Seven former Stanford baseball players made Opening Day rosters on Major League Baseball teams. The total is the second-highest among Pac-12 school's behind Arizona State's 11.
The Houston Astros have the biggest contingent of Stanford players with catcher Jason Castro and shortstop Jed Lowrie expected to take starting roles for manager A.J. Hinch, a member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame. Castro is also one of two former All-Stars along with Atlanta's Carlos Quentin, who was dealt to the Braves April 4 from San Diego.
Stanford Players in Major League Baseball
Jason Castro, Houston
Sam Fuld, Oakland
Jeremy Guthrie, Kansas City
Jed Lowrie, Houston
John Mayberry, New York (N)
Carlos Quentin, Atlanta
Drew Storen, Washington
Several others could make an impact for MLB teams this season. Stephen Piscotty (St. Louis), Scott Snodgress (Los Angeles Angels) and Mark Appel (Houston), the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, are among those that have the potential to get the call in 2015.
Meanwhile, the Pac-12 Conference will feature 42 former players on MLB rosters and another five as its managers. But it does not stop there, as dugouts, broadcast booths, an owner's box and the general manager chair will feature Pac-12 affiliated personnel, as well.
The MLB list includes 13 former All-Stars, including former MVP Dustin Pedroia (Arizona State) and fellow Gold Glove All-Star teammate Andre Ethier (Arizona State). Also making All-Star teams are Jacoby Ellsbury (Oregon State), Chase Utley (UCLA), Carlos Quentin (Stanford) and two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (Washington). Another Cy Young winner, Barry Zito (USC), will start the year in Triple-A with the A's. Ian Kinsler, a four-time All-Star, finished his collegiate career at Missouri but played with Pedroia and Ethier at ASU.
Overall, four former Pac-12 players are with the A's and three each are with the Dodgers and Padres
In the dugouts of Major League baseball, five managers have played at Pac-12 schools including Indians skipper Terry Francona (Arizona) and Athletics manager Bob Melvin (California). MLB staffs will include another 18 former Pac-12 players.
Ruben Amaro, Jr. is the long-time general manager for the Phillies, while fellow Stanford product, Bob Boone, is an assistant GM with the Nationals. Farhan Zaidi earned a Ph.D from Cal and is the GM of the Dodgers. Arte Moreno, the owner of the Angels, is an Arizona graduate.
According to baseball-reference.com, the Pac-12's current membership has produced 729 Major Leaguers, led by USC's 128 and Arizona State's 125. Every current Conference member (even Colorado which had a program from the 1890s until 1980) has had at least one Major Leaguer.
Eight players have earned a spot in Cooperstown, including Reggie Jackson (ASU), Jim Palmer (ASU) Jackie Robinson (UCLA), Randy Johnson (USC) and Tom Seaver (USC).