Saints in the Pros

The Siena College Baseball program has proven to be a top breeding ground for professional baseball prospects in the Northeast. Siena has developed 52 players who have gone on to sign professional baseball contracts, including 35 who have inked with Major League Baseball organizations. Siena has boasted 24 MLB Draft picks - including 16 since 1996 - and five top-10 Round selections overall.

Following Dan Swain's selection by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 34th Round of the 2017 MLB Draft, a total of six former Saints are currently playing professional baseball, including four - Swain, Matt Gage (Giants), Justin Brantley (Mets), and John Lannan (Nationals) - who are currently affiliated with Major League Baseball organizations, and are competing at the minor league level.

A total of four Siena Baseball greats have ultimately reached the highest level playing in the Major Leagues, with the most recent being Lannan who holds a program-record eight years of Major League Baseball service pitching for the Nationals (2007-12), Phillies (2013), and Mets (2014). Billy Harrell was the first Siena Baseball player to reach "The Show," playing parts of four seasons with the Indians (1955, 1957-58) and Red Sox (1961). Gary Holle appeared in five games with the Rangers in 1979, and Tim Christman made one appearance with the Rockies in 2001.

1950 Jim Sweeny - Boston Red Sox
1952 Billy Harrell - Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox; MVP Eastern League 1956.
1955 Jim Walsh - Brooklyn Dodgers
1958 Joe McCrudden - Brooklyn / L.A. Dodgers
1976 Gary Holle - 13th round by Milwaukee Brewers also w/ Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies
1978 Dave Smith - 30th round; New York Mets
1982 Ken Hayner - signed w/ Utica Blue Sox
1983 Jim Howard - 6th round; Baltimore Orioles (Did Not Sign)
1984 Jim Howard - 23rd round; Toronto Blue Jays
1984 Larry Monaco - 29th round; Toronto Blue Jays
1984 Tom Winter - 24th round; Toronto Blue Jays
1989 Chris Alesio - signed w/ St. Louis Cardinals
1989 Chris Gorton - signed w/ St. Louis Cardinals
1989 Dave Howard - 24th round; Pittsburgh Pirates
1989 Shaun Sottile - signed w/ Atlanta Braves
1989 Joe Mariano - Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs
1990 Pasquale Arace - signed w/ Pittsburgh Pirates
1990 Steve Pinto - Catskill Cougars
1991 Kevin Carroll - signed w/ New York Mets
1992 Mike Serbalik - 32nd round; L.A. Dodgers
1994 Dave Perry - signed w/ Ind. Catskill Cougars
1995 Fonz Nopalitano - Welland Aquaducks
1996 Tim Christman - 11th round; Colorado Rockies
1996 Ira Tilton - 5th round; Philadelphia Phillies
1996 Paul Wilders - 33rd round; St. Louis Cardinals
1997 Dennis Hogan - signed w/ Ind. Allentown Ambassadors
1997 Craig Johnson - 20th round; Detroit Tigers
1997 Mike Roberts - 21st round; Atlanta Braves
1999 Todd Donovan - 8th Round; San Diego Padres
1999 Jeremy Giard - signed w/ Ind. Massachusetts Mad Dogs
2000 Kevin Brown - signed w/ Ind. Johnstown Johnnies
2000 Dave Fields - signed w/ Ind. Chillicothe Paints
2000 Nick Spera - signed w/ Ind. Nashua Pride
2002 Dave Pahucki - 23rd round; Boston Red Sox
2002 Jim Buckley - 25th round; Boston Red Sox
2002 Justin Knoff - 30th round; Cincinnati Reds
2002 Ryan Finn - Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs
2002 Josh Kean - Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs
2003 Josh Courage; Signed with Pensacola Pelicans, played professionally in France
2004 Ryan Bitter - 22nd Round; Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2004 Blake Hanan - signed with Baltimore Orioles
2005 John Lannan - 11th round; Washington Nationals (Philadelphia Phillies/New York Mets/Colorado Rockies/Kansas City Royals)
2008 Chris Klepps- Windy City Thunderbolts
2009 Will Hassett - signed w/ Ind. Rockland Boulders
2009 Anthony Giansanti - 49th Round; Oakland A's (Did Not Sign)
2010 Anthony Giansanti - Sugarland Skeeters (current team - Atlantic League of Professional Baseball); Free Agent; Chicago Cubs
2011 Dan Paolini - 10th Round; Seattle Mariners
2011 Kevin Quaranto - Free Agent; Philadelphia Phillies
2013 Mike Fish - 32nd Round; Los Angeles Angels
2014 Larry Balkwill - Windy City Thunderbolts; Frontier League
2014 Justin Brantley - New York Mets (current organization); Free Agent; Cleveland Indians
2014 Matt Gage - 10th Round; San Francisco Giants
2016 Kyano Cummings - Evansville Otters; Frontier League
2017 Dan Swain - 34th Round; Arizona Diamondbacks

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