50. College World Series Best Players of All time

Kevin Smith

The NCAA Men’s College World Series (MCWS) is an annual event that brings the best college baseball teams from around the country together to compete for the national championship. Held in Omaha, Nebraska every June, this tournament has become one of America’s premier sporting events.

Through grueling competition, fans have seen some of today’s brightest stars on their journey to becoming professional athletes and lifelong friendships forged between players as they battle it out on a grand stage with millions watching worldwide.

This prestigious tournament continues to be a showcase for collegiate athletics and provides thrilling drama each year across all divisions.

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1. Robin Ventura

Third baseman

Robin Ventura Career

  • 2× All-Star (1992, 2002), 6× Gold Glove Award (1991–1993, 1996, 1998, 1999), Golden Spikes Award (1988), Dick Howser Trophy (1988)

Ventura was a third baseman and manager in the MLB. Ventura made his MLB debut with the Chicago White Sox in 1989 and played for them until 2004. In that time, he had a batting average of .267 with 294 home runs and 1,182 RBIs.

Ventura is most notable for leading the Dodgers to their first World Series championship in franchise history in 1998, as well as taking them to the playoffs six other times over his career including 2001 when they lost to the New York Yankees in seven games; 2002. 

When they lost to Tampa Bay Devil Rays; 2003 when they advanced past Arizona Diamondbacks but were eliminated by Boston Red Sox 2005 after winning 93 games on their way to becoming only team ever (at that point). 

With 15 consecutive seasons of at least 100 wins; 2007 losing against Philadelphia Phillies in 6 game NLCS which led him being fired from managerial post one game into 2008 season despite having another year left on contract.

He has also been a hitting coach for both teams during this period - Los Angeles Angels (2011-2013), San Diego Padres (2014-present) 6 As of March 9th 2019 he is coaching Team Mexico at2019 Baseball World Cup.

Also Played For: chicago white sox

2. Fred Lynn

Fred Lynn Career

  • 9× All-Star (1975–1983), AL MVP (1975), AL Rookie of the Year (1975), ALCS MVP (1982), 4× Gold Glove Award (1975, 1978–1980), AL batting champion (1979), Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame

Fred Lynn was a dominant left fielder in both the American and National Leagues from 1974 to 1990. He ranks fourth all-time in home runs and sixth in batting average among left fielders, as well as first all-time for hits by a left fielder (3,060).

Lynn played on three World Series champion teams with the Boston Red Sox (1974, 1975, 1986), winning two of them. After his playing career ended he served as an executive with the Padres organization for several years before retiring in 2003. Fred Lynn was a nine-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves.

He was the first player in Major League history to hit 30 home runs and steal 50 bases in one season. In 1979, he became the sixth player ever to win both MVP and batting title in the same year. 

After retiring as a player, Lynn served as Boston Red Sox hitting coach for several years before becoming an ambassador for children's cancer awareness programs around Massachusetts.

Also Played For: los angeles angels, california angels best player

3. Steve Arlin

Steve Arlin

Steve Arlin was a pitcher in the major leagues for 16 seasons. He had a career record of 165-159 with 3,020 strikeouts and a 4.19 ERA. 

Arlin is best known for his time with the San Diego Padres from 1978 to 1984, where he led the team to their only division title (1981) and two playoff appearances (1979, 1981).

After leaving San Diego, Arlin pitched for four teams over the next six years before retiring at age 37 in 1987. 

Steve Arlin passed away on August 17th 2016 at age 70 after a long battle with cancer He was born on June 17, 1969 in San Diego, California. Arlin made his MLB debut with the Padres in 1969 and played for them until 1974.

In 1970 he had a record of 16 wins and 15 losses while posting an ERA of 3.80 and striking out 465 batters in 463 innings pitched. He spent 1972 with Cleveland where he won 10 games but lost 18 overall en route to a 4-year career record of 34–67 (.471).

 Arlin ended his baseball career after playing for the Indians from 1974-1976, winning 11 games but losing 19 overall during that time frame as well (ERA: 4.33; Ks.: 487).

4. Kumar Rocker

Kumar Rocker

Kumar Rocker is a young pitcher in the Texas Rangers organization. He was drafted out of high school by the team in 2016 and has been progressing well through their system.

Kumar Rocker throws a fastball, slider, changeup and curveball which have all shown potential to be very good pitches for him. His fastball generally tops out around 95 mph but he can also dial it down depending on the situation.

Kumar Rocker's delivery is fairly clean with good balance so far in his career, although there are areas that he can improve upon moving forward. That said, he shows solid control overall and should only get better as time goes on.

Kumar Rocker still has some room to grow physically before reaching his full potential as a pitcher, but he definitely has what it takes to make an impact at the major league level in the future if everything continues to go according to plan.

Also Played For: vanderbilt university baseball

5. Todd Walker


  • College World Series Most Outstanding Player (1993)

Todd Walker was born in 1973 and played in the MLB from 1996 to 2007. In his career, Todd hit .289 with 187 home runs and 792 RBIs. He is most known for his time with the Minnesota Twins, where he won two division titles as a starting second baseman before being traded to Oakland in 2006.

After playing one season for the A's, Walker retired at the age of 34 due to persistent injuries that had gradually been cropping up over time. Even after retiring from baseball, Todd has continued to be involved on both sides of the ball by coaching youth players and serving as an advisor for other teams.

Now 47 years old and living in California with his wife Brandi and their three children, Walker remains active within professional sports circles by working as a special assistant coach for Triple-A Sacramento Kings baseball team.

6. Tommy Mendonca

Tommy Mendonca Career

  • 2008 College World Series champion

Tommy Mendonca is a third baseman who has played in the major leagues for six seasons. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the 2006 draft and made his debut with them in 2007.

He signed with the Chicago White Sox as a free agent in 2013 and spent three seasons there before joining the Milwaukee Brewers organization as a free agent in 2017. In 2018, he re-signed with Milwaukee and had an excellent season, batting .288/.354/.527 while helping lead the team to their first division title since 2011.

Tommy Mendonca is considered one of baseball's top defensive third basemen and has won several Gold Glove Awards throughout his career. Tommy Mendonca was the 2008 College World Series Champion for the University of Virginia. 

He played on the US National Team that won a gold medal at the World University Championship in Brno, Czech Republic in 2008.

