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Wayne Cavadi | | July 8, 2019

Where the 2019 MLB All-Stars played college baseball

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The 2019 MLB All-Star Game rosters have been voted on and picked. The American League and National League will go head-to-head for bragging rights Tuesday, July 9 from Progressive Field in Cleveland. First pitch is at 7:30 p.m. ET and you can follow the action on Fox.

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Of the 64 players initially voted or selected to both All-Star rosters, 24 began their careers playing NCAA college baseball, with five more added as injury replacements. Before we get into specifics, let's take a look at how the rosters break down.

  • SEC schools lead the way with eight players voted or selected. Vanderbilt and LSU both sent two players apiece, the most of any program in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game. The SEC's dominance extended to 10 with injury replacements. Vanderbilt's Sonny Gray now gives the Commodores three All-Stars and Brandon Woodruff out of Mississippi State gives the SEC 10 former players on the rosters. 
  • Six American League All-Stars and five National League All-Stars played in Omaha at the College World Series. DJ LeMahieu (LSU, 2009), Whit Merrifield (South Carolina, 2010) and Walker Buehler (Vanderbilt, 2014) all won CWS titles and played big roles for their teams in doing so. The complete list:
    • Yasmani Grandal (Miami (Fla.)): 2008
    • DJ LeMahieu (LSU): 2008 and 2009
    • James McCann (Arkansas): 2009
    • Whit Merrifield (South Carolina): 2010
    • Gerrit Cole (UCLA): 2010
    • Sonny Gray (Vanderbilt): 2011
    • Brandon Woodruff (Mississippi State): 2013
    • Alex Bregman (LSU): 2013 and 2015
    • Walker Buehler (Vanderbilt): 2014 and 2015
    • Pete Alonso (Florida): 2015 and 2016
    • Shane Bieber (UC Santa Barbara): 2016
  • There are two Dick Howser Award winners, both on the National League squad: Anthony Rendon (Rice) won it in 2010 and Kris Bryant (San Diego) won in 2013.
  • Bryant also earned the 2013 Golden Spikes Award and is the lone winner on the All-Star rosters.
  • JD Martinez is the lone player to hail from Division II baseball. 
  • The American League has four starters who played NCAA college baseball. The National League? None.
  • Of the initial players selected to the game, the Houston Astros lead the way with four former NCAA college baseball All-Stars: Bregman, Cole, George Springer (UConn) and Justin Verlander (Old Dominion). The New York Mets, with Alonso, Jacob deGrom (Stetson) and Jeff McNeil (Long Beach State), are a close second.

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Let's take a closer look at some of the standout college baseball careers from the All-Star rosters.

DJ LeMahieu, New York Yankees | LSU: The former Tigers infielder slashed .344/.405/.470 in two years at Baton Rouge, reaching the College World Series in both seasons. He made the all-tournament team and helped LSU claim its sixth national championship in 2009.

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Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs | San Diego: Bryant's 2013 with USD was one for the ages. He slashed .329/.493/.820 while blasting 31 home runs and winning just about every award imaginable, including the Golden Spikes and Dick Howser. That year also marked the last trip for San Diego to the NCAA baseball tournament.

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Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals | Rice: Rendon exploded onto the Texas baseball scene for Rice, first winning freshman of the year honors with an Owls freshman-record 20 home runs, before posting an absurd .394/.539/.801, 26-home run, 85-RBI sophomore campaign. He finished his career with 52 home runs as one of the most prolific home run hitters in Rice history.

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Pete Alonso, New York Mets | Florida: Alonso guaranteed that every June you'll hear his name mentioned in College World Series broadcasts. The Gators slugger hit not one, but two of the longest home runs in College World Series history during his career, a trait that seems to be carrying over to his MLB days.

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Justin Verlander, Houston Astros | Old Dominion: It was tough for Verlander to garner the same overall success of national honors and College World Series appearances playing for a smaller school, but he certainly left his mark. Verlander is the all-time all-time strikeout leader in Monarchs, Colonial Athletic Association and Commonwealth of Virginia history with 427 in his three-year stint.

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Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals | South Carolina: The former Gamecock had a stellar career, slashing .329/.389/.489 with 27 home runs in three years with South Carolina. It was his last hit, however, that would go down as one of the most iconic in CWS lore. His walk-off winner in the 11th inning of the CWS finals against UCLA not only brought South Carolina its first national title, but closed the doors on Rosenblatt Stadium in stunning fashion as the CWS moved to TD Ameritrade Park Omaha the very next season.

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Here is the complete list of former college baseball players in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game.

Complete AL and NL rosters.

Player Position MLB Team College  
DJ LeMahieu 2B New York Yankees LSU
Alex Bregman 3B Houston Astros LSU
George Springer OF Houston Astros UConn
Hunter Pence ^ OF Texas Rangers UT Arlington
James McCann C Chicago White Sox Arkansas
Tommy La Stella ^ 2B Los Angeles Angels Coastal Carolina
Brandon Lowe + ^ 2B Tampa Bay Rays Maryland
Matt Chapman 3B Oakland A's Cal State Fullerton
Whit Merrifield OF Kansas City Royals South Carolina
J.D. Martinez* DH Boston Red Sox Nova Southeastern*
Gerrit Cole RHP Houston Astros UCLA
John Means LHP Baltimore Orioles West Virginia
Mike Minor ^ LHP Texas Rangers Vanderbilt
Marcus Stroman ^ RHP Toronto Blue Jays Duke
Shane Bieber + RHP Cleveland Indians UC Santa Barbara
Justin Verlander RHP Houston Astros Old Dominion
Yasmani Grandal C Milwaukee Brewers Miami (FL)
Pete Alonso 1B New York Mets Florida
Max Muncy + 1B Los Angeles Dodgers Baylor
Kris Bryant 3B Chicago Cubs San Diego
Anthony Rendon ^ 3B Washington Nationals Rice
Paul DeJong SS St. Louis Cardinals Illinois State
Charlie Blackmon OF Colorado Rockies Georgia Tech
Jeff McNeil OF New York Mets Long Beach State
Walker Buehler RHP Los Angeles Dodgers Vanderbilt
Jacob deGrom RHP New York Mets Stetson
Sonny Gray + RHP Cincinnati Reds Vanderbilt
Max Scherzer ^ RHP Washington Nationals Missouri
Brandon Woodruff + RHP Milwaukee Brewers Mississippi State
  • * = Division II program
  • ^ = Will miss the All-Star Game
  • + = Injury replacement

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