Former Ducks Playing Pro Baseball
EUGENE, Ore. – A number of former Ducks are currently playing professional baseball. Here are links for all of them along with the team they are currently with, the league they play in, the level of professional baseball and the organization each player belongs to.
Tyler Anderson, San Francisco Giants, MLB National League
A 2011 first-round pick and a three-year letterman at Oregon … Made major league debut on June 12, 2016 … Finished a solid rookie season in the majors with a 3.56 ERA and a 5-6 record in 114.1 innings along with 99 strikeouts in 19 starts … Named to the Baseball America All-Rookie Team following the 2016 regular season … Part of the Rockies' starting rotation to begin 2017 … Appeared in 17 games, starting 15, with a 4.81 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 86 innings pitched in second season with Rockies ... Started 32 games in 2018, going 7-9 with a 4.55 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 176 innings... Appeared in five games (all starts) for Colorado in 2019 and threw 20.2 innings while striking out 23 before going on the 60-day Injured List after undergoing knee surgery ... Signed with the San Francisco Giants during the 2019 offseason ... Had a strong 2014 season at Double-A Tulsa, finishing the season with a 7-4 record and an impressive 1.98 ERA in 23 starts and 118.1 innings pitched while also being named the Texas League Pitcher of the Year … Allowed just three home runs all season … Struck out 106 batters while walking 40 and posting a .216 batting average against … Missed all of the 2015 season because of an elbow injury … Began 2016 as part of the 40-man roster in spring training , allowing three runs in four innings over a pair of appearances … Assigned to Double-A Hartford on May 9, posting a 1.80 ERA with 11 strikeouts to just two walks in two starts before being promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque on May 26 … Pitched 17 innings, going 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA in three starts before getting called-up to the big leagues.
Scott Heineman, Texas Rangers, MLB American League
A three-year letterman at Oregon and an 11th round pick by the Rangers in the 2015 draft ... Earned his first MLB call-up on August 2, 2019, going 2-for-4 in his MLB debut ... On the Rangers' opening day roster in 2020 ... Split time between Triple-A Nashville and the Rangers in 2019 … With Triple-A Nashville, Heineman hit .340 with a .412 on-base percentage with 10 home runs, nine doubles and 31 RBI … With Texas he appeared in 25 games and hit .213 including two home runs, six doubles and seven RBI … Underwent surgery following final season at Oregon and did not play professionally in 2015 … Made professional debut with the High Desert Mavericks on April 7, 2016, going 3-for-3 with two stolen bases ... Finished an impressive 2016 season hitting .303 with 17 home runs and 80 RBI while leading the team in doubles (39) and triples (8), helping the Mavericks to a California League championship … Invited to Rangers' Spring Training as a non-roster invitee … Spent all of 2017 with Double-A Frisco, batting .284 with nine home runs and 44 RBI while leading the team in triples with seven ... A non-roster invitee to Spring Training in 2018 ... Played in seven games with Double-A Frisco to start 2018 and hit .522 with a home run and 10 RBI and was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock on April 13 ... Hit .295 with Round Rock with 11 home runs, 57 RBI and 20 doubles ... On the 60-day disabled list to start 2019 ... Currently ranked 27th on the Rangers' Top 30 Prospects List.
Cole Irvin, Philadelphia Phillies, MLB National League
Became the fifth Duck in the modern era to reach the big leagues on May 12, 2019 ... On the Phillies' opening day roster in 2020 ... Threw seven innings and struck out five while allowing just one run to earn the win in first career major league start ... Split time between Triple-A Lehigh and the Philadelphia Phillies in 2019 … For Triple-A Lehigh he posted a 3.94 ERA over 17 appearances (16 starts), threw 93.2 innings, struck out 65 and earned six wins … With the Phillies he appeared in 16 games (three starts) and posted a 5.83 ERA over 41.2 innings, while striking out 31 and collecting a save ... A fifth round pick in the 2016 draft and a three-year letterman at Oregon … Finished career with the second most starts (47), third most innings pitched (300), tied for fourth most wins (20), and fifth most strikeouts (197) in program history … Set the single-season record for wins in 2013 with 12 … Began pro career with Class-A (Short) Williamsport, going 5-1 with an ERA of just 1.97, striking out 37 and walking only eight over 45.2 innings … Got off to an impressive start with Class-A (Advanced) Clearwater, posting a 2.55 ERA with 52 strikeouts and only 14 walks in 67 innings pitched ... Promoted to Double-A Reading on June 28 and started 13 games, going 5-3 with a 4.06 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 84.1 innings pitched ... Went to Spring Training in 2018 as a non-roster invitee ... Named the International League Pitcher of the Year after going 14-4 with a 2.57 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 161.1 innings with Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2018 ... Currently ranked 16th on the Phillies' Top 30 Prospects List. Made MLB debut on May 12th, getting a win on 7 innings pitched with one earned run ... Currently ranked 16th on the Phillies' Top 30 Prospects List.
