The 2020 MLB World Series is set between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays. All together, 42 total players from the two teams' 40-man rosters once played college baseball at NCAA schools.
Below is a full breakdown of where each former college baseball player on the Dodgers and Rays went to school. The list includes three College World Series champions and seven first-round draft picks.
Here's some more NCAA-related notes to know heading into the 2020 World Series:
- Of the 42 former NCAA student-athletes in the World Series, 37 different schools are represented. Cal State Fullerton, Louisville, Maryland, Mississippi State and Virginia all have two representatives each.
- The SEC leads all conferences with eight representatives across the two teams. The next most came from the ACC (six), Big Ten (four) and Big West (three). Fifteen DI conferences are represented in all.
- Four former Division II players and one from Division III are also on the 40-man rosters.
- The three former CWS national champions in the mix are all Dodgers — ace Walker Buehler, starting third baseman Justin Turner and taxi squad pitcher Josh Sborz. Before they were teammates, Buehler and Sborz went head-to-head in consecutive CWS finals, with Buehler's Vanderbilt Commodores prevailing in 2014 and Sborz's Virginia Cavaliers winning in 2015. Turner won the national title in 2004 with Cal State Fullerton.
- Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe and Dodgers reliever Adam Kolarek are the first Maryland Terrapins to reach the World Series since 1969. They're the first Terps to go head-to-head in the Fall Classic since 1917.
The 2020 MLB World Series runs from Tuesday, Oct. 20 to Wednesday Oct. 28, if necessary.
*Players not on the 28-man World Series rosters will be noted with an asterisk.
Tampa Bay Rays
Former Maryland Terrapin Brandon Lowe was the top hitter in the regular season for the top team in the American League. Lowe was named to the All-ACC third team as a redshirt freshman at Maryland in 2014 with a team-best .348 batting average and .464 on-base percentage. He had no drop-off in 2015, batting .331 with nine homers, 18 doubles and 53 RBIs.
Mike Brosseau went undrafted out of Oakland but has transformed into a postseason hero this year after hitting a go-ahead home run against the Yankees to send the Rays to the ALCS. At Oakland (2013-16), he was a two-time All-Horizon League first teamer with 20 career home runs.
Mike Zunino was Florida's first-ever two-time All-American catcher, finishing his Gators career with a .327 batting average and 47 home runs. He led UF to the CWS finals in 2011. This postseason, Zunino has four home runs heading into the World Series.
The Rays have plenty of talent in their bullpen, including a few former college arms. John Curtiss had 11 saves at Texas in two years. Peter Fairbanks posted a 3.40 ERA with 79 strikeouts for Missouri in 2015 before being selected in the ninth round. Shane McClanahan, who made his MLB debut in this year's ALDS, ended his time at USF in 2018 with two straight 100-strikeout seasons.
|Josh Fleming||P||Webster (DIII)|
|Shane McClanahan||P||South Florida|
|Colin Poche*||P||Dallas Baptist|
|Trevor Richards*||P||Drury (DII)|
|Ryan Yarbrough||P||Old Dominion|
|Nate Lowe*||1B||Mississippi State|
|Joey Wendle||2B||West Chester (Pa.) (DII)|
|Hunter Renfroe||LF||Mississippi State|
Los Angeles Dodgers
Former Louisville Cardinal Will Smith has blossomed into one of the top offensive catchers in his second year with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Smith slashed .291/.392/.410 in his three years at Louisville and was named to the 2016 All-ACC third team and Louisville Regional all-tournament team.
Reliever Blake Treinen transferred from Arkansas, where he was denied a walk-on opportunity, to South Dakota State where he played from 2010-11. He started 13 games for SDSU as a senior, going 7-3 with a 3.00 ERA and two complete games.
Justin Turner, a 2017 All-Star and NLCS MVP, reached the College World Series with Cal State Fullerton as a freshman in 2003 and hit his first college homer in Omaha. He followed that up with two more standout seasons that included 53 multi-hit games.