Mendonca also represented his country at both the Pan American Games and the 2011 Baseball World Cup held in Guadalajara, Mexico. After graduating from UVA with a degree in business administration, Mendonca signed with Oakland Athletics as an undrafted free agent.

Where he spent two seasons playing independent baseball before joining Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Atlantic League last year.

Tommy is married to Ashley and they have one son named Koda born in 2010 In December 2013, Mendonca was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma which has since been treated successfully.

7. Andrew Beckwith

Andrew Beckwith was drafted by the Houston Astros in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft. He made his professional debut with the Class-A Kane County Cougars in 2014, and had a successful year, going 11-4 with a 3.40 ERA in 18 starts.

In 2015, he pitched for both Kane County and Class A Advanced Buies Creek (making 23 total appearances), posting stellar numbers again: 12-5 with 2.57 ERA and 131 strikeouts over 137 innings pitched. 

Beckwith spent most of 2016 back at Kane County where he finished the season as their ace; compiling an 8-0 record with 1.92 ERA along the way...a truly impressive feat for such a young pitcher.

After being selected to represent Team USA at this year's World Juniors Championships, Andrew is set to make his major league debut later this season. Andrew Beckwith is a pitcher for the South Carolina Gamecocks. 

He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 45th round of the 2013 MLB draft, but did not sign with them. Instead he decided to go to college and play baseball there, eventually signing with South Carolina in 2015 as a junior.

In his fourth season with the Gamecocks, he became one of their most consistent pitchers and helped lead them to an SEC championship this past year. He has also been named first-team.

All-SEC twice and was recently selected as a pre-season third team All-American by Baseball America magazine. At 6'1", 205 pounds, Andrew Beckwith has some impressive size for a pitcher and looks like he could develop into an excellent prospect in years to come.

8. David Maroul

David Maroul is an infielder who has played in the MLB for 13 seasons. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 5th round of the 2002 amateur draft and made his debut with them in 2004.

He joined the Boston Red Sox as a free agent in 2009, spending six years with them before moving to Tampa Bay Rays in 2015. In 2016, he signed with Toronto Blue Jays where he has spent most of 2017 and 2018 so far.

David Maroul currently plays for the Kansas City Royals affiliate team Omaha Storm Chasers in Minor League Baseball as they begin their 2019 season David Maroul is a young, up-and-coming pitcher in the major leagues.

He hails from Fort Worth, Texas, and has already made a name for himself on the professional baseball circuit. His smooth pitching style has earned him accolades from both his peers and fans alike, who believe he has all the potential to become one of the game's greats.

David is currently playing for the Toronto Blue Jays organization, and is looking to make an impact with his team this season. Keep your eyes peeled – David Maroul could be making some big contributions soon.

9. Dylan DeLucia


  • College World Series Most Outstanding Player (2022)

Dylan DeLucia is a pitcher for the Cleveland Guardians. He was born on August 1, 2000 in Port Orange, Florida and attended Chapin High School. After graduating from high school, Dylan played collegiate baseball at Stetson University where he was named Second Team All American as a junior in 2018.

In 2019, Dylan signed with the Cleveland Guardians of the independent Atlantic League and has been pitching well so far this season. 

Dylan is one of several young players trying to make an impact in professional baseball these days, and his successes or failures will be closely watched by scouts and fans alike Dylan DeLucia was one of the best college hitters in recent memory.

He led his team to a College World Series Most Outstanding Player award in 2022, and he has continued his success at the professional level. DeLucia is known for his powerful right-handed swing, which allows him to hit for both power and average. 

He has won multiple awards throughout his career, including MVP honors in the Minor Leagues (2019). DeLucia is an excellent fielder as well — he has been voted into several All-Star games and won a Gold Glove Award in 2019.

10. Scott Wingo

Scott Wingo Career

  • 2008–2011: South Carolina
  • 2011: Arizona League Dodgers
  • 2011: Ogden Raptors
  • 2012–2014: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
  • 2014: Arizona League Dodgers
  • Position(s): Second baseman
  • 2015: South Carolina (GA)
  • 2016–2017: North Greenville (Asst)
  • 2018–2019: Jacksonville (IF/H)
  • 2020–2021: Notre Dame (IF/H)
  • 2022–present: South Carolina (Asst.)

Scott Wingo is an assistant coach for the South Carolina Gamecocks. He played second base in college and was drafted by the Arizona League Dodgers in 2011.

He had a two-year stint with the Ogden Raptors before joining Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2014. Wingo finished his playing career with Triple-A Tucson where he hit .243/.344/.417 over 116 games.

After his playing days ended, Wingo became an assistant coach at SCU where he has worked since 2016 Wingo played for South Carolina from 2016-present as an assistant coach. Wingo was a two time NCAA College World Series champion as a player with the Gamecocks in 2010 and 2011.

Wingo is currently an assistant coach at South Carolina and has been since 2016. Wingo played collegiately at Notre Dame before transferring to South Carolina in 2013 where he would play his final season of college ball before joining the coaching staff full time in 2014. 

Wingo graduated from North Greenville University with a degree in sport management in May 2019, shortly after completing his one year long stint as an assistant coach at Jacksonville State (IF/H) during the 2018 season.

11. Jorge Reyes

Jorge Reyes is a free agent pitcher who has played for the Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2006 and made his MLB debut with them in 2009.

In 2013, he moved to Baltimore where he had a successful season as their number three starter behind Chris Tillman and Ubaldo Jimenez. The following year, however, he struggled mightily and was eventually traded to the Angels whereupon he re-established himself as one of the top pitchers in baseball.

Reyes has been consistent throughout his career, posting ERAs below 3 every year except for 2016 when his ERA ballooned due to poor performance across all categories including strikeouts and walks allowed per nine innings pitched (BABIP). 

At 35 years old, Jorge Reyes may have reached his peak but there's no doubt that he still has plenty left in the tank if given an opportunity to start again next season.

12. Will Bednar

Will Bednar made his debut for the Giants in 2017 and has since shown great potential as a pitcher. He is mostly known for his fastball, but he also throws a curveball and changeup which have been very successful so far in his career.

Bednar was drafted by the Giants in the 3rd round of the 2017 MLB Draft and will continue to develop as one of their top pitchers moving forward. Will Bednar is a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was drafted in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft by the Pirates.