David Peterson, New York Mets, MLB National League
The 20th overall pick in the 2017 draft and three-year letterman at Oregon ... Made Major League Baseball debut on July 28, 2020, picking up a win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park ... Finished second on Oregon's career strikeouts list with 282 ... Set the single-season record for strikeouts with 140 in 2017 ... Ranks fourth on the Ducks' career starts list with 42, fifth in innings pitched with 256.2 and tied for sixth in career wins with 19 ... Signed with the Mets on July 7, 2017 ... Assigned to begin pro career with Class-A (Short) Brooklyn on July 14 and pitched in just three games with six strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched ... Posted a 1.84 ERA in nine starts at Class-A Columbia with 57 strikeouts in 59.1 innings before being promoted to Class-A (Advanced) St. Lucie on June 11 ... Went 6-6 with a 4.33 ERA in 13 starts with St. Lucie, striking out 58 while waking 19 in 68.2 innings ... Spent all of 2019 with Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies ... Started 24 games in 2019, posting a 4.19 ERA over 116 innings pitched, holding opponents to a .263 batting average and struck out 122 … Currently ranked seventh on the Mets' Top 30 Prospect List ... A non-roster invitee to spring training in 2020.
Kyle Garlick, Philadelphia Phillies, MLB National League
Called up to the big leagues on May 17, 2019 ... Bounced back and forth between Triple-A and the big leagues in 2019 … In Triple-A Oklahoma City he hit .314 with a .382 on-base percentage in addition to 25 home runs and 23 doubles in 81 games … On May 5, 2019 he hit three home runs in a single game in a 11-9 victory for Oklahoma City … After making his MLB debut with the Dodgers he hit .250 over 30 games (48 at-bats) and hit three home runs with six RBI … Traded from the Dodgers to the Philadelphia Phillies on February 15, 2020 ... On the Phillies' opening day roster in 2020 ...Three-year letterman at Oregon and a 28th-round pick in the 2015 draft ... Moved through the Dodgers' system quickly in first professional season, batting .349 with nine home runs, 44 RBI and an impressive .591 slugging percentage in 60 games between the Rookie League, Class-A (Full) Great Lakes and Class-A (Advanced) Rancho Cucamonga … Played in just eight games in the Rookie League before being promoted to Great Lakes … Hit .327 with four home runs, 12 doubles and 24 RBI with the Loons before being called up to Rancho Cucamonga to finish the season ... Made presence felt with the Quakes, batting .389 with five home runs, 14 RBI and a .741 slugging percentage in 14 games … Began 2016 with Rancho Cucamonga where he hit .306 with 11 home runs, 37 RBI and 13 doubles in 49 games … Promoted to Double-A Tulsa on May 31 and led the team in doubles with 29 while hitting .284 with eight home runs and 39 RBI … Invited to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee … Played all but five rehab games with Tulsa, appearing in 79 games, hitting 18 home runs with 44 RBI, batting .246 with 12 doubles in 2017 ... Hit .282 with five home runs and 14 RBI in 19 games with Double-A Tulsa to begin 2018 ... Promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on April 30 and hit 17 home runs with 46 RBI while batting .253 with 18 doubles and two triples.
Ryon Healy, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB National League, Alternate Sight, 40-Man Roster
A three-year letterman at Oregon and drafted in the third round of the 2013 draft … Got the call-up to the big leagues on July 15, 2016 ... Had an impressive rookie season with the Athletics, hitting .305 with 13 home runs and 37 RBI along with 20 doubles in 72 games … Named to Baseball America's All-Rookie Team at the end of the 2016 season … Started at designated hitter on Opening Day 2017 for the A's … A mainstay in Oakland's starting lineup all season, appearing in 149 games and finishing second on the team in home runs (25) and RBI (78) while hitting .271 ... Traded to Seattle on Nov. 15, 2017 ... In the Mariners' Opening Day lineup at first base ... Hit 24 home runs while driving in 73 runs and hit .235 with 15 doubles in 2018 ... Saw limited action in 2019 due to injury but still appeared in 47 games for the Mariners, hitting .237 with seven home runs, 16 doubles and 26 RBI … Signed with the Milwaukee Brewers During the 2019 offseason …Played all of the 2015 season in Double-A Midland, helping lead the RockHounds to the Texas League Championship while also earning mid-season and postseason All-Star honors … Batted .302 with 31 doubles, 10 home runs and 62 RBI while leading the team in hits (153) … Earned Texas League Player of the Week honors twice in 2015 … Played in three games for the A's in 2016 spring training, going 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored … Started 2016 with Double-A Midland where he hit .338 with eight home runs, 34 RBI, and 12 doubles in 36 games … Promoted to Triple-A Nashville on May 17 and hit .318 with six home runs, 30 RBI and 16 doubles in 49 games before getting the call to the majors.