Walker Buehler won the national title as a sophomore at Vanderbilt in 2014, going 12-2 with one win coming in the CWS. He went 5-2 the next year in Vandy's runner-up finish before being drafted 24th overall in the 2015 MLB Draft.
|Scott Alexander*||P||Sonoma State (DII)|
|Dylan Floro||P||Cal State Fullerton|
|Tony Gonsolin||P||St. Mary's (CA)|
|Joe Kelly||P||UC Riverside|
|Blake Treinen||P||South Dakota State|
|Mitch White*||P||Santa Clara|
|Austin Barnes||C||Arizona State|
|Zach McKinstry*||2B||Central Michigan|
|Edwin Ríos||3B||Florida International|
|Justin Turner||3B||Cal State Fullerton|
|AJ Pollock||CF||Notre Dame|
|Luke Raley*||RF||Lake Erie (DII)|
Overall, 296 former NCAA baseball players, 159 different NCAA schools, 28 DI conferences and all three divisions were represented on this year's original 16 playoff teams. Below is a full breakdown of the colleges and conferences with the most players who participated in the 2020 MLB postseason.
Note: This includes all players listed on each team's official MLB.com 40-man roster, who are eligible for the 28-man active roster that will be determined before each round of the playoffs.
To skip ahead to see every former NCAA student-athlete from the other 2020 MLB playoff qualifiers, click on the following links: Astros | Athletics | Blue Jays | Indians | Twins | White Sox | Yankees | Braves | Brewers | Cardinals | Cubs | Marlins | Padres | Reds
Colleges with the most players in the 2020 MLB playoffs
|SCHOOL||PLAYERS||CONFERENCE OR DIVISION|
|Cal State Fullerton||8||Big West|
|Saint Mary's (CA)||3||WCC|
|St. John's (NY)||3||Big East|
|North Carolina State||2||ACC|
|San Diego State||2||MWC|
|South Dakota State||2||Summit|
|Texas Tech||2||Big 12|
|UC Davis||2||Big West|
|Alderson Broaddus (DII)||1||DII|
|Belmont Abbey (DII)||1||DII|
|Cal Poly||1||Big West|
|Cal State East Bay||1||DII|
|Charleston Southern||1||Big South|
|Coastal Carolina||1||Sun Belt|
|Florida Gulf Coast||1||ASUN|
|High Point||1||Big South|
|Kansas State||1||Big 12|
|Long Beach State||1||Big West|
|New Mexico State||1||WAC|
|Oklahoma State||1||Big 12|
|Saint Louis||1||Atlantic 10|
|Sam Houston State||1||Southland|
|South Carolina - Upstate||1||Big South|
|Southeast Missouri State||1||OVC|
|Stony Brook||1||America East|
|Texas State||1||Sun Belt|
|UC Irvine||1||Big West|
|UC Riverside||1||Big West|
|UC Santa Barbara||1||Big West|
|UMass Lowell||1||America East|
|Wayne State (MI)||1||DII|
|West Chester (Pa.)||1||DII|
|West Virginia||1||Big 12|
Conferences with the most players in the 2020 MLB playoffs
|CONFERENCE OR DIVISION||PLAYERS|
American League playoff teams
Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, a two-time All-Star and the 2019 AL MVP runner-up, wrapped up his LSU career (2013-15) with 56 doubles (eighth in program history) and a .337 career batting average. The Tigers made the College World Series his freshman and junior years.
UConn product George Springer, MVP of the 2017 World Series, was a two-time All-Big East first team selection and the 2011 Big East Player of the Year. He became the Huskies' highest-drafted player in program history when he was taken 11th overall in the 2011 MLB Draft.
|Joe Biagini||P||UC Davis|
|Brandon Bielak||P||Notre Dame|
|Chris Devenski||P||Cal State Fullerton|
|Brooks Raley||P||Texas A&M|
|Andre Scrubb||P||High Point|
|Cy Sneed||P||Dallas Baptist|
|Justin Verlander||P||Old Dominion|
|Dustin Garneau||C||Cal State Fullerton|
Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien finished third in AL MVP voting in 2019 and had seven homers in 53 games this season. He broke out as a sophomore at Cal in 2010, when he batted .328 with 17 doubles and 34 RBIs.
