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Foresters in MLB: 2023

By Jim Buckley

As we wait for Friday’s game to begin the 2023 NBC World Series, Foresters fans can also enjoy Major League Baseball, especially when so many former ’Sters are playing in the bigs. Since 1995, to the best of my calculations, an astonishing 63 Foresters have played at least one game in the Major Leagues. Fourteen have seen action in the 2023 season.

The Cincinnati Foresters . . . er, Reds boast a trip of ’Sters in their lineup: SS Matthew McLain (below), OF Spencer Steer, and 3B/DH Christian Encarnacion-Strand (pictured with the Sters). Atlanta P Bryce Elder made the NL All-Star team as a rookie this season. He was joined by Texas 3B Josh Jung, a slugger who played for the Foresters in 2019. The Mets’ OF/2B Jeff McNeil is the defending NL batting champion. And at the NBC World Series, P Ryan Helsley, now with the St. Louis Cardinals, will be named Graduate of the Year. Also, IF Drew Maggi was a big story earlier this season for making his MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates at the age of 33: https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/36299706/pirates-drew-maggi-makes-major-league-debut-age-33

The Foresters family is very proud of all these players, as well as the 400-plus others who have seen time in the minor leagues. The list below includes the Major Leaguers (if you think we left anyone out, drop us a line at [email protected]). The good news is that more are in the pipeline, so keep an eye out for the players you cheered this summer (and who you’ll cheer in the coming week) to perhaps join this list someday and make their Major League dreams come true.

Name                              MLB Club(s)
*Means active in 2023

Tejay Antone                                                    Cincinnati

Dylan Axelrod                                                 White Sox

Brian Bannister                                             Mets, Kansas City

Brian Barton                                                    St. Louis, Atlanta, Dodgers

Aaron Bates                                                     Boston

Adam Bernero                                                Detroit, Atlanta, Kansas City

Tanner Bibee*                                                Cleveland

Aaron Bummer*                                            White Sox

Ryan Church                                                    Washington, Mets, Arizona

Brady Clark                                                      Milwaukee, Dodgers, Mets

P.J. Conlon                                                        Mets

Ryan Cook                                                         Oakland

Garrett Crochet                                              White Sox

Jaylin Davis                                                      SF Giants

Matt Diaz                                                            Tampa, Kansas City, Atlanta

Jon Duplantier                                                Diamondbacks

Bryce Elder*                                                    Braves

Christian Encarnacion-Strand*           Reds

Dana Eveland                                                  Milwaukee, Arizona, Oakland

C.J. Fick                                                              Houston

Kevin Frandsen                                              San Francisco, Angels, Philadelphia, Washington

Matt Garza                                                         Minnesota, Tampa, Cubs, Milwaukee

Conor Gillaspie                                              San Francisco, White Sox, Angels

A.J. Griffin                                                         Oakland, Texas 

Brett Hayes                                                      Miami, Kansas City, Cleveland

Ryan Helsley*                                                 St. Louis

Keston Hiura*                                                 Milwaukee

Kyle Isbel*                                                        Kansas City

Kyle Kubitza                                                     Angels

Josh Jung*                                                        Texas

Evan Lee                                                             Washington

Justin Lehr                                                       Milwaukee, Seattle, Oakland

Drew Maggi                                                      Pittsburgh

Cody Martin                                                      Atlanta

James McCann*                                             Detroit, Mets, CWS, Baltimore

Matthew McLain*                                          Cincinnati

Jeff McNeil*                                                     Mets

Jordy Mercer                                                   Pittsburgh, Detroit, NYY
Hoby Milner                                                      Philadelphia, Angels

Parker Mushinski                                         Houston

Doug Nickle                                                      Philadelphia, Angels

Ryan O’Hearn*                                                Royals, Orioles

Glenn Otto*                                                       Rangers

Chris Pettit                                                       Angels

Chad Qualls                                                      Houston, Arizona, S.D, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Yankees, Miami, Colorado

Scott Randall                                                   Cincinnati

Cameron Rupp                                                Philadelphia, Texas

Evan Rust                                                           St. Louis

Tanner Sheppers                                          Texas

James Shields                                                Tampa, Kansas City, San Diego

Carson Smith                                                   Seattle, Boston

Ryan Spilborghs                                            Colorado, Cleveland

Spencer Steer*                                              Cincinnati

Jeff Stevens                                                     Cubs

Steve Susdorf                                                  Philadelphia

Sean Tracey                                                     White Sox

Andrew Vasquez                                           Minnesota, Toronto

Virgil Vasquez                                                 Detroit

Tyler Walker                                                    Tampa Bay, San Francisco, Mets, Washington

Patrick Weigel                                                Atlanta, Milwaukee

Austen Williams                                            Nationals

Justin Wilson                                                   Pirates, Yankees, Detroit, Cubs, Mets, Brewers

Delwyn Young                                                 Dodgers

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