Garrett Cleavinger, Philadelphia Phillies, Alternate Sight, 40-Man Roster
Selected in the third round of the 2015 draft ... A three-year letterman at Oregon ... Finished Oregon career as the all-time leader in appearances (109) and lowest opponent batting average (.165) ... Also finished second in games finished (52) and saves (13), sixth in wins (18) and seventh in strikeouts (172) ... Spent the 2015 season in Class-A (Short) Aberdeen, going 6-1 with 32 strikeouts in 25 innings pitched and a 2.16 ERA ... Started 2016 with Class-A Delmarva, going 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 39 innings … Went 2-3 with a 4.82 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 37.1 innings pitched over 20 appearances with Class-A (Advanced) Frederick … Invited to Orioles' Spring Training as a non-roster invitee … Started 2017 with Double-A Bowie, going 2-4 with a 6.28 ERA and 42 strikeouts before being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies … Assigned to Double-A Reading on July 30 and made 11 appearances striking out 17 in 15.1 innings with a 5.28 ERA ... Pitched in seven games and struck out 14 with a 5.40 ERA before being sent to Class-A (Short) Williamsport on May 4 ... Assigned to Class-A (Advanced) Clearwater on May 30 and pitched in five games before going on the Disabled List ... Assigned to Reading Fightin Phils on April 4th, 2019 ... With Reading in 2019 he appeared in 34 games striking out 83 over 51.2 innings with a 3.66 ERA … On November 20, 2019 his contract was selected by the Phillies and he was placed on their 40-man roster ... On the Phillies 60-man roster in July 2020 and assigned to the alternate sight.
Stephen Nogosek, Syracuse Mets, Triple-A International League, New York Mets
A 2016 sixth round pick and a three-year letterman at Oregon … Earned his first call-up to the big leagues on June 18, 2019 ... Made his major league debut on June 19 ... Recalled on July 19 and sent back down on August 2 ... Finished career with the second most saves (16) and appearances (85) in Oregon history ... Earned NCBWA All-America second-team honors in 2016 … Also named to the 2016 Louisville Slugger All-American third team and Pac-12 All-Conference first team … Started pro career with Class-A (Short) Lowell, recording an ERA of 2.03 in 13.1 innings with 19 strikeouts … Appeared in 10 games while striking out 12 and walking just three after being promoted to Class-A Greenville on August 4 … Began 2017 with the Drive, recording 13 saves with an ERA of 2.55 and 45 strikeouts in 35.1 innings pitched … Promoted to Class-A (Advanced) on June 22 and recorded six saves while going 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA ... Traded to the New York Mets on July 31 and assigned to Class-A (Advanced) St. Lucie ... Went 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched with St. Lucie ... Pitched in 23 games with St. Lucie to begin 2018 while striking out 37 and walking 18 over 32.1 innings ... Promoted to Double-A Binghamton on June 29 and appeared in 16 games ... Started 2019 with the Rumble Ponies and posted a 0.95 ERA in 11 appearances before moving up to Triple-A Syracuse on May 24.
Jake Reed, Rochester Red Wings, Triple-A International League, Minnesota Twins
A fifth-round pick in 2014 and a three-year letterman at Oregon … Impressed in first professional season, finishing 2014 3-0 with an astounding 0.29 ERA between the Rookie League and Class-A (Full) … Went 5-4 with a 5.01 ERA in 2015 over 44 appearances between Double-A Chattanooga and Class-A (Advanced) Fort Myers … Dominated with Fort Myers after being sent down from Chattanooga on August 8, throwing 12.1 scoreless innings with a save and seven strikeouts over 9 games … Recalled to Chattanooga on September 3 … Started the 2016 season with Chattanooga, going 3-3 with an ERA of 3.90 in 60 innings with 64 strikeouts … Promoted to Triple-A Rochester on August 13, going 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 10.2 innings over nine appearances … Invited to spring training in 2017 as a non-roster invitee … Started 2017 with Double-A Chattanooga, appearing in five games while posting a 2.45 ERA before being promoted to Triple-A Rochester on June 19 … Finished with a 2.05 ERA and five saves with the Red Wings, with 25 strikeouts in 30.2 innings pitched ... Invited to Spring Training in 2018 as a non-roster invitee ... Finished 2018 with a 1.89 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 47.2 innings over 30 appearances with Rochester in 2018 … Was a non-roster invitee to Twins spring training before spending all of 2019 with Triple-A Rochester where he posted a 5.76 ERA over 75 innings and struck out a career high 92 batters over 45 appearances ... A non-roster invitee to spring training in 2020.