Left-hander Sean Manaea is third on Indiana State's all-time strikeouts list with 290 in his three-year career. As a junior in 2013, Manaea posted a school-record 1.47 ERA and averaged 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
|Mike Fiers||P||Nova Southeastern (DII)|
|Sean Manaea||P||Indiana State|
|Lou Trivino||P||Slippery Rock (DII)|
|Austin Allen||C||Florida Tech (DII)|
|Sean Murphy||C||Wright State|
|Matt Chapman||3B||Cal State Fullerton|
|Tommy La Stella||2B||Coastal Carolina|
|Skye Bolt||RF||North Carolina|
|Khris Davis||LF||Cal State Fullerton|
|Chad Pinder||LF||Virginia Tech|
Toronto Blue Jays
Second-year star Cavan Biggio, son of Baseball Hall of Famer Craig, is one key part of Toronto's young nucleus of offensive talent. From 2014-16, Biggio had a .272/.406/.425 slash line with 42 multi-hit games in 167 appearances for Notre Dame.
Rookie Thomas Hatch was a reliable arm in the Blue Jays' bullpen this year, posting a 2.73 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 26.1 innings. Hatch led Oklahoma State to the 2016 CWS as a starter, finishing his redshirt sophomore season 9-3 with a 2.14 ERA.
|Anthony Bass||P||Wayne State (MI) (DII)|
|Thomas Hatch||P||Oklahoma State|
|Julian Merryweather||P||Oklahoma Baptist (DII)|
|Jordan Romano||P||Oral Roberts|
|Matt Shoemaker||P||Eastern Michigan|
|Ross Stripling||P||Texas A&M|
|Trent Thornton||P||North Carolina|
|Jacob Waguespack||P||Ole Miss|
|Cavan Biggio||2B||Notre Dame|
|Joe Panik||2B||St. John's (NY)|
|Travis Shaw||3B||Kent State|
|Jonathan Davis||CF||Central Arkansas|
Shane Bieber will likely win this year's AL Cy Young Award after locking down the pitching Triple Crown with a league-best eight wins, 1.63 ERA and 122 strikeouts. He was just as good in college, ranking third in wins (23), fifth in ERA (2.73) and second in strikeouts (237) in UCSB history. He led the Gauchos to the 2016 CWS, racking up 18 strikeouts in three spectacular postseason starts.
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Outfielder Tyler Naquin was the 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year for Texas A&M after leading the NCAA in hits with 104. He went on a 27-game hit streak that season, one game shy of the program record.
|Shane Bieber||P||UC Santa Barbara|
|Adam Cimber||P||San Francisco|
|Phil Maton||P||Louisiana Tech|
|Zach Plesac||P||Ball State|
|Daniel Johnson||RF||New Mexico State|
|Jordan Luplow||RF||Fresno State|
|Tyler Naquin||RF||Texas A&M|
|Bradley Zimmer||CF||San Francisco|
Rich Hill pitched to a 3.03 ERA in his age-40 season, his first with the Twins. At Michigan from 2000-02, the left-hander struck out 229 batters in 177.1 innings before being selected in the fourth round in 2002.
Slugger Josh Donaldson, another first-year Twin, split time at catcher and third base for Auburn from 2005-07. Donaldson finished his Auburn career with 28 home runs, including 11 his junior year to go along with 17 stolen bases.
|Randy Dobnak||P||Alderson Broaddus (DII)|
|Sergio Romo||P||Colorado Mesa (DII)|
|Cody Stashak||P||St. John's (NY)|
|Caleb Thielbar||P||South Dakota State|
|Mitch Garver||C||New Mexico|
|Ryan Jeffers||C||UNC Wilmington|
|Brent Rooker||OF||Mississippi State|
|LaMonte Wade Jr.||LF||Maryland|
Chicago White Sox
Garrett Crochet had the distinction of becoming the first player from the 2020 MLB Draft to appear in the Majors — and the first MLB player to skip the minor leagues since 2010. The lefty fireballer only made his debut on Sept. 18 but still finished second in the Majors this year with 45 pitches reaching 100 miles per hour. Crochet was drafted in the first round this past June out of Tennessee, where he struck out 140 batters in 132 innings in three years.
