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Andy Wittry | | October 9, 2017

Which school has the most players in the MLB Playoffs?

  Chris Sale, a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox who attended Florida Gulf Coast, is one of 185 former NCAA student-athletes in the 2017 MLB Playoffs.

One hundred and eighty-five former NCAA baseball student-athletes appear on the 40-man MLB postseason rosters across the 10 teams that made the playoffs.

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The players collectively represent 107 different schools, ranging from DI to DIII. Eighteen schools have at least three former players who appear on a postseason roster, led by Arizona State and Virginia with seven apiece. The SEC leads all conferences with 39 former student-athletes.

Roster breakdown:

185: Number of former NCAA baseball student-athletes who are on an MLB postseason roster.

107: Number of NCAA institutions represented in the MLB Playoffs.

39: Number of former SEC student-athletes in the MLB Playoffs, the most of any conference.

24: Number of Boston Red Sox players who attended an NCAA institution, the most of any team in the MLB Playoffs.

22: Number of Division I conferences represented.

9: Number of former Division II student-athletes whose teams made the MLB Playoffs.

7: Number of former student-athletes from Arizona State and Virginia in the MLB Playoffs, which is tied for the most from any school.

3: Number of former Division III student-athletes whose teams made the MLB Playoffs.

1: Number of players appearing in the MLB Playoffs who attended a university in the Southland Conference – Yankees pitcher Caleb Smith, Sam Houston State – which is the fewest of any DI conference.

The usual suspects:

Arizona State (7): Brady Rodgers (Astros), Jake Barrett (Diamondbacks), Austin Barnes (Dodgers), Andre Ethier (Dodgers), Jason Kipnis (Indians), Deven Marrero (Red Sox), Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)

Virginia (7): Derek Fisher (Astros), Chris Taylor (Dodgers), Kyle Crockett (Indians), Brandon Guyer (Indians), Sean Doolittle (Nationals), Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals), Mark Reynolds (Rockies)

Connecticut (5): George Springer (Astros), Nick Ahmed (Diamondbacks), Matt Barnes (Red Sox), Rajai Davis (Red Sox), Scott Oberg (Rockies)

LSU (5): Alex Bregman (Astros), Will Harris (Astros), Nick Goody (Indians), Andrew Stevenson (Nationals), DJ LeMahieu (Rockies)

Rice (5): Tony Cingrani (Dodgers), Anthony Rendon (Nationals), Brock Holt (Red Sox), JT Chargois (Twins), Tyler Suffey (Twins)

UCLA (5): Chase Utley (Dodgers), Trevor Bauer (Indians), Adam Plutko (Indians), Matt Grace (Nationals), Pat Valaika (Rockies)

2017 All-Star selections:

Aaron Judge, Yankees – Fresno State

George Springer, Astros – Connecticut

Dallas Keuchel, Astros – Arkansas

Corey Kluber, Indians – Stetson

Chris Sale, Red Sox – Florida Gulf Coast

Andrew Miller, Indians – North Carolina

Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals – Virginia

Daniel Murphy, Nationals – Jacksonville

Charlie Blackmon, Rockies – Georgia Tech

Paul Goldschmidt, Astros – Texas State

DJ LeMahieu, Rockies – LSU

Jake Lamb, Diamondbacks – Washington

Max Scherzer, Nationals – Missouri

Stephen Strasburg, Nationals – San Diego State

Pat Neshek, Rockies – Butler

Chris Devenski, Astros – Cal State Fullerton

Brandon Kintzler, Nationals – Dixie State (DII)

Alex Wood, Dodgers – Georgia

Justin Turner, Dodgers  Cal State Fullerton

Below is a breakdown of former NCAA baseball players in the MLB playoffs by conference:

Conference Number of players
SEC 39
ACC 23
Pac-12 19
American 11
Big Ten 9
Mountain West 8
Big West 8
Big 12 7
Conference USA 7
Mid-American 5
Sun Belt 5
Atlantic Sun 4
Missouri Valley 4
West Coast 4
Big South 3
Colonial 3
Ohio Valley 3
Southern 3
Big East 2
Horizon 2
Ivy 2
Southland 1

Below is a breakdown of former NCAA baseball players in the MLB playoffs by school:

School Number of players
Alabama 3
Arizona State 7
Arkansas 3
Auburn 1
Austin Peay 1
Ball State 1
Barry (DII) 1
Berry (DIII) 1
Bradley 1
Buffalo 1
Butler 1
Cal State Fullerton 3
California 2
Centenary (DIII) 1
Charleston 2
Charleston Southern 1
Cincinnati 1
Citadel 1
Clemson 2
Coastal Carolina 1
Connecticut 5
Dallas Baptist 1
Dartmouth 1
Dixie State (DII) 1
East Carolina 2
Eastern Mennonite (DIII) 1
Evansville 1
Florida 2
Florida Gulf Coast 1
Florida State 2
Fresno State 3
Georgia 4
Georgia Tech 2
Gonzaga 1
Hawaii 1
High Point 1
Illinois 1
Illinois State 1
Indiana 3
Jacksonville 1
Kennesaw State 1
Kent State 1
Kentucky 4
Long Beach State 2
Louisiana Lafayette 1
Louisville 1
Lynn (DII) 1
Merrimack (DII) 1
Miami (FL) 3
Miami (OH) 1
Michigan 1
Minnesota 1
Mississippi State 2
Missouri 3
Morehead State 1
NC State 1
Nebraska 2
Nevada 2
New Mexico 1
North Carolina 4
Northeastern 1
Notre Dame 1
Nova Southeastern (DII) 2
Oklahoma 1
Oklahoma State 1
Old Dominion 1
Ole Miss 1
Oregon 2
Oregon State 1
Rice 5
Rollins (DII) 1
Rutgers 1
Sam Houston State 1
San Diego 2
San Diego State 2
San Francisco 1
Seton Hall 1
Sonoma State (DII) 1
South Alabama 1
South Carolina 3
South Florida 2
Southern Miss 1
Stanford 1
Stetson 1
Tennessee 2
Tennessee Tech 1
Texas 2
Texas A&M 2
Texas State 2
Texas Tech 2
Texas-Arlington 1
Texas-Permian Basin (DII) 1
Tulane 1
UC Davis 1
UC Riverside 1
Vanderbilt 4
Virginia 7
Washington 1
Western Carolina 2
Western Michigan 1
Wright State 1
Yale 1

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