Eleven former Polk State players played professional baseball during the 2018 season.
"I feel fortunate that I have been able to coach 11 talented former players who are now in professional baseball chasing their dreams," said Head Coach Al Corbeil.
"Those guys all worked extremely hard to get to where they are at, and the Polk State baseball coaching staff and program wish them continued success moving forward.
"We look forward to seeing many of them as they come back to visit or work out here in the off season."
Alec Asher played for the Milwaukee Brewers and for their Triple A affiliate in Colorado Springs, where he went 6-4 with a 5.96 ERA. In 99 innings for the Sky Sox he walked 36 and struck out 50.
Alec Asher (Photo by Bobby Stevens).
Jordan Barett pitched for three teams in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Playing primarily with the Lansing Lugnuts (Single A), he posted a 4-2 record with 16 walks and 32 strikeouts in 51 innings.
Jordan Barrett (Photo by Jared Ravich).
In his first season in professional baseball, Jonathan Bermudez hurled 13 innings for the Gulf Coast Astros (Rookie League). In 10 games he earned one win and had a 3.29 ERA, holding opponents to a .265 batting average.
Jonathan Bermudez (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State).
Also playing his first season in pro ball, Chavez Fernander helped the Tigers West (Detroit) win the Gulf Coast League Championship. He went 1-0 in the playoffs and got the win in the championship game, earning a promotion to the Connecticut Tigers (Single A). For the season he had a 4-1 record, 1.59 ERA, nine walks, and 42 strikeouts.
Chavez Fernander (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State).
Jordan Guerrero pitched for two Single A affiliates of the San Diego Padres. He recorded eight saves in 12 opportunities, posting a 1.72 ERA while issuing 18 walks and compiling 46 strikeouts. Opponents his just .190 against him.
Jordan Guerrero (Photo by Jared Ravich).
Playing his second season in the Miami Marlins organization, JD Osbornehit .340 at Batavia, NY, (Single A) with 20 RBI and a .509 slugging percentage. After advancing to Greensboro, SC, (Single A) he hit .245 in 16 games as a catcher, first baseman, and third baseman.
JD Osborne (Photo by Danny Gallagher)
Due to injury, pitcher Matt Pearce saw limited action for the Springfield Cardinals (St. Louis Double A). In 10 games he had a 5.40 ERA with 11 walks and 46 strikeouts.
Matt Pearce (Photo by Shane Roper).
Casey Schroeder also battled injuries this season, playing just two games for the Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox Double A).
Casey Schroeder (Photo by Brian McLeod).
Shameko Smith appeared in three games for the Grand Junction Rockies (Colorado Rookie League), where he posted a 4.50 ERA.
Shameko Smith (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State).
Joe Strzelecki began his pro career this season with the Gulf Coast Marlins (Miami Rookie League). In 11 games he went 1-2 with eight walks and 12 strikeouts.
Playing this third season in the Cincinnati Reds minor-league system, Daniel Sweet started the year with Daytona (Single A), advanced to Pensacola (Double A) and finished with Louisville (Triple A). For the season the outfielder hit .220 with 14 double, six home runs, 35 walks, and a .362 slugging percentage.
Daniel Sweet (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State).