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Tars in the Pros
Courtesy: Rollins Athletics  
Release: 05/27/2008
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MAJOR LEAGUE PROFILES (Active)

Ryan Hanigan

Former Rollins baseball standout Ryan Hanigan was promoted by the Cincinnati Reds to the major leagues in September 2007. 'Hanigan made his debut with the Reds on September 9, pinch hitting in the fifth inning and hitting a double off Milwaukee Brewers starter Ben Sheets.' He made his first start at catcher in the Reds' 6-5 win over Milwaukee on September 14, and in the final game of the season he started, batting second in the lineup, and hit 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.' Hanigan remained on the Reds' 40-man roster to begin the 2008 season and started the season playing catcher for the Triple-A affiliate Louisville Bats of the International League.  Since his debut with the Red, Hanigan has now caught two no-hitters, most recently on July 3 as Homer Bailey pitched his second no-hitter in 10 months.

Hanigan played three years for the Tars, seeing time mostly in the outfield.' Hanigan's .359 career average at Rollins ranks him seventh in program history.' After playing in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2002, Hanigan elected to sign a free agent contract with the Reds and start his professional career.' Since that time, he has played catcher for the Reds' affiliates in Chattanooga, Dayton, Louisville, and Potomac.' In nearly 500 minor league games, Hanigan has a career average of .289 with 69 doubles, 14 homeruns, and 167 RBI.

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG
2007 5 10 3 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 .300 .364 .400

2008

31

85

9

23

2

0

2

9

0

0

10

9

.271

.367

.365

2009

90

251

22

66

6

1

3

11

0

0

37

31

.263

.361

.331

2010

70

203

25

61

11

0

5

40

0

0

33

21

.300

.405

.429

2011

91

266

27

71

6

0

6

31

0

0

35

32

.267

.356

.357

2012

112

317

25

87

14

0

2

24

0

0

44

37

.274

.365

.338

Career

399

1,132

111

311

40

1

18

117

0

0

160

132

.275

.379

.360

 

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MAJOR LEAGUE PROFILES (Retired)

John Castino

The most prominent Tar to play professional baseball was former Minnesota Twins star John Castino.' A standout at Rollins from 1974-76, Castino advanced through the minor leagues quickly and was called up to the big leagues as a third baseman in 1979.' After hitting .285 with 26 extra-base hits and playing excellent defense, the former Tar finished in a first place tie in the voting for American League Rookie of the Year with Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Alfredo Griffin.' Castino stayed at the hot corner for Minnesota and led the AL in 1981 with nine triples in just 101 games.' After a move to second base in 1982 due to the arrival of third baseman Gary Gaetti, Castino would play three more seasons for the Twins before his career was prematurely cut short due to chronic back pain.

He returned to Rollins and finished his degree in 1984 before completing his MBA at St. Thomas.' Castino ranks fifth in Rollins history in homeruns (28), second in RBI (170), first in triples (18), second in slugging percentage (.620), 10th in total bases (346), and fourth in extra-base hits (85).' He also holds the program single season record for triples with eight in 1974.

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG
1979 148 393 49 112 13 8 5 52 5 2 27 72 .285 .331 .397
1980 150 546 67 165 17 7 13 64 7 5 29 67 .302 .336 .430
1981 101 381 41 102 13 9 6 36 4 5 18 52 .268 .301 .396
1982 117 410 48 99 12 6 6 37 2 5 36 51 .241 .304 .344
1983 142 563 83 156 30 4 11 57 4 2 62 54 .277 .348 .403
1984 8 27 5 12 1 0 0 3 0 0 5 2 .444 .531 .481
Career 666 2320 293 646 86 34 41 249 22 19 177 298 .278 .329 .398

 

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Clay Bellinger

After 10 years as a career minor leaguer, former Rollins infielder Clay Bellinger timed his promotion to the majors perfectly.' Bellinger was called up by the New York Yankees in 1999, and the utility player was a part of the 1999 and 2000 World Series winning teams.' He did not appear in the 1999 World Series against the Atlanta Braves, but the following year he appeared in all four of the Yankees' wins as a pinch runner and defensive replacement in the subway series against the New York Mets.' Bellinger returned to the World Series with the Yankees in 2001, but the Arizona Diamondbacks were victorious in a thrilling seven-game series.