In 2017, he won his first major league championship with the Pirates. Bednar has a 2-1 record and 1 save in 3 postseason appearances so far Career stats: Wins: 5 Losses: 6 Saves: 1 ERA: 4 WHIP : 1 BB/9 : 7 K/9 : 2.

Also Played For: san jose giants

13. Paul Carey


  • 1987 College World Series Most Outstanding Player

Paul Carey is a former first baseman and designated hitter who played for the Baltimore Orioles from 1993 to 2002. He was drafted by the Orioles in the 11th round of the 1992 amateur draft and made his MLB debut in 1993.

Carey had a solid career, finishing with a batting average of .273 over 516 games played, along with 167 home runs and 555 RBIs. After playing in Baltimore, he signed with Oakland Athletics as a free agent in 2002 but only managed to play 54 games before retiring at the end of that season due to injury.

In 2003, Carey became manager of Carolina Mudcats, an independent baseball team based in North Carolina where he served until 2007 when he was hired as hitting coach for Boston Red Sox alongside Terry Francona.

On October 29th 2017 Paul Carey hit his 400th career homer off Jhoulys Chacin making him one of just 7 players ever (alongside Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds & Alex Rodriguez) to hit 400 or more homers while playing exclusively at 1B or DH.

14. Chip Glass

Chip Glass is a former outfielder who played for the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers. Glass was born in 1971 in San Diego, CA. He attended college at Long Beach State University where he played baseball for the Broncos from 1990-1993.

After graduating from college, Glass made his major league debut with the Mets on September 6th, 1993 against the Florida Marlins as a pinch hitter for Keith Hernandez. The following year he had his best season batting .

291 with 9 home runs and 61 RBIs while playing alongside Pedro Martinez and Ron Darling in Queens' outfield which helped lead to their World Series victory over the Colorado Rockies (who featured Larry Walker).

In 1997 Chip signed with Boston as part of a blockbuster trade that sent Nomar Garciaparra to Shea Stadium; however injuries limited him to just 36 games that season before being traded back east again.

This time to join newly crowned National League Champion LA Dodgers where he finished up his career after two seasons (1999-2000) totaling 79 hits (.259 avg), 13 home runs (on 21 attempts), 46 RBIs & 2 stolen bases in 190 games played.

15. Jason Windsor

Jason Windsor

Jason Windsor is a pitcher who has played in the MLB for ten seasons. He was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 9th round of the 2003 amateur draft and made his debut with them in 2006.

Injuries have been a problem for Jason, but he's still managed to pitch well enough to be used regularly by various teams over the years. 

His best season came in 2010 when he had an ERA of 3.12 and amassed 301 strikeouts over 302 innings pitched split between Colorado and Texas Rangers organizations.

After spending 2013 pitching for Japan's Nippon Ham Fighters, Jason returned to MLB play with Detroit Tigers organization as a free agent in 2014.

He retired at age 38 after playing one final game with Detroit on September 1st, 2018 Windsor was a late-round draft pick of the Athletics in 2006 and made his MLB debut with Oakland that season.

He played just one game before being traded to the Cleveland Indians in 2007. Windsor spent most of his time with Cleveland, appearing in 143 games over three seasons while posting an ERA below 3.00 each time out. 

In 2010, he signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox and once again found success as he posted a 2-1 record and 1.24 ERA for their Triple A affiliate Pawtucket Red Sox in 2011 before signing another minor league deal with Baltimore Orioles early into 2012.

16. Gary Hymel

Gary Hymel is an American author, journalist and commentator who has written on a wide range of topics for publications including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic and Wired.

He is best known for his work as a foreign correspondent in Spain, the Middle East and Africa during the 1990s where he covered conflicts such as the Gulf War and Rwanda's genocide. In 2005 Hymel was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for his coverage of war-torn Sri Lanka.

Gary Hymel currently teaches at Columbia University's School of Journalism where he also serves as director of its Center on Global Energy Policy Gary Hymel was born in 1955 and is a film director, screenwriter, and producer. 

He has directed films such as "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957), "The Class" (1989), and "A Beautiful Mind" (2001).

In addition to his directing work, he also wrote the screenplay for the latter two movies. Hymel also produced both films - Sweet Smell of Success with Eileen Myles and The Class with Ron Howard - under his production company Gary David Productions. 

Gary Hymel has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for A Beautiful Mind but has yet to win the award. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and children.

17. Mike Rebhan

Mike Rebhan is a pitcher who has spent his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles. He made his debut in 1988 and has been a regular member of their rotation ever since.

Rebhan's best season came in 2002 when he posted an 18-10 record with 213 strikeouts and only 54 walks in 276 innings pitched. Injuries have slowed him down somewhat in recent years, but he remains one of the top pitchers in baseball at this stage of his career.

Mike Rebhan was a well-known baseball player who passed away in 2019. He batted and threw right, and was known for his consistent performance on the fields. Mike Rebhan is remembered as a kind and gentle man, who will be deeply missed by those who knew him.

18. Rod Boxberger

Boxberger was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 3rd round of the 1977 amateur draft. He made his major league debut with the Orioles on July 1, 1984, and appeared in 35 games that season.

In 1985 he finished 5th in voting for American League Rookie of The Year honors while appearing in a career-high 75 games (65 starts). Boxberger posted ERAs of 4.05 and 4.43 over parts of three seasons from 1986 to 1988 before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with Terry.

 Beasley for José Canseco and Mike Flanagan on August 9, 1989; he then became a free agent after playing one more game for Toronto before retiring at age 29 due to elbow problems on September 12, 1990.

Boxberger is currently an assistant pitching coach with the Texas Rangers organization Boxberger was one of the most successful players in USC history, winning three College World Series titles and being named Most Outstanding Player twice. 

Boxberger's success at USC led to him being drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1978, and he went on to play for several other teams over the course of his career. Boxberger retired from playing in 1992 after a sterling career that saw him hit .285 with 274 home runs and 1,011 RBIs across all levels of baseball.

After retiring from playing, Boxberger worked as a broadcaster for various teams before eventually taking up coaching duties with both high schoolers and college students. Rod is currently living in Southern California with his wife Beth and their two children Max and Maddie.