White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal was a standout at Miami from 2008-10. He closed out his Hurricanes career batting .401 with 15 homers in 2010, en route to being named ACC Player of the Year and a Golden Spikes finalist (won by Bryce Harper).
|Bernardo Flores Jr.||P||USC|
|Jace Fry||P||Oregon State|
|Codi Heuer||P||Wichita State|
|Jimmy Lambert||P||Fresno State|
|Evan Marshall||P||Kansas State|
|Carlos Rodón||P||North Carolina State|
|Zack Collins||C||Miami (Fla.)|
|Yasmani Grandal||C||Miami (Fla.)|
|Seby Zavala||C||San Diego State|
|Nick Madrigal||2B||Oregon State|
|Danny Mendick||SS||UMass Lowell|
|Luis González||CF||New Mexico|
New York Yankees
The Yankees were the first team since 1959 to have a pair of teammates lead the majors in batting average and home runs (DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit) at the end of the regular season. LeMahieu was the lead-off hitter on LSU's 2009 national championship squad. He hit .444 in Omaha and was named to the CWS all-tournament team. Voit was a four-year contributor at Missouri State (2010-13). In his final two years, he hit eight homers and drove in 76 runs.
Gerrit Cole left UCLA (2009-11) with the second-most strikeouts in program history with 376. He led the Bruins to the 2010 CWS, where he had a 13-strikeout outing against TCU.
|Jonathan Holder||P||Mississippi State|
|Tommy Kahnle||P||Lynn (DII)|
|Michael King||P||Boston College|
|Jordan Montgomery||P||South Carolina|
|Clarke Schmidt||P||South Carolina|
|Erik Kratz||C||Eastern Mennonite (DIII)|
|Luke Voit||1B||Missouri State|
|Aaron Judge||RF||Fresno State|
National League playoff teams
The Braves had three of Vanderbilt's eight representatives in this year's playoff field, including former first-round draft picks Dansby Swanson (No. 1, 2015) and Kyle Wright (No. 5, 2017). Swanson was selected first overall by the Diamondbacks after helping the Commodores reach consecutive CWS finals appearances. He was named CWS Most Outstanding Player for the 2014 national champions.
Adam Duvall caught fire in September, bashing 11 home runs in a single month for the NL East champs. In college, Duvall had stops at Western Kentucky, Chipola JC and Louisville. In his first season with Louisville in 2009, he had 11 home runs and 51 RBIs in 65 games.
|A.J. Minter||P||Texas A&M|
|Chad Sobotka||P||South Carolina - Upstate|
|Josh Tomlin||P||Texas Tech|
|Nick Markakis||RF||Young Harris (DII)|
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Corbin Burnes had a breakout 2020 season, emerging as a Cy Young contender with a 2.11 ERA in nine starts, before straining his oblique in the last week of the regular season. The former St. Mary's Gael was a 2016 All-WCC first-teamer and pitched six complete games over his final two seasons (2015-16).
Keston Hiura was the NCAA batting champ in 2017, hitting .442 with a .567 on-base percentage for UC Irvine. His offensive prowess earned him Golden Spikes Award semifinalist honors.
|Corbin Burnes||P||St. Mary's (CA)|
|J.P. Feyereisen||P||Wisconsin-Stevens Point (DIII)|
|Eric Lauer||P||Kent State|
|Drew Rasmussen||P||Oregon State|
|Justin Topa||P||LIU Brooklyn|
|Bobby Wahl||P||Ole Miss|
|Brandon Woodruff||P||Mississippi State|
|Jedd Gyorko||3B||West Virginia|
|Keston Hiura||2B||UC Irvine|
|Mark Mathias||2B||Cal Poly|
|Jace Peterson||3B||McNeese State|
|Eric Sogard||2B||Arizona State|
|Ryan Braun||LF||Miami (Fla.)|
St. Louis Cardinals
Six-time All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt owns the Texas State career records with 36 home runs and 170 RBIs, doing so from 2007-09. Goldschmidt was the Southland Player of the Year and a third-team All-American as a junior.
Harrison Bader was one of seven Florida Gators in the postseason. The speedy outfielder was named to the 2015 CWS all-tournament team and is one of 11 Gators to reach 20 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals in his career, according to Florida Athletics.
|Seth Elledge||P||Dallas Baptist|
|Austin Gomber||P||Florida Atlantic|
|Ryan Helsley||P||Northeastern State (DII)|
|Dakota Hudson||P||Mississippi State|
|Miles Mikolas||P||Nova Southeastern (DII)|
|Andrew Miller||P||North Carolina|
|Daniel Ponce de Leon||P||Embry-Riddle (DII)|
|Tyler Webb||P||South Carolina|
|Kodi Whitley||P||Mount Olive (DII)|
|Andrew Knizner||C||North Carolina State|
|Matt Wieters||C||Georgia Tech|
|Paul DeJong||SS||Illinois State|
|Paul Goldschmidt||1B||Texas State|
|John Nogowski||1B||Florida State|
|Max Schrock||2B||South Carolina|
Before Kris Bryant broke through as 2015 NL Rookie of the Year and 2016 NL MVP, he was a three-year star at San Diego. In his 2013 junior season, Bryant crushed an NCAA-best 31 home runs and took home both the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy for best player in the nation.