Bellinger was unable to fight his way back into the majors after hitting .194 after his first three seasons.' He signed with the Anaheim Angels in 2002 but appeared in just two major league games.' After comeback attempts in the minor leagues with the San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles systems, he chose to retire at the age of 35 after the 2004 season.' Bellinger finished his minor league career with an average of .255 in over 1,000 games through 13 seasons.' He made an appearance in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, playing for the Greek national team.

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG
1999 32 45 12 9 2 0 1 2 1 0 1 10 .200 .217 .311
2000 98 184 33 38 8 2 6 21 5 0 17 48 .207 .288 .370
2001 51 81 12 13 1 1 5 12 1 2 4 23 .160 .207 .383
2002 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Career 183 311 57 60 11 3 12 35 7 2 22 82 .193 .257 .363

 

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COMPLETE LIST OF ROLLINS PLAYERS IN MLB
(through 2007 season)

Clay Bellinger (New York Yankees, Anaheim Angels: 1999-2002)
John Castino (Minnesota Twins: 1979-1984)
Johnny Gray (Philadelphia Athletics, Kansas City Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies: 1954-1958)
Ryan Hanigan (Cincinnati Reds: 2007)
Ed Levy (Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees: 1940-1944)
Del Mason (Washington Senators, Cincinnati Reds: 1904-1907)
Stover McIlwain (Chicago White Sox: 1957-1958)
Brian Meyer (Houston Astros: 1988-1990)
Zach Taylor (Brooklyn Robins, Boston Braves, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers: 1920-1935)


ROLLINS PLAYERS IN MLB DRAFT

YEAR PLAYER ROUND MLB TEAM
1965 Robert Gustafson 34 St. Louis Cardinals
1966 Robert Chandler 62 Los Angeles Dodgers
1968 Jeffrey Burns 64 Los Angeles Dodgers
1972 Richard Magner 18 Los Angeles Dodgers
1972 James Raynor 30 Texas Rangers
1975 John Goetz * 2 Houston Astros
1976 John Castino 3 Minnesota Twins
1976 Theodore O'Neil * 9 New York Mets
1977 David Hall 7 Montreal Expos
1977 Rowland Keys 15 New York Yankees
1977 Bruce McAllister 8 Montreal Expos
1979 Rusty Piggott 29 New York Yankees
1979 Frank Ricci 26 New York Yankees
1980 Rusty Piggott 23 Chicago Cubs
1981 Brett Ragland 8 Los Angeles Dodgers
1983 Glenn Sherlock 21 Houston Astros
1983 Tad Slowik 27 Chicago Cubs
1984 Eric Bolling 22 Pittsburgh Pirates
1986 Brian Meyer 16 Houston Astros
1986 Robert Simmons 29 Montreal Expos
1988 Greg Conley 26 San Diego Padres
1989 Clay Bellinger 2 San Francisco Giants
1990 Harry Ball 30 St. Louis Cardinals
1990 Mike Lynch 31 Milwaukee Brewers
1991 Carmine Cappuccio 30 Chicago White Sox
1991 Chris Mader 53 Chicago White Sox
1992 Carmine Cappuccio 9 Chicago White Sox
1992 Chris Mader 49 Chicago White Sox
1993 Mike Cecere 53 San Francisco Giants
1993 Tony Rich 81 Chicago Cubs
1994 Ben Fleetham 36 Montreal Expos
1994 Tony Rich 14 Houston Astros
1994 Gregg Smyth 72 New York Mets
1995 Tom Peck 42 Toronto Blue Jays
1995 Gregg Smyth 33 Houston Astros
1996 Sean Connolly 24 Chicago White Sox
1996 Rob Stanton 8 Cleveland Indians
1998 Pedro Rodriguez 32 New York Mets
1999 Brent Haworth 20 Anaheim Angels
2000 Justin Sherrod 19 Boston Red Sox
2001 Mark O'Sullivan 25 Anaheim Angels
2002 Kevin Davidson 28 Houston Astros
2004 Steve Edsall 22 Colorado Rockies
2006 Eduardo Chile 38 Los Angeles of Anaheim
2010 Tim Griffin 28 Seattle Mariners

 

'* player selected in January draft for high school and college players who graduated in the winter


MINOR LEAGUE PROFILES (Active)

Tim Griffin

A staple in the Rollins baseball program in his final two seasons, right-handed pitcher Tim Griffin was selected in the 28th round, 852nd pick overall, by the Seattle Mariners in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft. 