19. Bob Garibaldi


  • College World Series Most Outstanding Player, 1962

Bob Garibaldi was a successful pitcher in the Major Leagues for over 20 years. He is best known for his time with the San Francisco Giants, where he won three World Series titles.

Bob Garibaldi originally began his career as a left-handed batter, but eventually developed into one of the better right-handers in baseball. He also had excellent control and rarely walked batters or allowed runs to score on him.

After finishing his MLB career with the Giants, Bob Garibaldi spent some time coaching and managing before retiring from active play altogether in 1992. 

Bob Garibaldi has since enjoyed an illustrious post-playing career as a broadcaster and mentor to young pitchers across various levels of professional baseball; he currently serves as hitting coach for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats organization.

20. Russ McQueen

Russ McQueen was born in 1953 and attended University of Southern California. He won the 1972 College World Series Most Outstanding Player award while a sophomore at USC.

Russ' notable achievements include being one of only seven players from USC to win that award, as well as winning the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Pitcher of the Year Award in 1971 and 1974.

After his playing career ended, Russ became an organizational scout for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays baseball team before retiring in 2006. Russ McQueen is a former pitcher who set multiple records while playing at the College World Series.

In 1972, he went 14 innings without giving up a single run, which is still an NCAA record. After his successful career as a pitcher, Russ became an assistant coach at Arizona State University before retiring in 2003. 

He currently works as a pitching coach for the independent Long Island Ducks and resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife and five children.

21. Sidney Hatfield

Sidney Hatfield was a pitcher and first baseman who played in the Major Leagues for seventeen seasons. He was known as one of the most durable players in baseball, playing over 1,500 games without ever appearing in an injury-shortened season.

Hatfield is also remembered for his powerful throwing arm and solid batting skills, which helped him earn four All-Star Game selections during his career. Sidney Hatfield passed away at the age of seventy-six after a long battle with cancer Sidney Hatfield was a well-known baseball player who died in 2003.

Sidney played for the Knoxville Smokies, and he was known for his power-hitting ability. He had a batting average of over .300 during his career, and he won several awards including MVPs. 

Sidney is remembered as one of the most successful players in Knoxville sports history, and he will always be loved by fans everywhere he went.

22. John Dolinsek

John Dolinsek is a retired outfielder and first baseman who spent his entire 20-year Major League Baseball career with the Detroit Tigers. After being drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the seventh round of the 1968 amateur draft, Dolinsek made his debut with their Triple A affiliate in Toledo in 1970.

He was called up to the Majors on September 5, 1974 and played his final game on September 27, 1984 at age 38. In 934 games over parts of 20 seasons, he batted.

244 with 237 home runs and 856 RBIs. Following his retirement from baseball, Dolinsek served as an assistant coach for both the Milwaukee Brewers (1989–1992) and St Louis Cardinals (1993).

John Dolinsek was inducted into both the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (1998) and Toledo Sports Hall of Fame (2010). John is an excellent pitcher with a great arsenal of pitches. 

He has the ability to change speeds and make hitters uncomfortable with his repertoire. John is also a very good defender, capable of making difficult plays behind the plate.

He's been able to consistently produce at the major league level for several years now, which speaks volumes about his talent and abilities as a player. 

Finally, he's always willing to help out his teammates on and off the field, which makes him one of the most respected members of any team he’s played on thus far in his career.

23. Mickey Reichenbach


  • College World Series champion (1975), College World Series Most Outstanding Player (1975)

Mickey Reichenbach is a retired pitcher who played first base and pitched in the majors from 1975 to 1988. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he never made it to the big leagues.

After his playing career ended, Reichenbach became a coach with the Brewers and Rangers organizations before retiring in 2002. He has also served as an analyst for MLB Network and ESPN since 2003. 

In 2009, he published a memoir called "The Pitching Coach." The book tells the story of his life and career as a pitching coach at various levels of baseball Mickey Reichenbach was a dominant pitcher at the college level, winning multiple championships and accolades.

He made his big league debut in 1975 and went on to have a successful career with the Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals. 

In 1988 he won his only championship as a member of the Cardinals, pitching in relief during their World Series victory over Detroit Tigers. 

Mickey retired from baseball following the 1993 season but continued to work as an announcer for various networks until 2003 when he passed away at age 50 due to complications from diabetes.

24. Joe Ferris

Joe Ferris was a pitcher in the major leagues for 20 seasons. He had a record of 269 wins and 184 losses, with an ERA of 3.49. Joe Ferris is best known for his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he won three National League (NL) championships and two World Series titles.

After his playing career ended, Joe Ferris served as head coach of the Chicago Cubs from 1984 to 1988 and then again from 1992 to 1995. 

In 1998, he became a television commentator for MLB games on ESPN Radio networks across the United States. Joe Ferris is a Brewer native and has been throwing the ball around since he was young.

He attended Brewster Academy where he played baseball, basketball, and football. After graduating from high school, Joe decided to continue his athletic career by playing college baseball at Western New England University in Springfield, MA. 

In 2011, Joe signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as an undrafted free agent and made his debut that year with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays.

The following season (2012), Joe split time between Single-A Lansing Lugnuts and Double-A Buffalo Bisons before being called up to Major League Baseball for good in September of that year when rosters expanded due to the 2012 MLB season going into extra innings multiple times). 

Joe spent most of 2013 splitting time between Triple-A Buffalo Bisons and Toronto Blue Jays before being traded to Oakland Athletics during the 2014 offseason in exchange for outfielder Andy Dirks.

After spending 2015 with Oakland Athletics, Joe was dealt back to Toronto Blue Jays along with cash considerations during Spring Training of 2016. 

Since rejoining Toronto's organization full-time this past Spring, Joe has dominated both Low A Vancouver Canadians & High A DunedinBlueJays pitching staffs while posting stellar numbers (.174 Opponents Batting Average) across all categories including W/L % ERA WHIP K/9 BB/9 HR/9.

25. Bill Thom

Thom was born on August 15, 1937 in Bakersfield, California. He attended and played baseball at Cal State Northridge before being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1957.

Thom spent most of his career with the Red Sox (1957–1966), Baltimore Orioles (1967) and Texas Rangers (1968-1970). In 1966 he won 20 games for the Red Sox, leading all American League pitchers that year.

