April 7, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Eighteen former Buckeyes are set to begin their professional baseball seasons this weekend. Catcher Eric Fryer headlines the talented group of players, making the Opening Day roster for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Six Buckeye pitchers made triple-A rosters, including Brad Goldberg, who recently competed with Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He’s joined by Cory Luebke on the Charlotte Knights – the triple-A affiliate for the Chicago White Sox. A trio of 2008 Buckeye teammates – J.B. Shuck, Alex Wimmers and Drew Rucinski – will all start their 2017 seasons with the Rochester Red Wings, the triple-A affiliate for the Minnesota Twins. Brett McKinney will make his debut with the Indianapolis Indians.
Travis Lakins made his debut last night for the Salem Red Sox and had an Opening Night to remember, striking out nine batters in 5.1 scoreless innings.
A Big Ten-best six Buckeyes were taken in the MLB Draft last summer. See below to see where the Buckeyes are located and check back at OhioStateBuckeyes.com for updates on our pro baseball Buckeyes.
2017 Ohio State Baseball Pro Buckeyes
Eric Fryer (2005-07) – St. Louis Cardinals
Brad Goldberg (2011-13) – Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox)
Cory Luebke (2005-07) – Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox)
Drew Rucinski (2008-11) – Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins)
Alex Wimmers (2008-10) – Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins)
J.B. Shuck (2006-08) – Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins)
Brett McKinney (2009-13) – Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates)
John Kuchno (2011-12) – Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Jaron Long (2012-13) – Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals)
Ryan Riga (2013-15) – Winston-Salem Dash (Chicago White Sox)
Travis Lakins (2013-15) – Salem Red Sox (Red Sox)
Pat Porter (2012-15) – Buies Creek Astros (Houston Astros)
Nick Sergakis (2014-16) – St. Lucie Mets (New York Mets)
Connor Sabanosh (2014-15) – San Jose Giants (San Francisco Giants)
Ronnie Dawson (2014-16) – Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston Astros)
Jacob Bosiokovic (2013-16) – Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies)
Troy Montgomery (2014-16) – Burlington Bees (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
Tanner Tully (2014-16) – Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians)