Former Wolf Pack Players Thriving in Minor Leagues
The University of Nevada baseball team has put a plethora of talent into the MiLB in the past few years, including two players from last years squad getting drafted.
The University of Nevada baseball team has put a plethora of talent into the MiLB in the past few years, including two players from last years squad getting drafted. Under head coach TJ Bruce, five Wolf Pack players have been drafted and many more have walked on and found success on professional teams.
The first of two Wolf Pack players selected in the 2017 Draft, former Nevada infielder Jordan Pearce has been swinging the bat well in the Detroit Tigers organization after being selected in the 21st round. Playing in Class A for the Connecticut Tigers in the New York-Penn League, Pearce holds a batting average of .308 with a .436 slugging percentage and has hit four home runs with 28 RBI in 33 games played. Pearce was selected to the New York-Penn League All-Star Game this past week.
Drafted in the 28th round by the Tampa Bay Rays, former Nevada shortstop Justin Bridgman is currently hitting .283 for the Princeton Rays, the rookie-level team for Tampa Bay, in the Appalachian League with 13 RBI. He has hit one home run to go along with four doubles and a .349 slugging percentage.
While he was not selected in the 2017 draft, former Nevada ace Trevor Charpie has been excelling with the Rays as well, pitching in nine games so far with a 1.72 ERA, 18 strikeouts and a 2-1 record. He has only given up three earned runs in the Gulf Coast League for the GCL Rays, the Class A organization for Tampa Bay.
A member of the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Class A team for the Tampa Bay Rays, Miles Mastrobuoni is batting .263 with eleven doubles, a triple and two home runs after being drafted in the 14th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. The former standout second baseman for the Wolf Pack is currently boasting a career .347 OBP.
The Mountain West Player of the Year in 2015 and a jack-of-all-trades for the Wolf Pack serving as both a pitcher and outfielder, Trenton Brooks was drafted in the 17th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians and is currently playing in Class A for the Lake County Captains in the Midwest League. He is currently batting .209 in his minors career with 14 doubles and 17 RBI.
Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 29th round in 2016, Sam Held currently holds a 4.09 ERA in the minor leagues. Always a force to be reckoned with on the mound while at Nevada, he has recorded 50 strikeouts in 61.2 innings pitched for the Class A Hagerstown Suns in the South Atlantic League.
Playing for the Daytona Tortugas, the Class A Advanced organization for the Cincinnati Reds, TJ Friedl has been extremely productive as a hitter, batting .288 in his career in the minors. The former Nevada outfielder has recorded 36 doubles, 10 triples, 10 home runs and 55 RBI.
The Mountain West Pitcher of the Year and Nevada ace in 2015, Christian Stolo was picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 and has pitched himself to a career ERA of 4.26 while playing for the rookie-level Ogden Raptors. He holds a 4-2 record with five career starts.
Make sure to follow the Wolf Pack on Twitter @nevadabaseball for updates on the team and former players during the offseason.
(University of Nevada, Reno contributed to this report.)