Former Summit League Baseball Players Competing in MLB System

Seth Lugo, Tyler Saladino & Blake Treinen
Seth Lugo, Tyler Saladino & Blake Treinen

ELMHURST, Ill. – A total of 25 former Summit League baseball student-athletes are currently competing in the Major League Baseball (MLB) system with three currently on active MLB team rosters.

  • A total of 25 former league players are on active rosters with three in the Majors
  • Oral Roberts has the most former players competing in the MLB system with eight
  • Four former players have reached the big leagues this season

Former South Dakota State pitcher Blake Treinen has been a mainstay on the Washington Nationals roster since making his debut in 2014. In his three-year career, the reliever has appeared in 117 games for Washington with a 2.98 ERA and 8-9 record. He has amassed 131 strikeouts in 157 career innings pitched. He is currently having his best MLB season with a 2.09 ERA and 4-1 record with 36 strikeouts entering play on Thursday.

Since being called up by the Chicago White Sox on July 10, 2015, former Oral Roberts standout Tyler Saladino has recorded a .233 batting average with nine doubles and nine home runs, along with 48 runs scored and 40 RBI.

Former Centenary Gent Seth Lugo made his MLB debut on July 1, 2016, when the New York Mets moved him to their active roster following six years in the minors. To date, he has appeared in three games for the Mets without allowing a run.

One other former Summit League pitcher, Layne Somsen (South Dakota State) has seen action at the Major League level this season with the Cincinnati Reds. He made his MLB debut with the Reds on May 14. He is currently on the Oklahoma City Dodgers roster, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Former Oral Roberts hurlers Jeremy Hefner and Alex 'Chi Chi' Gonzalez have also played in the Majors and are currently in Triple-A with the Cardinals and Rangers organizations, respectively.

A total of four former Summit Leaguers are playing at the Triple-A level, just one step away from the Majors.

Two players were named 2016 All-Stars in James Hoyt (AAA Pacific Coast League) and Jose Trevino (A+ California League).

Hoyt plays for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies (Houston Astros), while Trevino, the 2012 Summit League Newcomer of the Year, currently suits up for the Single-A High Desert Mavericks (Texas Rangers).

Former Summit Leaguers in MLB and MiLB
Player (School) Pos. MiLB Team (Level) MLB Team/Affiliation
Audie Afenir (Oral Roberts) UTL Charleston RiverDogs (A) New York Yankees
Xavier Altamirano (Oral Roberts) RHP Vermont Lake Monsters (A-) Oakland Athletics
Adam Bray (South Dakota State) RHP Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (A+) Los Angeles Dodgers
Mike Brosseau (Oakland) IF GCL Rays (Rk) Tampa Bay Rays
Robert Calvano (Omaha) RHP GCL Cardinals (Rk) St. Louis Cardinals
Zack Coppola (South Dakota State) OF Lakewood BlueClaws (A) Philadelphia Phillies
Jay Flaa (North Dakota State) RHP Delmarva Shorebirds (A) Baltimore Orioles
Tyler Fox (Omaha) RHP GCL Twins (Rk) Minnesota Twins
Juan Gamez (North Dakota State) C GCL Twins (Rk) Minnesota Twins
Alex 'Chi Chi' Gonzalez (Oral Roberts) RHP Round Rock Express (AAA) Texas Rangers
Cole Gruber (Omaha) OF AZL Athletics (Rk) Oakland Athletics
Jeremy Hefner (Oral Roberts) * RHP Memphis Redbirds (AAA) St. Louis Cardinals
James Hoyt (Centenary) RHP Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) Houston Astros
Seth Lugo (Centenary) RHP --- New York Mets
Jake McDavid (Oral Roberts) RHP Burlington Bees (A) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Evan Miller (Fort Wayne)


Tri-City Dust Devils (A-) San Diego Padres
Jake Paulson (Oakland) LHP Daytona Tortugas (A+) Cincinnati Reds
Tyler Saladino (Oral Roberts) IF --- Chicago White Sox
Layne Somsen (South Dakota State) RHP Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA) Los Angeles Dodgers
Trevin Sonnier (Oral Roberts) IF AZL White Sox (Rk) Chicago White Sox
Blake Treinen (South Dakota State) RHP --- Washington Nationals
Jose Trevino (Oral Roberts) UTL High Desert Mavericks (A+) Texas Rangers
Chuck Weaver (Fort Wayne) RHP Greensboro Grasshoppers (A) Miami Marlins
Boone Whiting (Centenary) RHP Harrisburg Senators (AA) Washington Nationals
Tyler Willman (Western Illinois) RHP Beloit Snappers (A) Oakland Athletics

* Currently on a rehab stint with the GCL Cardinals (Rk)

Note: Teams and information current as of 7/21/16

Celebrating its 35th season of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 80 Academic All-Americans, 75 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at


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