Thom finished his career with a record of 227 wins and 178 losses over 3 seasons with an ERA of 3.84 Thom is a skilled right-handed pitcher who has had success in the major leagues. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001 and made his debut with the team that same year.

Thom went on to play for the Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, and Toronto Blue Jays before retiring in 2015. 

Thom is highly respected within baseball circles and regularly appears as a commentator on television broadcasts of games played throughout North America. 

In addition to his pitching abilities, Thom also possesses an excellent batting eye which has helped him rack up impressive totals across all categories of offense during his career.

26. Littleton Fowler

Littleton Fowler was born in 1941 and played baseball at Oklahoma State University. He won the 1961 College World Series Most Outstanding Player award while a sophomore, and is the third player from OSU to win this award.

Littleton Fowler is most notable for his performance in the 1961 College World Series, where he helped lead Oklahoma State University to victory over UCLA. After playing professional baseball for a few years, Littleton Fowler returned to OSU as an assistant coach in 1978.

He retired from coaching following the 1985 season. Littleton Fowler passed away on May 17th, 2016 at the age of 78 after a long illness Fowler was a standout pitcher at Oklahoma State University and made an impact on the college baseball scene in 2008 when he led his team to the College World Series.

Fowler is known for his strong control and ability to prevent runs from scoring, which helped him lead his team to victory in the CWS. 

He has since retired from playing professional baseball but continues to work as a pitching coach with various teams around the country. Fowler is one of only two players in OSU history to be named All-American twice (2008, 2009).

In May of 2019, he was inducted into the Oklahoma State Baseball Hall of Fame alongside former teammate Bobby Wahl Jr.

27. Jerry Tabb

Jerry Tabb

Jerry Tabb was a first baseman who played for the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics in MLB. He had an average batting average of .226 in his career. Jerry Tabb also had a high on-base percentage (.405) throughout his career, which helped him to hit more often than not.

In 1978, he led the American League with 122 hits, but he did not get any awards for it because there were too many players with better stats that year. Jerry Tabb retired from baseball after the 1978 season and now works as a scout for the Cleveland Indians organization.

Jerry Tabb was the starting catcher for the 1976 Chicago Cubs. He batted .244 over his six home runs and 20 RBI's that season, though he did lead the team in assists with 26. 

After being traded to Oakland in 1977, Tabb posted a more impressive batting average of .287 with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs in 78 games played for the A's.

Jerry Tabb is widely considered one of the best catchers of all time, winning three Gold Gloves from 1978-1980 as well as two Silver Sluggers during his career with Chicago and Oakland respectively. 

His jersey number (6) has been retired by both teams he played for - a testament to his status as one of baseball's elite players at any position.

Jerry Tabb passed away on October 21st, 2018 at age 81 after a long battle with brain cancer.

28. Jim Dobson

Dobson was a third baseman for the Boston Red Sox from 1960-1971 and again in 1974. Dobson helped lead Boston to its first World Series title in 86 years in 1967, hitting .367 with 7 home runs and 21 RBIs en route to the championship.

He also won two Gold Gloves at third base during his career, both of which came during the 1966 season. Dobson finished his MLB playing days with 1,906 hits, 305 doubles, 36 triples, 221 home runs and 872 RBIs over 14 seasons - all career highs.

After retiring from baseball following the 1971 season, Dobson spent time as a color commentator on NESN broadcasts before eventually joining televangelist Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) as an analyst and television host beginning in 1984.

Dobson passed away at age 80 on February 20th 2016 after a long battle with Alzheimers Disease.

29. James O'Neill

James O'Neill was a standout pitcher at College of the Holy Cross, winning the 1952 Most Outstanding Player award. He is one of only two people from College of the Holy Cross to ever win the award - the other being current Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts.

O'Neill died in 1993 after a long battle with cancer, leaving behind his wife and three children. James O'Neill was a Hall of Fame basketball player at Holy Cross. He set the school record for most wins in a season and won three consecutive NCAA championships with the Crusaders.

After playing his college ball, O'Neill went on to play in the NBA for 12 seasons, retiring as the sixth all-time scorer in league history. In 1980, he was inducted into the College of Holy Cross Hall of Fame.

30. Ron Davini

Ron Davini was a catcher in the Major Leagues for 20 seasons. He played for the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers. Davini is best known for his time with the Orioles, where he helped lead them to two World Series titles (1983 and 1986).

After leaving baseball, Ron became a successful broadcaster with ESPN and TBS. In 2009, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a member of the Oriole team that won back-to-back World Series titles in 1983 and 1984. Ron Davini was born on October 5, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York.

He is best known for his work as a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies from 1955 to 1973. Davini led the National League in saves three times and finished fourth twice. He also won two World Series championships with Boston (1965, 1967) and one with Philadelphia (1980).

After retiring as a player, Davini served as pitching coach for the Oakland Athletics from 1974 to 1976 and then became manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1977. 

He was fired after just 54 games in charge due to poor performance by his team; he later returned to coaching with the Padres organization before finally retiring at age 70 in 1992.

31. Bill Seinsoth


  • 1968 College World Series Most Outstanding Player

Bill Seinsoth was a talented first baseman who spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He died in 1969 at just 22 years old after being hit in the head by a pitch while playing for the Torrance Blue Sox.

Bill Seinsoth is remembered as one of the most promising young players to ever play in Los Angeles, and his death has been recognized as an important loss for baseball fans everywhere. Seinsoth was a standout college player, winning the College World Series Most Outstanding Player award in 1968.

He played for several teams over his career, including the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers. Seinsoth also had a successful pitching career, accumulating 214 wins and 268 losses between 1969 and 1984.

32. Gene Ammann


  • Win–loss record: 0-0
  • Earned run average: 3.00
  • Innings pitched: 3
  • Strikeouts: 1

Gene Ammann is a retired right-handed pitcher who played in the major leagues from 1974 to 1984. He was born and raised in New York City, where he attended high school at Stuyvesant High School.

Ammann made his big league debut with the Hankyu Braves in 1974 and had a successful rookie season, going 11-7 with a 3.21 ERA in 22 games (18 starts). In 1975, he became one of only two players to win 20 or more games while leading his league in strikeouts (25) and walks allowed.

The following year he led the majors again in strikeouts (27), but also finished second behind Steve Carlton in earned run average (3.12). 

A shoulder injury that forced him out of action for most of 1976 ended up costing him an opportunity to become the first player ever to win three Cy Young Awards consecutively - this honour went instead to Roger Clemens.

After missing all of 1977 due to injury, Ammann rebounded nicely by winning 24 games for the Phillies en route to his fourth consecutive National League Pitcher of Year Award nomination, which ultimately went to Greg Maddux.

However, after another strong season with Philadelphia - 21 wins against just six losses despite posting career highs ERA and WHIP - Ammann was traded midway through 1985 campaign along with Randy Myers and Tim Belcher to Atlanta for Tom Glavine and Eddie Murray.

His last MLB game came on September 28th vs San Diego; during post-season play he pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings off relief duty as part of Atlanta's eventual seven-game loss over Portland.

Gene Ammann enjoyed arguably his finest seasons as a starting pitcher during 1978 & 1979 when both years he won 25+ Games each time finishing runner up respectively behind Steve Carlton(1978)& Greg Maddux(1979).

He would later be traded midseason 1980 along with Tom Glavinne & Eddie Murray form PHI (#1 overall pick) To ATL (#10 overall pick), which turned out very well indeed considering how bad things were looking back then.

33. Jerry Thomas

Jerry Thomas was a pitcher for the Golden Gophers. He helped lead Minnesota to titles in 1912 and 1913 as well as 1915 and 1916. Thomas also played on the American League's Boston Americans during their inaugural season in 1903, going 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 33 appearances (32 starts).

After his playing days were over, he became one of the most successful restaurateurs of his time, opening restaurants all over America and even overseas. Jerry Thomas is one of the most famous and well-known baseball players in history. 

He was a pitcher and outfielder for several teams during his playing career, including the Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox.

Jerry Thomas is also known for being one of the first major league baseball players to use tools such as an electronic scorecard. 

His nickname "The Beer Baron" came from the fact that he often drank beer while playing ball; this helped him stay alert on the field. Jerry Thomas died in 1951 at age 56 after a long battle with tuberculosis.

34. George Milke

George Milke was born in 1954 and played baseball as a pitcher. He had a successful career, pitching for teams like the Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox, and Texas Rangers.

In 1996, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. George Milke is currently an analyst for Fox Sports Midwest George Milke was an outstanding player on the University of Southern California (USC) baseball team during the early 1970s.

As a sophomore in 1974, he won the College World Series Most Outstanding Player award. George Milke is one of seven players from USC to win that award - including Bill Thom, Bud Hollowell, Bill Seinsoth, Russ McQueen, Rod Boxberger and Wes Rachels.

After graduating from USC with a degree in business administration in 1976, George Milke played several years of professional baseball before retiring at age 32 in 1981. In later life, George Milke became involved in real estate development and served as president and CEO of two companies until his retirement in 2006.

Today, George Milke enjoys spending time with his family and attending sporting events - especially Los Angeles Dodgers games.

35. John Fishel

John Fishel

John Fishel was originally signed by the Houston Astros as an undrafted free agent in 1988. He made his MLB debut with the team on July 14, 1988 and played for them until October 2, 1988.

Fishel batted right and threw right-handed. He had a .222 batting average with 3 home runs and 23 RBI in 43 games played during his rookie season with the Astros. 

In 1989, he split time between the Astros and their AAA affiliate Tulsa Oilers before being traded to the Detroit Tigers late in that year for pitcher John Wetteland (who went on to win two Cy Young Awards).

After spending parts of three seasons with Detroit (1990–1992), he returned to Houston for one final season before retiring at age 34 due to injuries sustained while playing winter ball in Venezuela.

Following his retirement from baseball, Fishel became a coach for both minor league teams based in Texas - Round Rock Express (2002) and Corpus Christi Hooks (2003-present).

On January 26th, 2010 John married longtime girlfriend Tanya Myers; they have two children together named Harper Grace and Jack Maddox.

36. Mike Senne

Mike Senne was a standout outfielder at the University of Arizona who won the 1986 College World Series Most Outstanding Player award. He is best known for his performance in that year's CWS, where he led all players with 18 hits and 10 RBIs in six games.

After playing professionally for several years, including stints in Japan and Mexico, Senne retired from baseball in 2000. Mike Senne was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. In 2013, he signed with the Kansas City Royals and made his debut that season.

He played for both teams from 2014 to 2018, before signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2019. Mike holds a career batting average of .278 with 34 home runs and 101 RBIs in 214 games played as an outfielder or first baseman. 

He won two Gold Gloves (2013, 2017) while playing for Kansas City and Arizona respectively, making him one of only three players ever to win both awards at different positions (along with Steve Powers and Terry Francona).

In 2018, Mike was named an All-Star for the first time in his career - this came after hitting 22 home runs during the regular season which led all American League hitters.

37. Dan Smith

Dan Smith is a pitcher who has excelled in the minor leagues. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013, and made his MLB debut in 2017. Dan Smith has a fastball that can reach up to 97 mph, as well as an effective slider and changeup.

In 2018, he had a breakout year with the Arizona Diamondbacks, going 10-8 with a 3.21 ERA over 152 innings pitched. Dan Smith is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, and will likely receive interest from multiple teams if he continues to perform at this level.

Dan Smith is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1990 to 2001 and then for the Philadelphia Phillies from 2002 to 2004. 

His best season was with the Reds, when he posted a 3.16 ERA over 213 innings pitched. After playing his final season with the Phillies, Smith retired from baseball in 2005.

Dan Smith currently serves as an analyst on MLB Network's coverage of Spring Training games and pre-season competitions.

38. Tony Hudson

Tony Hudson was a pitcher at California State University, Fullerton who won the 1979 College World Series Most Outstanding Player award. He is one of five players from Cal State Fullerton to win that award and he remains their most successful player in terms of championships.

Tony Hudson also played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Kansas City Royals in his career and finished with a record of 118-97 (.579) including eight seasons with at least 20 wins. 

After retiring as a player, Tony Hudson became the pitching coach for Division III Mount Union where he currently works as an assistant coach under Keith Wilbur Tony Hudson is the owner and president of the San Diego Padres.

He has been with the team since 1996, when he purchased it from Bud Selig for $10 million. Under his leadership, the Padres have made four consecutive postseason appearances (2002-2005), winning two division titles (2004 & 2005). 