Josh Graham, Mississippi Braves, Double-A Southern League, Atlanta Braves
A fourth round pick in 2015 and a three-year letterman at Oregon ... Made the switch to the mound in 2014 after spending his first two seasons at Oregon as a catcher ... Began pro career with Danville of the Rookie Appalachian League … Appeared in six games (five starts) and struck out 21 batters with just three walks while posting a 2.60 ERA in 17.1 innings … Spent entire 2016 season with Class-A Rome, going 1-2 with a 3.40 ERA and 50 strikeouts to just 12 walks in 35 appearances for the South Atlantic League champions … Went 3-3 with a 4.69 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched with Class-A (Advanced) Florida to start 2017 ... Promoted to Double-A Mississippi on August 5 and closed the season with a 1.38 ERA and two saves in 10 appearances with the Braves ... A non-roster invitee to Spring Training in 2018 ... Started 2018 with Mississippi and pitched in 20 games before being assigned to Class-A (Advanced) Florida on May 29 ... Struck out 33 in 23.1 innings with a 3.86 ERA in 15 appearances with the Fire Frogs ... Recalled to Double-A Mississippi on August 1 ... Finished 2018 5-3 with a 6.81 ERA in 32 appearances over his two stints with Mississippi ... Spent all of 2019 with Double-A Mississippi and appeared in 38 games (one start) … Recorded a 3.55 ERA over 50.2 innings pitched and picked up eight saves while striking out 45.
Matt Krook, Montgomery Biscuits, Double-A Southern League, Tampa Bay Rays
Selected in the fourth round the 2016 draft … A two-year letterman at Oregon … Named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team in 2014 … Was one of 50 players on the Golden Spikes award watch list prior to 2016 season … Started pro career with the Rookie League AZL Giants, pitching in two games throwing 5.2 innings with a 1.59 ERA … Assigned to Class-A (Short) Salem-Keizer on July 5 and made 10 starts, posting a record of 1-3, striking out 39 in 35 innings ... Spent all of 2017 with Class-A (Advanced) San Jose, striking out 105 batters in 91.1 innings pitched, going 4-9 with a 5.12 ERA … Traded to Tampa Bay on Dec. 20, 2017 and assigned to Class-A (Advanced) Charlotte ... Struck out 95 with a 4-2 record and a 4.26 ERA in 37 appearances (six starts) with Double-A Montgomery in 2018 … Spent all of 2019 with Montgomery and struck out 52 over 50 innings in 32 appearances (18 starts) and posted a 4.50 ERA.
Kyle Kasser, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Class-A (Advanced) Carolina League, Kansas City Royals
Drafted in the 30th round in the 2018 draft by the Kansas City Royals ... Finished fifth all-time at Oregon in hits (178), third in on-base percentage (.395) and tied for fifth in walks (79) ... Ended career with the third-longest consecutive starts streak in school history at 110 ... Signed with the Royals on June 10, 2018 ... Assigned to the Rookie League Idaho Falls Chukars on June 18 to begin pro career ... Hit .357 with a home run and 29 RBI in 42 games with the Chukars ... Split time between Class-A Lexington and Class-A (Advanced) Wilmington in 2019 … Excelled at the plate where he hit .303 with six doubles, one triple, 10 stolen bases and 20 RBI.
Ryne Nelson, Hillsboro Hops, Class-A Northwest League, Arizona Diamondbacks
Selected in the 2nd round (56 overall) of the 2019 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks ... Third highest MLB Draft pick in the modern era of Oregon baseball ... Sixth Oregon player drafted by the Diamondbacks since 2011 ... A first-team All-Pac-12 Conference selection ... Fourth in the nation and first in the Pac-12 Conference in strikeouts per nine innings (14.40) ... Led Pac-12 Conference in strikeouts (104), while finishing tied for third in batters struck out looking (31) and eighth in saves during the regular season ... Ranked fourth in strikeouts (63) in Pac-12 only games, while finishing third in batters struck out looking (20) and seventh in saves (2) ... Fourth all-time in Oregon history in single-season strikeouts with 104 ... Second in single-season strikeouts looking at Oregon with 31 ... Ranks eighth all-time at Oregon in career saves (8) and seventh in games finished (29) ... Has compiled a 6-6 record with eight saves and a 4.25 ERA in three seasons at Oregon while fanning 158 hitters in 101.2 career innings ... Spent his 2019 season with Class-A Hillsboro Hops, helping them to the Northwest League Championship … Earned the win in the Northwest League Championship clinching game, where he pitched three scoreless innings of relief and fanned six batters … Posted a 2.89 ERA over 10 games (seven starts), and struck out 26 over 18.2 innings pitched.
