Opening Day MLB Rosters Feature 13 C-USA Players
April 3, 2007
A total of 13 players from Conference USA schools appeared on the opening day rosters of Major League Baseball teams as the American and National leagues began regular season play this week. Seven of C-USA's nine baseball schools are represented, with players appearing on 10 different big league teams. Six of the 13 players are pitchers, while three are outfielders.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are the only major league team with three C-USA players on its opening day roster. Former East Carolina star Chad Tracy starts at third base, ex-Houston standout Chris Snyder starts at catcher and former Tulane two-way star Micah Owings, the 2005 C-USA Player of the Year, has earned a spot in the Diamondbacks starting pitching rotation.
Houston has the most major league players with five, followed by cross-town rival Rice with three. In addition to Snyder, the Cougars pro standouts include Astros veteran starting pitcher Woody Williams, Twins reliever Jesse Crain, Nationals reliever Ryan Wagner and Phillies reserve outfielder Michael Bourn. Padres outfielder Jose Cruz, Jr. and White sox relief pitcher David Aardsma join Berkman among Rice's current major leaguers.
Memphis is represented by Marlins starting second baseman Dan Uggla, a runner-up for National League Rookie of the Year last season. UCF's current major league rep is Mike Maroth, a regular in the Detroit Tigers rotation, while former Southern Miss sidewinder Chad Bradford begins his first season in the Baltimore Orioles bullpen.
Here's a look at all of the C-USA players on current MLB rosters.
Player Position MLB Affiliation C-USA School Chad Tracy 3B Arizona Diamondbacks East Carolina Michael Bourn OF Philadelphia Phillies Houston Jesse Crain RHP Minnesota Twins Houston Chris Snyder C Arizona Diamondbacks Houston Ryan Wagner RHP Washington Nationals Houston Woody Williams RHP Houston Astros Houston Dan Uggla 2B Florida Marlins Memphis David Aardsma RHP Chicago White Sox Rice Lance Berkman OF Houston Astros Rice Jose Cruz, Jr. OF San Diego Padres Rice Chad Bradford RHP Baltimore Orioles Southern Miss Micah Owings P Arizona Diamondbacks Tulane Mike Maroth LHP Detroit Tigers UCF