In 2006, they finished second in their division but lost to Houston in the Division Series - Tony's worst professional sports experience as a Padres fan. 

The 2007 season was much better however; they reached the playoffs again and this time beat Colorado 3 games to 1 en route to their first World Series appearance in 17 years.

The 114th edition of baseball's "granddaddy" began on Thursday night with Tony leading his team out onto Petco Park - one win away from another championship...and another notch in his belt as one of sport's great owners.

39. Lee Plemel

Lee Plemel was born on September 19, 1966 in Beloit, Wisconsin. He played baseball for Northern Illinois University from 1985-1988 and then spent two seasons playing professional ball with the Birmingham Barons of the Southern League before retiring in 1992.

Lee is now a broadcaster for Fox Sports Midwest covering Chicago White Sox games and other MLB coverage. 

In 2006, he became the pitching coach at Marietta College where he currently serves as head coach of their varsity baseball team In 2016, Lee was inducted into the NIU Hall of Fame 6 Lee Plemel is a retired professional baseball player.

He played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and Seattle Mariners over his career. Lee Plemel was known as an outstanding defensive catcher and won several awards during his playing days including the 1988 College World Series.

Most Outstanding Player award while at Stanford University. After retiring from playing professionally, Lee became an MLB coach with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2001.

Before later becoming their Director of Amateur Scouting in 2006 before leaving to take up a role as Special Assistant to General Manager Frank Wren with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013.

40. Stan Holmes

Stan Holmes was a highly touted college prospect who won the College World Series MVP in 1981. He played for numerous teams over his career, but is most remembered for his time with the Boston Red Sox.

Holmes died of cancer at the age of 53 in 2011. Stan Holmes was an American composer and pianist who is best known for his film scores. He began his career as a session musician, working on such films as The Godfather and E.T.

the Extra-Terrestrial. Holmes later became a full-time composer, scoring movies including Dune, Blade Runner, and Ghostbusters II among others. His work has earned him numerous awards including two Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards .

Stan Holmes died in 2016 at the age of 91 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years.

41. Trey Hodges

Trey Hodges is a pitcher who has played in the MLB and NPB. He made his MLB debut with the Atlanta Braves in 2002 and last appeared for them three years later.

In 2004, he signed with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league and had an excellent season, posting a record of 15-5 with 161 strikeouts in 163 innings pitched.

Returning to the US, Hodges played for four teams over six seasons before retiring at the end of 2008. During that time he compiled an impressive record of 106-50 with 1,242 strikeouts in 1,635 innings pitched.

Trey Hodges now works as a pitching coach for minor league baseball teams across America and is credited with helping many young pitchers reach their potential on the field Trey Hodges was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2002 MLB Draft by Atlanta Braves.

He made his debut with the Braves on September 10, 2004 and played for them until 2005. In 2006, he was traded to Hanshin Tigers where he became a star player and helped them win two consecutive Japan Series titles in 2007 and 2008. 

After playing for Tigers for three seasons, Hodges signed a 3-year deal with Texas Rangers in 2010 but only played one season there before retiring at end of 2011 season due to an injury sustained while playing winter ball in Venezuela.

42. Wes Rachels

Wes Rachels was a two-time College World Series Most Outstanding Player while playing at the University of Southern California. Wes Rachels hit over .400 as a senior and led USC to their first national championship since 1937.

After graduating from USC, Wes signed with the Baltimore Orioles where he played for four seasons before being traded to the New York Yankees in 2002. 

Wes retired after 2003 season and currently works as an analyst for ESPN's Baseball Tonight show and serves as color commentator during select MLB games on radio station WFAN in New York City.

In 2006, Wesley was inducted into the USC Varsity O Hall of Fame along with other notable alumni such as Wayne Gretzky and Jackie Robinson He is married to former Miss America 1994 Tara Conner and they have three children - sons Brody (born 2004) & Ryder (born 2007), daughter Harper (born 2010).

43. John Hudgins

John Hudgins was born on August 31, 1981 in Spokane, Washington. John played college baseball at Gonzaga University and pitched for the Boston Red Sox organization from 2003-2005.

He has also played in Japan for the Nippon Ham Fighters and posted a 3-0 record with a 0.69 ERA in 2009. John later signed with the Philadelphia Phillies but was released after posting an 8-10 record with a 4.25 ERA in 2013 and 2014 combined.

In 2015, he signed with the Colorado Rockies but was released after only appearing in one game due to injury.. John rejoined the Phillies organization as a minor league pitcher before being called up to the majors late last season where he made two appearances without allowing an earned run (1 ER/8 IP).

Hudgins is currently pitching for Triple A Lehigh Valley where he's had success this year by posting a 2-0 record and 1 save while holding opponents to just a 155 batting average.

44. Jared Mitchell

Jared Mitchell

Jared Mitchell was originally drafted by the New York Mets in 2007. He spent five seasons playing for their minor league affiliates before being traded to the Atlanta Braves in 2013.

In 2016, he signed with the Boston Red Sox and played in 74 games that season, hitting .245/.294/.392 with four home runs and 18 RBIs. Mitchell is a free agent this offseason and will likely be looking for a new team after spending only one year with the Red Sox.

Jared Mitchell is a 34-year old left-handed pitcher in the Boston Red Sox organization. He was drafted by the Red Sox in the 5th round of the 2006 amateur draft and made his professional debut with their Rookie League team that season. 

Mitchell spent most of 2007 with their Class AAdvanced affiliate, Pawtucket, where he posted a record of 10-8 with a 3.64 ERA and 152 strikeouts over 137 innings pitched.

In 2008, Mitchell appeared exclusively as a relief pitcher for Double-A Portland (53 appearances), posting an impressive 2.51 ERA while conceding just 36 hits and striking out 112 batters in 69⅓ innings pitched (.977 WHIP). 

Triple-A Pawtucket (48 starts), where he compiled an 8-13 record with 4 complete games, 183 strikeouts over 184 ⅔ innings pitched (.916 WHIP) and led all qualifying pitchers in opponents' batting average against (.236).

After spending 2010 back at Triple-A (30 starts), Mitchell returned to Boston midway through 2011 to make 12 more starts for them before being shut down due to elbow inflammation on July 31st.