Jonny DeLuca, Great Lakes Loons, Class-A Midwest League, Los Angeles Dodgers
Selected in the 25th round, 761st overall ... Third Duck player selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the modern era of Oregon baseball ... Sixth different Oregon outfielder drafted since 2012 ... 52nd player all-time drafted in the modern era at Oregon ... Honorable mention All-Pac-12 Conference Defensive Team pick ... Started all 56 Oregon games in center field in 2019 ... Has made 110 career starts (111 games played) in two seasons ... In two seasons at Oregon, has batted .226 with 11 home runs, 72 RBI, three triples, 11 doubles and 60 runs scored ... Set Oregon freshman home run record with six in 2018 ... Finished sophomore season with team-best 88 game active start streak ... Spent his first season of pro ball with the AZL Dodgers in 2019 where he hit .273 and a .342 on-base percentage with a home run, four doubles, two triples and 13 RBI over 26 games ... Assigned to Great Lakes on Sept. 11, 2019.
Spencer Steer, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Class-A Midwest League, Minnesota Twins
Selected in the third round of the 2019 draft by the Minnesota Twins ... Highest MLB Draft pick of an Oregon position player in the modern era ... Fifth-highest MLB Draft during that time ... Fourth Oregon player picked by the Twins since 2011 ... 50th Duck drafted since 2009 ... A first-team All-Pac-12 Conference selection ... Named to the Pac-12 Conference All-Defensive Team ... Led the Ducks in eight offensive categories including batting average (.349), hits (75), RBI (57), doubles (13), slugging percentage (.502) and on-base percentage (.456) ... 57 RBI were one of four school records set during junior season ... Also broke Mitchell Tolman's career RBI mark with 129, while setting a new career record for multiple-RBI games (37) and tying the single-season record for multi-RBI games (16) ... .456 on-base percentage in 2019 ranks second all-time at Oregon, .001 behind Tolman's .457 ... Tied for fifth in school history with 75 hits in 2019, while finishing fifth in multi-hit games (22) ... Ranks sixth all-time in career hits (177) and fourth in career doubles (36) ... Set a school-record with 18-game hitting streak in 2019 ... In three seasons at Oregon, hit .297 with 12 home runs, 129 RBI, 36 doubles, five triples and 163 runs scored with a .401 on base percentage and a .435 slugging percentage ... Ranked in top 10 in Pac-12 Conference in five categories in overall games, including fifth in RBI, seventh in hits and ninth in both batting average and on-base percentage ... Honorable mention All-Pac-12 Conference pick in 2018 as a sophomore ... Two-time honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic Team selection ... Got off to a hot start in pro ball with the Rookie League Elizabethton Twins where he hit .325 with two home runs, six doubles and 13 RBI over 20 games before being promoted to Class-A Cedar Rapids … In 44 games with the Kernels he hit .260 with two home runs, 12 doubles, two triples and 20 RBI … He totaled four home runs, 18 doubles and 33 RBI in 2019.
Matt Mercer, Arizona League Diamondbacks, Rookie Arizona League, Arizona Diamondbacks
Selected in the fifth round of the 2018 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks ... Played three seasons at Oregon ... Finished with sixth-most starts on the mound in program history with 36 ... Ninth on the Oregon career list in strikeouts (176) and innings pitched (217) ... Signed with the Diamondbacks on June 26, 2018 ... Assigned to the AZL Diamondbacks on June 26 to begin pro career and pitched in one game, going two innings with a strikeout ... Assigned to Class-A (Short) Hillsboro on June 27 and started 12 games, striking out 37 while walking six and posting a 3.00 ERA in 27 innings ... Started 2019 in Class-A (Advanced) Visalia ... Currently on rehab assignment with AZL Diamondbacks ... Finished 2019 with a 4.89 ERA over 17 games (16 starts) between Visalia and the AZL Diamondbacks, striking out 68 batters over 57 innings pitched.