WHERE ARE THEY NOW: HORNETS BASEBALL IN THE PROS

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: HORNETS BASEBALL IN THE PROS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The 2019 season of Major League Baseball is into its third week of the season, but at the lower levels, things are just getting started. With the return of professional baseball at all levels, it is time to check in with the former Hornets playing professional baseball.

MLB

Rhys Hoskins - 1B/OF - Philadelphia Phillies

Rhys Hoskins played with Sacramento State from 2012 - 2014 before being drafted in June 2014. Hoskins made his MLB debut with the Philadelphia Phillies in August of 2017 and set multiple rookie home run records in his first two months.

Hoskins is currently the Phillies everyday first baseman. In two-plus seasons, Hoskins is a career .247 hitter with 53 home runs and 150 RBIs in just 208 games.


Rhys Hoskins: Twitter | InstagramBaseball Reference
Philadelphia Phillies: Twitter | MLB Site 

Triple-A

Nathan Lukes - OF - Durham Bulls (AAA) - Tampa Bay Rays

Nathan Lukes played with Sacramento State from 2013 - 2015 before being drafted in June 2015 by the Cleveland Indians.

Lukes starts his fifth season of professional baseball in 2019 with the Durham Bulls, the triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. This is the first season at the triple-A level for Lukes. Over his previous four seasons, Lukes is a career .280 hitter.


Nathan Lukes: Twitter | InstagramBaseball Reference
Durham Bulls: Twitter | MLB Site 

Double-A

Scotty Burcham - INF - Hartford Yard Goats (AA) - Colorado Rockies

Scotty Burcham played with Sacramento State from 2012 - 2015 before being drafted in June 2015 by the Colorado Rockies.

Burcham starts his fifth season of professional baseball in 2019 with the Hartford Yard Goats, the double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Burcham played 53 games with the Yard Goats in 2018, hitting .263.

 

Scott Burcham: Twitter | InstagramBaseball Reference
Hartford Yard Goats: Twitter | MLB Site 

Single-A

Ian Dawkins - OF - Kannapolis Intimidators (A) - Chicago White Sox

Ian Dawkins is one of three Hornets to play with the Hornets as recently as 2018. Dawkins was drafted in June of 2018 by the Chicago White Sox. 

Dawkins opens the 2019 season with the Class A Kannapolis Intimidators, the single-a affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. In his first year of professional baseball last season, Dawkins hit .303 with three home runs and 14 stolen bases across two levels.


Ian Dawkins: InstagramBaseball Reference
Kannapolis Intimidators: Twitter | MLB Site 

Justin Dillon - RHP - Dunedin Blue Jays (A) - Toronto Blue Jays

Justin Dillon played with Sacramento State from 2013 - 2017 and was drafted in June of 2017 by the Toronto Blue Jays. Dillon is the owner of the only no-hitter in Sacramento State program history.

Dillon spent time at three levels last season, pitching at advanced-A, double-A, and triple-A. He opens the 2019 season with the advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays. In two seasons of pro ball, Dillon owns a 6-9 record with a 4.27 ERA.

Justin Dillon: InstagramBaseball Reference
Dunedin Blue Jays: Twitter | MLB Site 

Sam Long - LHP - Kannapolis Intimidators (A) - Chicago White Sox

Sam Long played with Sacramento State from 2013 - 2015 and was drafted in June of 2015 by the Tampa Bay Rays. This offseason, Long signed with the Chicago White Sox and will start the season with former teammate Ian Dawkins on the Kannapolis Intimidators.

In parts of three minor league seasons, Long owns a 2.72 ERA and a 10.0 strikeout-per-nine-innings ratio.

 

Sam Long: InstagramBaseball Reference
Kannapolis Intimidators: Twitter | MLB Site

James Outman - OF - Great Lakes Loons (A) - Los Angeles Dodgers  

James Outman is one of three Hornets to have played with Sacramento State as recently as 2018. Outman was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 7th round of the 2018 June MLB Amateur Draft, becoming the fourth Hornets player to go in the first 10 rounds since 2010.

Outman opens the 2019 season with the Class A Great Lakes Loons. Last year with the Ogden Raptors, Outman hit .264 with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs in 55 games.


James Outman: Twitter | InstagramBaseball Reference
Great Lakes Loons: Twitter | MLB Site 

Extended Spring Training (MiLB)

Vinny Esposito - INF - Detroit Tigers

Vinny Esposito played for Sacramento State from 2015 - 2018 and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in June 2018. Esposito spent last season with the both the Gulf Coast Tigers West and East Rookie teams. In 45 games between the two teams, Espostio hit .312 with 14 doubles, 24 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases.

Currently, Esposito is playing in Detroit's Extending Spring Training Camp.


Vinny Esposito: InstagramBaseball Reference 

Gunner Pollman - C - Miami Marlins

Gunner Pollman played for Sacramento State from 2014-16 before being drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft. Over the last two seasons, Pollman has played a three different levels, going as high as Advanced-A with the Jupiter Hammerheads in the second half of last season.

Currently, Pollman is playing in Miami's Extending Spring Training Camp.


Gunner Pollman: Baseball Reference

International

Mitch Lively - RHP - Chinatrust Brothers (CPBL)

Mitch Lively played for Sacramento State from 2004 - 2007 before being drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 16th round of the 2007 MLB draft. Lively spent 10 seasons playing minor league ball for three different organizations, as well as seven seasons playing Winter Ball in Venezuela and Mexico.

Lively currently plays for the Chinatrust Brothers of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. He spent the 2018 season with the Brothers, throwing over 151 innings.

Mitch Lively: Twitter | Baseball Reference
Chinatrust Brothers: Twitter | CPBL Site