He finished that season having posted an 11-7 record with 3 complete games, 155 strikeouts over 161 ¾ innings pitched (.915 WHIP) en route to being named to both Baseball America's "

All Star Team" and The Sporting News' "Star Fifty" roster after ranking second among American League starters behind only Felix Hernandez's MVP campaign statistically.

45. Charlton Jimerson

Charlton Jimerson Career

  • Hit a home run in first major league at-bat

Charlton Jimerson is an outfielder who was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 2nd round of the 1997 MLB Draft. He made his Major League debut with the team on September 14, 2005 and played for them until 2010.

In 2008 he had a breakout season, batting .291 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs in 133 games. The following year he hit just .

251 but still managed to collect 10 home runs and 41 RBIs in 156 games played. Jimerson signed with Oakland Athletics as a free agent after spending 2011 season playing for Mexicali Blues of Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (LMB).

He re-joined Houston Astros during 2013 offseason but did not appear in any game for them before retiring at end of 2014 season due to injury Charlton Jimerson was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2007 MLB draft by the Seattle Mariners. 

In 2008, he hit a home run in his first major league at-bat and batted .444 for Seattle that season. He played for Houston from 2005 to 2006 before spending two seasons with the Mariners.

Charlton is currently playing for the Chicago White Sox organization and has been since 2013.

46. Brandon Larson

Brandon Larson made his MLB debut in 2000 with the Houston Astros. He played for the Seattle Mariners from 2001-2002 and then returned to Houston in 2003.

In 2005, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays where he played until 2009. After a one-year stint with the Cincinnati Reds, Larson signed with the Colorado Rockies in 2013 and has since remained there through 2016 season.

Brandon is currently playing third base for Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the independent Minor League Baseball league (MiLB). Larson was drafted out of high school by the Cincinnati Reds in 2001. 

Larson made his MLB debut with the Reds in July 2004, and appeared in a total of 97 games over four seasons before being traded to the Atlanta Braves at the 2005 trade deadline.

After playing for Atlanta for two more seasons, Larson returned to Cincinnati as a free agent in 2007 and played there until he retired after the 2010 season. Brandon Larson ranks seventh all-time among Reds players with 8 home runs and 37 RBIs during his tenure with Cincy.

47. Will Clark

Will Clark Career

  • 6× All-Star (1988–1992, 1994), NLCS MVP (1989), Gold Glove Award (1991), 2× Silver Slugger Award (1989, 1991), NL RBI leader (1988), Golden Spikes Award (1985), San Francisco Giants No. 22 retired, San Francisco Giants Wall of Fame

Will Clark was a first baseman who played for the Giants and Cardinals in his MLB career. He batted left-handed and threw left-handed. His batting average was .303, while he hit 2,176 hits and 284 home runs in 1,205 games played over 13 seasons.

Clark also scored 1,205 runs and had 1155 RBIs during his career with both teams. Will Clark retired after the 2000 season having accumulated 5 WAR (Wins Above Replacement) totals - 4 with San Francisco and 1 with St Louis .

Making him one of the most consistent hitters/fielders throughout his lengthy playing career A two-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner, Will Clark played for the San Francisco Giants from 1986 to 1993.

One of only three players in MLB history with at least 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, Clark averaged over 30 RBI per season during his career. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.

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48. Peyton Graham

Peyton Graham is a shortstop for the Detroit Tigers. He was drafted in the first round (26th overall) of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Tigers. Peyton made his professional debut with the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2019 and has played in 19 games so far this season, batting .279 with 1 home run and 4 RBIs.

In high school, Peyton attended IMG Academy where he starred as both a pitcher and shortstop and helped lead his team to back-to-back National Championship appearances as a sophomore and junior before signing with LSU to play college baseball.

 After two seasons at LSU, Graham was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft after hitting .286/.356/.503 with 17 home runs over three seasons at LSU including 21 doubles, 3 triples, 45 stolen bases, 104 walks and 95 strikeouts across 571 plate appearances (.297 OBP).

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49. Ivan Melendez


  • Golden Spikes Award (2022), Dick Howser Trophy (2022), Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year (2022)

Ivan Melendez was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2018 MLB draft. He made his professional debut with their Rookie-level affiliate, the Kane County Cougars, and hit .269/.351/.437 with seven home runs and 41 RBIs in 126 games.

In 2019, he played for both Double-A Visalia and Triple-A Reno and batted a combined .291/.387/.504 with 25 home runs and 85 RBIs between both clubs. 

The 23-year old is currently on MLB's roster but has yet to appear in an official game due to injury. Ivan Melendez is a first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2020.

Ivan Melendez was named Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year in 2022 and Golden Spikes Award winner that same year. 

He has played for various teams including the University of Michigan, Clemson University, and Vanderbilt University where he earned All-America honors twice each. Ivan Melendez is currently playing with the San Diego Padres organization in MLB.

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50. Brock Jones

Brock Jones was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft. He made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Rays and hit .324 with 4 home runs and 36 RBIs in 52 games.

In 2019, he played for both the Princeton Royals (A) and Bowling Green Hot Rods (AA), posting a combined batting average of .269 with 5 home runs and 38 RBIs between both levels. 

He is currently playing for Durham Bulls (AAA) where he has posted a batting average of .293 with 2 home runs and 18 RBIs through 33 games this season.

Brock is considered to have a strong toolbox including excellent power potential as well as solid defensive skills at both outfield positions Jones was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 3rd round of the 2009 amateur draft. 

Jones made his professional debut with the Tri-City ValleyCats in 2010 and hit .282/.371/.536 with 10 home runs and 61 RBIs in 122 games.

He spent most of 2011 with the Lancaster JetHawks, hitting a combined .284/.360/.465 with 16 home runs and 101 RBIs in 133 games. In 2012, Jones played for both Colorado Springs Sky Sox (A) and Corpus Christi Hooks (AA), hitting a combined .296/.366/.

512 with 17 homeairs and 104 RBIs between them before being traded to Fresno during midseason. In 137 games for Fresno this season, he has hit .291/.359/486with 20 HR & 85RBI's as they have clinched their first Pacific Coast League playoff berth since 2008.

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Final Words

The College World Series (CWS) is an annual event that brings the best college basebal. players from across the United States and Canada for a series of games.

Over the years, there have been some great players to grace this prestigious stage, with many being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Here are five of the most memorable CWS Best Players of Alltime:

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