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Update on FAU Baseball Players in the Pros

Feb. 22, 2017

BOCA RATON, Fla. - With pitchers and catchers reporting to their respective Spring Training sites in Arizona and Florida, a number of former Florida Atlantic University baseball players continue to make their dreams of the big leagues closer to reality.

All told, there are 13 players in minor league or MLB camps, and three more playing independent baseball. Righthanded pitcher Ryan Garton is the only former Owl currently on a franchise's 40-man roster, with the Tampa Bay Rays, battling for a bullpen slot on the Opening Day roster. Three more pitchers - R.J. Alvarez, Jeff Beliveau and Austin Gomber - are non-roster invitees with their organizations, and are part of the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals' big league camps, respectively.

Additionally, nine more former Owls, five drafted last season and four the year prior, are taking part in the minor league portions of Spring Training for seven different organizations. All information on them and the remainder of the pro Owls is below, with 2016 statistics and more if applicable: 

IN MAJOR LEAGUE CAMP, ON 40-MAN ROSTER

      Ryan Garton (RHP) - Tampa Bay Rays

  • From Clearwater, Florida
  • 34th round pick in 2012
  • 2016: MLB, Tampa Bay Rays, pitched 37 games with a 4.35 ERA
  • In MLB camp with the Rays - Port Charlotte, Florida

IN MAJOR LEAGUE CAMP AS A NON-ROSTER INVITEE

      R.J. Alvarez (RHP) - Texas Rangers

  • From West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 3rd round pick in 2012 of Los Angeles Angels
  • 2016: High A, Stockton Ports (two games) / AA, Tennessee Smokies (20 games) / AAA, Nashville Sounds (one game)
  • 2015: MLB, Oakland A's (21 games)
  • 2014: MLB, San Diego Padres - 1.13 ERA (10 games)
  • Non-roster invitee to Spring Training - Surprise, Arizona


Jeff Beliveau (LHP) - Toronto Blue Jays

  • From Providence, Rhode Island
  • 18th round pick in 2008 by Chicago Cubs
  • 2016 (With Baltimore organization): High A, Frederick Keys - 2.40 ERA / AA, Bowie Baysox - 3.86 ERA (4 games)
  • 2015: MLB, Tampa Bay Rays (5 games)
  • 2014: MLB, Tampa Bay Rays - 2.63 ERA (30 games)
  • Has pitched 58 career games in the majors
  • Non-roster invitee to Spring Training - Port Charlotte, Florida


Austin Gomber (LHP) - St. Louis Cardinals

  • From Winter Garden, Florida
  • 4th round pick in 2014
  • 2016: High A, Palm Beach Cardinals - 2.93 ERA / AA, Springfield Cardinals - 1.40 ERA (pitched 4 games, gave up 11 hits in 19 1/3 IP)
  • Pitched in Arizona Fall League, 5-1 with 2.14 ERA in league-leading 33 2/3 IP
  • Non-Roster Invitee to Spring Training - Jupiter, Florida

 

IN MINOR LEAGUE CAMP 

CLASS OF 2016: 

CJ Chatham (SS) - Boston Red Sox

  • From Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 2nd round pick in 2016 (51st overall)
  • 2016: Class A short season, Lowell Spinners - .259 avg., .426 slugging / Rookie, GCL Red Sox (8 games)
  • Spring Training - Fort Myers, Florida

David McKay (RHP) - Kansas City Royals

  • From Melbourne, Florida
  • 14th round pick in 2016
  • 2016: Rookie, Burlington Royals - 2.64 ERA
  • Spring Training - Surprise, Arizona

Colyn O'Connell (RHP) - Detroit Tigers

  • From Dunedin, Florida
  • 26th round pick in 2016
  • 2016: Rookie, GCL Tigers - 3.90 ERA
  • Spring Training - Lakeland, Florida

Robbie Coursel (RHP) - Pittsburgh Pirates

  • From Michigan City, Indiana
  • 26th round pick in 2016
  • 2016: Rookie, Bristol Pirates - 4.26 ERA
  • Spring Training - Bradenton, Florida

Billy Endris (OF) - Arizona Diamondbacks

  • From Tampa, Florida
  • 35th round pick in 2016
  • 2016: Rookie, Missoula Osprey - .236 avg. / Class A short season, Hillsboro Hops - .267 avg. (four games)
  • Spring Training - Scottsdale, Arizona

CLASS OF 2015: 

Brendon Sanger (2B) - Los Angeles Angels

  • From York, Pennsylvania
  • 4th round pick in 2015
  • 2016: Low A, Burlington Bees - .230 avg.
  • Spring Training - Tempe, Arizona

Roman Collins (OF) - Kansas City Royals

  • From Maple Grove, Minnesota
  • 5th round pick in 2015
  • 2016: Low A, Wilmington Blue Rocks - .222 avg. / High A, Lexington Legends - .246 avg.
  • Played in Australian Baseball League - .336 avg. (third in league)
  • Spring Training - Surprise, Arizona

 

Seth McGarry (RHP) - Pittsburgh Pirates

  • From St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 8th round pick in 2015
  • 2016: Low A, West Virginia Power - 3.83 ERA
  • Spring Training - Bradenton, Florida

 

Kyle Miller (RHP) - Chicago Cubs

  • From Fort Myers, Florida
  • 19th round pick in 2015
  • 2016: Low A, South Bend Cubs - 2.57 ERA
  • Spring Training - Mesa, Arizona

 

INDEPENDENT BALL

  • Jake Meiers, RHP
  • Mark Nelson, 3B
  • Jeremy Strawn, RHP
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