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          Release: 06/22/2006
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Major League Baseball Players | 2012 Roster of Professionals | Princeton and the MLB Draft

Major League Baseball Players

The Princeton baseball team has produced 25 Major Leaguers since its inception in the late 19th century. Many of those players ascended to the Major Leagues in the early 1900s but Princeton has seen a resurgence recently as the Tigers currently have three alums on Major League rosters. The trio includes Chris Young and Will Venable, both with the San Diego Padres, and Pittsburgh Pirate Ross Ohlendorf. Princeton also had a fourth player earn Major League time last season as TIm Lahey opened the season on the Philadelphia Phillies' roster, but was sent down to the Minors before appearing in a game.

Princeton had had six Major League players since the end of World War II with John Easton playing for Philadelphia in the 1950s, Dave Sisler pitching for four teams in the late 50s and early 60s and Bob Tufts pitching for San Francisco and Kansas City in the early 1980s.

Below is the complete list of Princeton's Major Leaguers with the years and teams each played with:

Moe Berg (1923-39; Brooklyn, Chicago AL, Cleveland, Washington, Boston)
Dan Bickham (1886; Cincinnati)
Charlie Caldwell (1925; New York AL)
Fred Winchell (1909; Cleveland)
John Easton (1955-59; Philadelphia)
Leonidas Lee (1877; St. Louis)
Hy Gunning (1911; Boston)
Homer Hillebrand (1905-08; Pittsburgh)
Duke Kelleher (1916; New York Giants)
Charles Lear (1914-15; Cincinnati)
Waddy MacPhee (1922; New York Giants)
Thomas McNamara (1922; Pittsburgh)
Dutch Meier (1906; Pittsburgh)
Ross Ohlendorf (2007-present; New York AL, Pittsburgh, Boston, San Diego)
Ted Reed (1915; Newark)
Roger Salmon (1912; Philadelphia AL)
Dave Sisler (1956-62; Boston, Detroit, Washington, Cincinnati)
Dutch Sterrett (1912-13; New York AL)
Roy Talcott (1943; Boston NL)
Bob Tufts (1981-83; San Francisco, Kansas City)
Bobby Vaughn (1909-15; New York AL, St. Louis)
Will Venable (2008-present; San Diego)
Woody Wagenhorst (1888; Philadelphia NL)
Stephen White (1912; Washington, Boston NL)
Chris Young (2004-present; Texas, San Diego, New York NL)

2012 Roster of ProfessionalsYoung, Ohlendorf and Venable

Major Leagues

Ross Ohlendorf - Bio & Stats
San Diego Padres

Will Venable - Bio & Stats
San Diego Padres

Chris Young - Bio & Stats
New York Mets

Minor Leagues

Dan Barnes - Bio & Stats
Lansing Lugnuts (Class A Affiliate of Toronto Blue Jays)

Matt Bowman - Bio & Stats
Brooklyn Cyclones (Class A Affiliate of New York Mets)

David Hale - Bio & Stats
Lynchburg Hillcats (Class A Advanced Affiliate of Atlanta Braves)

Sam Mulroy - Bio & Stats
Orem Owlz (AAA Affiliate of Los Angeles Angels)

Jack Murphy - Bio & Stats
Lansing Lugnuts (Class A Affiliate of Toronto Blue Jays)

Princeton and the MLB Draft

The Princeton baseball team has seen 43 of its players be drafted in the Major League Baseball amateur entry draft since the draft began in 1965. Eighteen of those picks have occurred since 2000.

Robert Schiffner is Princeton's highest ever draft pick. He was selected 37th overall in the 1971 June secondary draft by the New York Yankees. At the time, high school players were drafted in a January draft and college players were chosen in June. Princeton's next two highest picks were B.J. Szymanski and Thomas Pauly, picked in 2004 and 2003 respectively, both by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the draft.

Four of Princeton's draft choices have made it to the Major Leagues. Chris Young was selected 89th overall in 2000 in the third round by Pittsburgh and made it to the Majors with Texas before being traded to San Diego. Ross Ohlendorf was the 116th pick in the fourth round of the 2004 draft by Arizona and made it to the Majors with the New York Yankees before a trade to Pittsburgh. Will Venable was picked twice, following his junior and senior seasons. He was the 218th pick in the seventh round by San Diego when he signed in 2005 and he reached the Majors with the Padres. Lastly, Bob Tufts, the 296th pick in the the 12th round of the 1977 draft made it the Major Leagues with San Francisco, the team that drafted him, and also played for Kansas City.