Griffin capped off his two-year career at Rollins by leading the Tars to the 2010 Division II South Region Tournament for the first time since 2005.  He finished with a 2.76 ERA and an 11-3 record with seven complete-games and three shutouts to lead the team.  Griffin ended his senior year named Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Year and was also named to the ABCA and NCBWA All-America Second Team.  The Jacksonville, Fla. native also garnered Daktronics All-America Third Team accolades. 

Minor League Stats


Stephen Hiscock 

Stephen Hiscock began his professional baseball career when he signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Rays in the summer of the 2010.  The Naugatuck, Conn. native was assigned to the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Ray's Class A short-season affiliate.  The right-hander now plays for the Gary Southshore Railcats in Gary, Ind.

Hiscock helped guide Rollins back to the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament for the first time since 2005.  The right-hander finished his collegiate career named to the Sunshine State Conference second team.  He tallied a 7-2 record with a 3.67 ERA in over 100 innings.  He also collected two-complete game shutouts.  He also is ranked eighth in the all-time records in strikeouts per 9 innings with 8.28.

Minor League Stats


Kevin Mager
The former Rollins standout started a new chapter in his baseball career as he signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox organization in 2012.  The Middletown, N.J. native was assigned to the Gulf Coast League (Rookie) Red Sox.  Since joining the Red Sox organization, the infielder has moved up to the Short-Season A Lowell Spinners.
Mager concluded his career at Rollins ranking in the top-20 in multiple statistical categories in the Tars' career books.  During his junior campaign, he became the single-season leader in triples with nine, surpassing John Castino.  Mager was a two-time All-Sunshine State Conference selection in his three year career with the Tars.

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MINOR LEAGUE PROFILES (Retired)

Kevin Davidson

Former Rollins catcher Kevin Davidson was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 28th round of the 2002 draft.' Davidson played for the Astros' Double A (Corpus Christi - Texas League) and Triple A (Round Rock - Pacific Coast League) affiliates in 2007.' Through six years in the minors, Davidson had a career average of .248 with 15 homeruns through 285 games.' His most productive season came with Single A Salem (Carolina League) in 2005 when he hit .283 with 16 doubles and five homeruns through 86 games.

Davidson ranks fourth in Rollins history in runs (170), fifth in hits (253), third in doubles (54), third in walks (135), seventh in total bases (360), and eighth in extra-base hits (73).

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Steve Edsall

All-American pitcher Steve Edsall started his professional career with the Colorado Rockies after being drafted in the 22nd round in 2004.' Edsall spent two years in the Rockies organization, making 35 total appearances with a 5.57 ERA for Rookie League Casper and Low A Tri-City.' He then signed to play for the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the independent Northern League, where he played alongside former Rollins teammate Mike Reese.' Edsall made 71 appearances on the mound in two years for the RailCats, posting an ERA of 4.63 and a record of 8-10.' After four years of professional experience in the United States, Edsall elected to join a baseball club in Germany, the Schw'bisch Hall Renegades, where he will act as a player/coach for the 2008 season.

In three years with Rollins, Edsall compiled a record of 17-3 to rank him second in program history with an .850 winning percentage.' He also ranks 13th in ERA (2.87), 11th in strikeouts (250), and third in strikeouts per nine innings (10.24).

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Ben Fleetham

After a record-setting pitching career at Rollins, right-hander Ben Fleetham was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 36th round of the 1994 draft.' Fleetham was converted to a reliever in the Expos system and performed well in his new role, reaching as high as Triple-A in 1998 and 1999.' He made 209 appearances through five seasons for the minor league affiliates of the Expos, Mariners, and Mets, logging 90 saves with an ERA of 2.95.' Fleetham was dominant at times, striking out 327 batters through 244 innings.

