Former Oregon Ducks Finding Success in Minor League Baseball


It’s been a good summer for Oregon Baseball Alumni who are playing Professional Baseball. From rookie ball to Triple-A alumnus from George Horton’s team, some are really making it count and becoming household names for their respective teams as Summer begins to wind down. The following is a rundown of former Oregon Ducks players and their current success in the Minor Leagues:

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Tyler Anderson still out with an elbow injury and once he returns will join the Albuquerque Isotopes after a nice season with double-A Tulsa last season. Scott McGough currently with New Orleans recently worked his way up after a seven inning scoreless stretch with Jupiter.

KC Serna recently joined Lehigh Valley following a good season in Reading, he’s got nine double while hitting .255. Zach Thornton who was traded last season from the Pirates to Mets has done well at Las Vegas where he’s struck out 73 in 67 innings.

Double-A: Ryon Healy currently ranked 22nd in the Oakland Athletics organization has had a great summer for the Midland Rockhounds. He had a five-hit game in May, which he repeated again this week with a HR while driving in three and early an All-Star Game nod. Last season he hit 16 home runs, driving in 83 in 136 games and hit .285.

Jake Reed who’s at Chattanooga has done well out of the bullpen, last season with Cedar Rapids he converted eight of nine saves, he’s 19th on the Minnesota list of top 30 prospects. Jimmie Sherfy is with Mobile struck out 45 in 38 innings last season and is 20th among Diamondbacks prospects.

Single-A: Christian Jones currently with San Jose struck out 100 while walking just 26 a year ago. Tommy Thorpe has climbed three levels within the Cubs organization since last year, he’s currently at South Bend posting a 3.05 a season ago. Garrett Cleavinger has pitched well at each level before being promoted by Baltimore to Aberdeen.

Mitchell Tolman is at West Virginia right now, Cole Wiper made his way to Spokane after success at lower levels.

Rookie/Independent: Currently, having good rookie ball seasons are Conor Harber and Josh Graham who both played this past season in Eugene and are on rookie teams with the Braves plus Brewers this summer. JD Pulfer is currently playing independent ball after being picked by Arizona in 2011.

The 2015 Oregon Ducks Baseball team will begin Fall practice on September 11th.

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