
Nate Orf 2B Baylor
Marcus Semien SS California
Skye Bolt RF North Carolina
Mark Canha OF California
Khris Davis LF Cal State Fullerton
Tony Kemp CF Vanderbilt
Chad Pinder LF Virginia Tech
Stephen Piscotty RF Stanford

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Toronto Blue Jays


Second-year star Cavan Biggio, son of Baseball Hall of Famer Craig, is one key part of Toronto’s young nucleus of offensive talent. From 2014-16, Biggio had a .272/.406/.425 slash line with 42 multi-hit games in 167 appearances for Notre Dame. 

Rookie Thomas Hatch was a reliable arm in the Blue Jays’ bullpen this year, posting a 2.73 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 26.1 innings. Hatch led Oklahoma State to the 2016 CWS as a starter, finishing his redshirt sophomore season 9-3 with a 2.14 ERA.

Player Position College
Chase Anderson P Oklahoma
Anthony Bass P Wayne State (MI) (DII)
Thomas Hatch P Oklahoma State
Anthony Kay P UConn
Julian Merryweather P Oklahoma Baptist (DII)
Tanner Roark P Illinois
Jordan Romano P Oral Roberts
Matt Shoemaker P Eastern Michigan
Ross Stripling P Texas A&M
Trent Thornton P North Carolina
Jacob Waguespack P Ole Miss
T.J. Zeuch P Pittsburgh
Cavan Biggio 2B Notre Dame
Joe Panik 2B St. John’s (NY)
Travis Shaw 3B Kent State
Jonathan Davis CF Central Arkansas
Derek Fisher RF Virginia

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Cleveland Indians