Fleetham also spent time with the Duluth-Superior Dukes, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, Sioux Falls Canaries, and St. Paul Saints of the independent Northern League.' After retiring in 2003 he also spent time as the pitching coach of the St. Paul Saints in his home state of Minnesota.' Fleetham holds the Rollins single season record for strikeouts with 158 in 1994, and he also ranks fifth in school history in strikeouts (289) and strikeouts per nine innings (10.00).

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Mark O'Sullivan

Right-hander Mark O'Sullivan was a 25th round draft pick of the Anaheim Angels in the 2001 draft. O'Sullivan lasted five seasons in the Angels' minor league system, reaching as high as Double A Arkansas (Texas League) in 2004 and 2005.' His best year came at Single A Rancho Cucamonga (California League) in 2003 when he appeared in 52 games out of the bullpen, posting an ERA of 3.72 through 75.1 innings.' He finished the year with a record of 3-2 and two saves while striking out 56 batters and allowing just three homeruns.' O'Sullivan finished his five years in the minors with a record of 15-22 with an ERA of 5.56 through 340.2 innings pitched.

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Frank Ricci

Frank Ricci finished an excellent pitching career for Rollins and was selected by the New York Yankees in the 26th round in the 1979 draft.' Ricci saw a fair amount of success in the low levels of the Yankees minor league system, including two solid years at Double-A Nashville in 1981 and 1982.' Ricci then finished his career in 1983 in the San Diego Padres system, pitching for Single-A Miami and Double-A Beaumont.' He finished his five-year career with a record of 41-26 and an ERA of 3.43, striking out 435 batters through 528 innings.

After 30 years, Ricci still stands as one of the top pitchers in Rollins history.' Through the 2008 season, he ranks ninth in ERA (2.75), eighth in wins (28), ninth in winning percentage (.737), 13th in innings pitched (321.1), and 12th in strikeouts (240).

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Justin Sherrod

Justin Sherrod was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 19th round of the 2000 draft.' The outfielder had a fair amount of success in the Red Sox minor league system, hitting .264 with 80 homeruns and 323 RBI over six seasons.' Sherrod's best season came in 2002 when he hit a combined .295 with 32 doubles, 18 homeruns, and 66 RBI for Boston's Single A affiliates in Augusta (South Atlantic League) and Sarasota (Florida State League).' He reached as high as Triple A Pawtucket (International League) for two full seasons, batting .267 with 17 homeruns in 2004 and .259 with 16 homeruns in 2005.

Sherrod, also an infielder early in his Rollins career, is the program's all-time leader in homeruns (47), RBI (196), and extra-base hits (108).' He also ranks fourth in runs (170), second in doubles (57), third in slugging percentage (.573), and second in total bases (439).

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David Nathanson 

David Nathanson started his professional career in the summer of 2007 with the Traverse City Beach Bums of the independent Frontier League.' After joining the team midseason, Nathanson was one of the Bums' most dependable starters, posting a 2.95 ERA and a record of 5-2.' Nathanson continued to pitch with the same tremendous control he showed as a Tar, walking just 11 batters through 76.1 innings, and he allowed a .244 opponents' average with just three homeruns.' He returned to pitch for the Beach Bums again for the 2008 season.

Nathanson's 28 career wins at Rollins ranks him ninth in program history, and he also ranks 13th in winning percentage (.667), ninth in innings pitched (361.1), and ninth in strikeouts (273).' In his freshman season in 2004, he set the program single season record for walks per nine innings at 1.00.

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Mike Reese

Current Rollins Assistant Coach and former Rollins outfielder Mike Reese enters his fifth year of independent minor league baseball in 2008.' Reese played in the Frontier League in 2004-2006, seeing time with the Richmond Roosters for two seasons and the Traverse City Beach Bums in one season.' The two-time Frontier League All-Star then signed with the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the Northern League in 2007, playing alongside former Rollins teammate Steve Edsall.' Reese returned to play with the RailCats in 2008, and entering the season he holds a career average of .302 with 26 homeruns, 223 runs, and 155 RBI through four seasons in minor league baseball.

His career average of .334 at Rollins ranks him 18th in school history.' Reese also ranks among the program's all-time best in runs (seventh - 159), hits (10th - 238), and stolen bases (eighth - 55).

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