Below is a list of all of Princeton's draft picks since 1965.

Year Player MLB Team
Highest Level Reached (Current Team)
37 2 1971 Robert Schiffner ! New York Yankees A
48 2 2004 B.J. Szymanski Cincinnati Reds AAA
51 2 2003 Thomas Pauly Cincinnati Reds A+
83 4 1971 Ray Huard # Detroit Tigers A+
3 2009 David Hale
Atlanta Braves
A+ * (Lynchburg Hillcats A+)
89 3 2000 Chris Young
Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB * (New York Mets MLB)
116 4 2004 Ross Ohlendorf
Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB * (Pittsburgh Pirates MLB)
197 8 1986 Drew Stratton Oakland Athletics A+
213 9 1983 Steve Kordish Texas Rangers AA
218 7 2005 Will Venable
San Diego Padres
MLB * (San Diego Padres MLB)
272 11 1985 Mike Fiala Los Angeles Dodgers A+
276 11 1981 Mark Lockenmeyer Detroit Tigers AA
283 12 1969 Michael Fremuth Detroit Tigers AAA
296 12 1977 Bob Tufts San Francisco Giants MLB
368 19 1965 Jack Singer St. Louis Cardinals AA
410 13 2012 Matt Bowman New York Mets A (Brooklyn Cyclones)
424 18 1976 Mark Softy New York Yankees AA
439 15 2004 Will Venable $
Baltimore Orioles
MLB * (San Diego Padres MLB)
444 17 1986 Dan Arendas New York Yankees AA
458 18 1980 Roderick Shepard Houston Astros R
463 16 2004 Steve Young Detroit Tigers A
484 21 1970 Ray Huard $ Atlanta Braves R
492 21 1973 Gary Blevins New York Yankees A-
583 12 1982 Steve Kordish $ Cleveland Indians AA
601 20 2004 Tim Lahey
Minnesota Twins
624  24 1989 Jeff Barton San Diego Padres A-
653 29 1972 William Binder San Francisco Giants R
654 22 2002 Scott Hindman California Angels A
718 24 2002 Pat Boran Boston Red Sox A+
726 24 2009 Brad Gemberling
Arizona Diamondbacks
737 33 1968 Stephen Cushmore Detroit Tigers AA
801 26 2007 Sal Iacono Houston Astros A
838 28 2000 Buster Small Toronto Blue Jays A-
891 54 1967 Thomas Peppler Cincinnati Reds A-
922 31 1998 Michael Hazen San Diego Padres A
940 31 2009 Jack Murphy
Toronto Blue Jays
AA * (Lansing Lugnuts A)
950 31 2008 Spencer Lucian New York Yankees R
1017 33 2012 Sam Mulroy Los Angeles Angels AAA (Orem Owlz)
1056 35 2010 Dan Barnes Toronto Blue Jays A * (Lansing Lugnuts A)
1085 36 2010 Bobby Geren $% Oakland Athletics -
1074 42 1988 Greg Kuzma Texas Rangers R
1098 36 2011 Tyler Servais $% Colorado Rockies -
1182 39 2008 Christian Staehely Seattle Mariners A
1271 46 1994 Matthew Golden St. Louis Cardinals AA
1276 42 2011 Brett Geren $% Oakland Athletics -
1345 46 1996 Mike Ciminiello Detroit Tigers A-
1354 45 2010 Michael Fagan $% San Diego Padres -
1366 46 2005 Worth Lumry Seattle Mariners R
1401 56 1991 John Nash San Diego Padres A
1417 48 1999 Scott Hindman $% Cincinnati Reds A
@   1996 Tom Hage Baltimore Orioles AA
@   1999 Justin Griffin Cleveland Indians A
@   2005 Brian Kappel Seattle Mariners A+
@   2006 Erik Stiller
Cleveland Indians
@   2008 Steven Miller Kansas City Royals R
@   2009 Dan DeGeorge Cleveland Indians AA

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# January Draft
@ Undrafted Signees
$ Drafted but did not Sign
% Drafted out of High School