Nico Hoerner made the All-Pac-12 team in back-to-back seasons as part of Stanford's middle infield. Hoerner hit .345 and scored 45 runs as a junior in 2018, leading to his selection at No. 24 overall in that year's MLB Draft.
|Andrew Chafin||P||Kent State|
|Tyson Miller||P||Cal Baptist|
|James Norwood||P||Saint Louis|
|Josh Osich||P||Oregon State|
|Colin Rea||P||Indiana State|
|Ryan Tepera||P||Sam Houston State|
|Kris Bryant||3B||San Diego|
|Daniel Descalso||2B||UC Davis|
|Jason Kipnis||2B||Arizona State|
|Patrick Wisdom||1B||Saint Mary's (CA)|
Jon Berti's name is prominent throughout Bowling Green's record book. He owns BGSU's single-season record for hits (93) and is tied for first in single-season triples (six — done twice), third in stolen bases (29) and tied for fifth in runs (62).
Brian Anderson, the Marlins' 2020 home run leader with 11, played for Arkansas from 2012-14 and hit .328 as a junior and .318 over his three-year career in Fayetteville.
|Richard Bleier||P||Florida Gulf Coast|
|Robert Dugger||P||Texas Tech|
|Brandon Kintzler||P||Dixie State (DII)|
|Brandon Leibrandt||P||Florida State|
|Brian Moran||P||North Carolina|
|Mike Morin||P||North Carolina|
|Josh A. Smith||P||Lipscomb|
|Alex Vesia||P||Cal State East Bay (DII)|
|Nick Vincent||P||Long Beach State|
|Chad Wallach||P||Cal State Fullerton|
|Jon Berti||3B||Bowling Green|
|Matt Joyce||LF||Florida Southern (DII)|
San Diego Padres
Southpaw reliever Drew Pomeranz was the SEC Pitcher of the Year and a Golden Spikes Award finalist in 2010 for Mississippi. Pomeranz ended his Ole Miss career with 21 wins, including a memorable complete-game victory over Western Kentucky to send the Rebels to the 2009 Super Regionals.
NL Rookie of the Year candidate Jake Cronenworth was a two-way star for Michigan (2013-15), leaving the Wolverines tied for 13th in career hits and second in saves in school history.
|Austin Adams||P||South Florida|
|Dan Altavilla||P||Mercyhurst (DII)|
|Pierce Johnson||P||Missouri State|
|Joey Lucchesi||P||Southeast Missouri State|
|Emilio Pagán||P||Belmont Abbey (DII)|
|Drew Pomeranz||P||Ole Miss|
|Taylor Williams||P||Kent State|
|Mitch Moreland||1B||Mississippi State|
|Greg Allen||LF||San Diego State|
Trevor Bauer could add a 2020 Cy Young Award to his list of accolades, which already includes a 2011 Golden Spikes Award. He won the latter after a junior year at UCLA where he finished 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA, 10 complete games and a nation-best 203 strikeouts.
Relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen was one of eight former Cal State Fullerton Titans in the playoffs, tied with Vanderbilt for most representatives. Lorenzen was a 2013 Golden Spikes Award semifinalist and first-team All-American according to four different outlets. He served as CSU Fullerton's starting center fielder and closer, finishing with 11 career home runs and 35 saves. He's carried that two-way ability into the Majors, as he has seven home runs through his first six big-league seasons.
|José De León||P||Southern|
|Amir Garrett||P||St. John's (NY)|
|Ryan Hendrix||P||Texas A&M|
|Michael Lorenzen||P||Cal State Fullerton|
|Wade Miley||P||Southeastern Louisiana|
|Tyler Thornburg||P||Charleston Southern|
|Travis Jankowski||RF||Stony Brook|