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Saints in the Pros

In recent years, the Siena baseball program has become a top breeding ground for professional baseball prospects in the Northeast. Since 1996, 13 Saints have been drafted in Major League Baseball's first year players' draft.

In the spring of 2005, John Lannan was drafted in the 11th round by the Washington Nationals. Lannan quickly ascended through the minor league system in 2007, becoming the fourth Siena player to reach the majors where he threw 35 innings over six starts with the Nationals, finishing with a 2-2 record and a 4.15 ERA. In six seasons, he's tallied 45 wins and a 4.12 ERA, including a career-high 10 in 2011. He started 134 games for Washington before making intra-division moves to Philadelphia in 2013 and then to New York (Mets) in 2014.

Slugger Dan Paolini was taken in the 10th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners. After hitting .380 with 56 home runs in his three-year career in Loudonville, he had a solid rookie season with the Pulaski Mariners of the Appalachian League, hitting .284 with a .378 on-base percentage that ranked second on the squad. He improved on those numbers in 2012 batting .299 with 18 home runs and 73 RBI for Clinton in the Midwest League.

Most recently, Mike Fish - the 2013 MAAC Player of the Year and Third Team ABCA All-American - was drafted in the 32nd Round of the 2013 Draft by the Los Angeles Angels. He began his professional career in the Arizona League in June of 2013.

In total 37 Siena players have gone on to sign professional baseball contracts with four (Billy Harrell, Gary Holle, Tim Christman and John Lannan) reaching the highest level.

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
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 (current))
2008 Chris Klepps- Windy City Thunderbolts
2009 Will Hassett - signed w/ Ind. Rockland Boulders
2010 Anthony Giansanti - 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 - Sonoma Stompers

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