NCAA college baseball careers players for the 2022 World Series

The MLB postseason concludes with the 2022 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros. Several players competed for the Commissioner’s Cup as well in Omaha in an effort to capture a different World Series, or have been a large part of their college teams.

There are 19 active players on two rosters who have played baseball in NCAA Division I or II. Here’s a look at each of their college careers:

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Aaron Nola, LSU (2011-2014)

Aaron Nola pitched at LSU

Right-handed pitcher Aaron Nola donned eggplant purple and gold before being drafted at number seven to the Phillies. Nola has had a notable career winning the SEC Pitcher of the Year and National Pitcher of the Year in 2014.

Leaving the program’s top three in career hits (345). He helped lead the Tigers to the Men’s College World Series in 2013 before they fell to eventual champion UCLA.

David Robertson, Alabama (2004-2006)

David Robertson played for Alabama before he was drafted by the Yankees in 2006. He was first as a closer for the Crimson Tide.

Robertson finished his college career 11-9 with a 2.69 ERA and 18 saves.

Garrett Stubbs, USC (2012-2015)

A catcher from Southern California, Garrett Stubbs played three impressive seasons as a Trojan.

Stubbs won a Buster Posey Award, was a Gold Glove Award winner and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in his final season. Stubbs helped the Trojans make their first NCAA regional in a decade.

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Kyle Gibson, Missouri (2007-2009)

Kyle Gibson sits among the Mizou greats at the Missouri Hall of Fame following his 2019 induction.

Gibson holds the school record of 131 strikeouts in a season which he earned in his senior year when he posted a 3.21 ERA in an 11-3 outing. In the starting rotation, he helped lead the Tigers to three straight NCAA regions.

Rhys Hoskins, Sacramento State (2011-2014)

In his final season at Sacramento State, Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins hit 12 home runs with 53 RBIs. He was the WAC Player of the Year and was drafted by Philadelphia in the fifth round in 2014.

Dalton Guthrie, Florida (2015-2017)

Dalton Guthrie Monument in Omaha

Dalton Guthrie was a highly productive shortstop on the 2017 Florida National Championship Team. He broke the SEC All-Defensive team that year as he started 57 games at position and eight games at designated hitter.

Besides Guthrie’s defensive skill, he had a 23-game multi-hit game on the team in his final season hitting . 273 with 23 RBI, nine doubles and four home runs.

Matt Ferling, Notre Dame (2015-2018)

Quarterback Matt Ferling played three seasons at Notre Dame, two after being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015.

With the Irish, Vierling had an outstanding minor season and was named to the All-ACC team with a . 375 on-base percentage and . 849 OPS. He led Notre Dame in multi-hit games (22) and multiple RBI games (11) while having the longest strikeouts of the year.

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Alec Baum, Wichita State (2016-2018)

Phillies third baseman Alec Baum had three successful seasons at Wichita State.

Bohm finished his college career. 317 batting average and 0.547 slugging. As a shocker, he hit three grand slams in one season—breaking a Wichita State record.

Kyle Schwarber, Indiana (2012-2014)

Kyle Schwarber Indiana

Kyle Schwarber was the highest-earning MLB draft pick in the history of the Indiana program when he finished fourth overall in 2014.

In the IU record book, Schwarber ranks sixth in home runs (40) and eighth in hits (238). 341 in 180 games played as an outfielder for Hoose.

Bryson Stott, UNLV (2017-2019)

Player Bryson Scott spent three seasons at UNLV before being selected 14th overall by the Phillies as the 4th Rebel drafted in MLB.

While Stott led the Rebels in batting average, at-bats, runs, hits, and doubles, he also led the nation in doubles as a sophomore.

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Astros

Justin Verlander, Old Dominion (2002-2004)

Justin Verlander Old Dominion

Just as Justin Verlander was a knockout quarterback, he did the same in college at Old Dominion.

Verlander left the program as the all-time strikeout leader with 427 ccs. He had an impressive 2.57 ERA in his three seasons combined. In 2010, the school retired his jersey. In 2012, the 17-year-old veteran was inducted into the Old Dominion Hall of Fame.

Seth Martinez, Arizona State (2014-2016)

Right-hander Seth Martinez threw for three effective seasons at Arizona State.

Martinez finished his career 16-6 with a 3.50 ERA in 46 starts. In his final season, he had ace-level numbers with a 2.75 ERA, and struck out 94 batters—including a career-high 11 in a single game. He made the Pac-12 All-Conference first team to cap off his Sun Devil career.

Ren Stanek, Arkansas (2011-2013)

Ryne Stanek has also put up numbers at the ace level for Arkansas.

Stanek finished a career with a 1.39 ERA with a 10-2 record. He had a 2.82 ERA in 92.2 innings pitched in his final season as a Razorback.

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Alex Bergman, LSU (2013-2015)

Alex Bergman, LSU

Former teammate (and roommate) of Aaron Nola, Alex Bregman was also a standout on the LSU roster.

Bregman, too, made the SEC All-Defensive Team and the All-SEC Team in 2015 as a third baseman. With 38 steals for one season, he holds the second highest mark in school history. Overall, he batted . 337 with 21 home runs.

Jeremy Rock, Maine (2016-2018)

Shortstop Jeremy Peña has found consistency during his time in Maine.

Peña started all of his collegiate career games and was the only Black Bear to do so in his junior season. That year, he also had a 19-game multi-hit game of the year.

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Trey Mancini, Notre Dame (2010-2013)

The designated hitter for the current T Astros was Notre Dame’s first baseman

Mancini was known to drive the ball to all parts of the field, hence the DH move. With the Irish, he posted 405 OBP and 981 OPS.

David Hensley, San Diego State (2015-2018)

357 batting average while hitting three home runs and stealing seven bases in eight attempts.

Chas McCormick, Millersville (2014-2017)

Outfielder Chas McCormick is one of two Astros players who have competed at the Division II level.

McCormick was drafted in the 21st round by the Astros. At Millersville, he batted . 373 with 17 total home runs and 186 RBIs.

Hunter Brown, Wayne State (Michigan) (2017-2019)

The second Division II athlete was Hunter Brown of Wayne State (MI).

Brown left Wayne State (MI) with its all-time winning record (14-3) and finished second in hits in an inning (10.06). While he posted a career-high 3.33 ERA, Brown’s final season put a 2.21 ERA on top to be drafted the Astros’ 166th overall late.

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