CSU-Pueblo Baseball alums in the pros




Colorado State University-Pueblo baseball has a rich tradition of pro baseball players coming through its program.  To date, 26 ThunderWolves have gotten a shot with a Major League team, with 18 of which having been drafted, while many players have played professionally in independent baseball leagues throughout the nation.

If you have a name of another CSU-Pueblo/University of Southern Colorado/Southern Colorado State College/Pueblo Junior College alum who played professional baseball at any level, please submit that person's name to Assistant Sports Information Director Sean Pooley at sean.pooley@csupueblo.edu and get them included on this list.

To learn more about the careers of ThunderWolves in the pros, click on their names.

ODDBALL TRIVIA Q & A:  Did Major League Hall of Famer Goose Gossage play at CSU-Pueblo?

A: Not officially.  The question arises since Gossage's Profile on thebaseballcube.com lists his college as CSU-Pueblo.  However, his profile on another baseball enyclopedia website, Baseball-Reference.com, makes no mention of CSU-Pueblo.

The truth of the matter is Gossage DID attend CSU-Pueblo --- After being drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1970, he enrolled at CSU-Pueblo following his high school career at Wasson High School in Colorado Springs.  He gave it the "old college try" as it were, enrolling at the University for one quarter before choosing to focus on baseball.  But he never took the field representing the University.  

He did, however, appear in the University's 1970 yearbook.  

Current Pro Players

Taylor Snyder 2015-16 Asheville Touirists (South Atlantic League - A) 2017-pres., Grand Junction Rockies,(Pioneer League, Rookie) 2016.
Kyle Lazcano 2015-17 Santa Fe Fuego (Pecos League - Ind.) 2018- Pres.
Zach Hoffman 2016-18 Santa Fe Fuego (Pecos League - Ind.) 2018- Pres.
Ambrose Romero 2016-18 Santa Fe Fuego (Pecos League - Ind.) 2018- Pres.


Former Pro Players

Frank DeLeon 1950-51 Brooklyn Dodgers (Great Falls - C, 1954; Bakersfield - C, 1955; Cedar Rapids - B, 1955)
Jerry Hummitzch 1959-60 Milwaukee Braves (Austin - AA, 1962-63; Cedar Rapids - B, 1961; Boise - C, 1962; Eau Claire - C, 1961). Was a top pitching prospect in the Braves' organization before being killed in an auto accident in 1963. 
Pat Bekeza 1966-69 Minnesota Twins (St. Cloud - A, 1969-70; Wisconsin Rapids - A, 1969) (Drafted in 4th round of Jun. 1969 MLB Draft by Minnesota; Drafted in 3rd round of Jan. 1969 MLB Draft by Oakland; Drafted in 20th round of June 1968 MLB Draft by San Francisco).
Dennis Jones 1967-70 Oakland Athletics (Birmingham - AA, 1973; Burlington - A, 1970, 72-73). (Drafted in 23rd round of June 1970 MLB Draft by Oakland).
Craig Lown 1968-71 Chicago White Sox (Gulf Coast - R, 1971; Walla Walla - A, 1972; Appleton - A, 1972). (Drafted in 1st round of June 1971 Secondary Draft by Chicago White Sox)
Marvin Tucker 1969
New York Mets (Danville - A, 1970). (Drafted in 6th round of Jan. 1970 MLB Draft by New York Mets).
Roy Peterson 1970-71 Los Angeles Dodgers (Ogden - R, 1971). (Drafted in 4th round of June 1971 Secondary Draft by Los Angeles).
Chris Serazio 1978-81 Texas Rangers (Gulf Coast - R, 1981). (Drafted in 14th round of 1981 MLB Draft by Texas).
Dan Simpson 1982-83
Texas Rangers (Salem - A, 1984-85; Tri-City - A, 1983). (Drafted in 19th round of 1983 MLB Draft by Texas).
Robert Burke 1984-85 Atlanta Braves (Gulf Coast - R, 1985). (Drafted in 19th round of 1985 MLB Draft by Atlanta).
Brian Jackson 1998 Cleveland Indians (Kinston - A, 2001-02; Mahoning Valley - A, 1999-2000; Burlington - R, 1998; Waterton - R, 1998), Pittsburgh Pirates (Lynchburg - A, 2002; Hickory - A, 2002). (Drafted in 14th round of 1998 MLB Draft by Cleveland).
Anthony Taylor 1998 Oakland Athletics (Arizona League - R, 1998). (Drafted in 30th round of 1998 MLB Draft by Oakland).
Roddy Friar 1999-00 St. Louis Cardinals (Potomac Cannons - A, 2001; Peoria Chiefs - A, 2001; New Jersey Cardinals - A, 2000) (Drafted in 12th round of 2000 MLB Draft by St. Louis.)
Kevin Martin 2000-01 Cleveland Indians (Akron - AA, 2003; Kinston - A, 2003; Lake County - A, 2003; Mahoning Valley - A, 2001-02). (Signed as undrafted free agent by Cleveland in 2001). 
Ricky Dorame 2000-01 Nogales (Arizona/Mexico League, 2003); River City Rascals (Frontier League, 2004).
Cedric Robertson 2001
Tampa Bay DevilRays (Hudson Valley - A, 2002). (Signed as undrafted free agent by Tampa Bay in 2002).
Judd Songster 2001 Colorado Rockies (Colorado Springs Sky Sox - AAA, 2005; Tulsa Drillers - AA, 2005-07; Tri-City - A, 2001, 04; Visalia - A, 2003; Asheville - A, 2002), Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League), 2008.  (Drafted in 17th round of 2001 MLB Draft by Colorado).
Vontrez Wilson 2001 Atlanta Braves (Gulf Coast - R, 2002). (Drafted in 50th round of 2001 MLB Draft by Atlanta).
Sam Christensen 2001-02  Pittsburgh Pirates (Williamsport Crosscutters - A), 2002 (Drafted in 24th round of 2002 MLB Draft by Pittsburgh).
Brad Glassco 2001-02 Frontier League (Gateway, 2002; River City, 2003) (Signed as undrafted free agent by San Diego in 2002)
Alberto Hernandez 2001-02 Independent Leauges (Nogales (Arizona-Mexico League), 2003; Quebec (Northeast League), 2004).
Tony Wittmus 2002, 04 Mid-Missouri (Frontier League), 2004.
Don Clement 2003-04 Seattle Mariners (Arizona League, 2004) (Drafted in 32nd round of 2004 MLB Draft by Seattle)
Shawn Martinez 2003-04 Oakland Athletics (Vanouver - A, 2004-05; Kane County - A, 2005). (Drafted in 23rd round of 2004 MLB Draft by Oakland).
Mike Massaro 2003-05 Gary (IN) Southshore RailCats (Northern League - Ind.), 2009-2013.; Oakland Athletics (Sacramento RiverCats, AAA), 2005-08 (Drafted in 13th round of 2005 MLB Draft by Oakland).
Danny Cummins 2003-05 New York Mets (St. Lucie Mets - A, 2006; Brooklyn Cyclones - A, 2005-06; Gulf Coast Mets - R, 2005; Kingsport Mets - R, 2005), Chillicothe Paints (Frontier League), 2007.  (Signed as undrafted free agent by New York Mets, 2005).
Ryan Priddy 2004-05 Sioux City (IA) Explorers (American Association), 2011-Pres., Tucson (AZ) Toros (Golden League - Ind.), 2009-10; St. Paul Saints (Independent), 2007-08; Lincoln (Ind.), 2006; Pensacola (Ind.), 2005.
Mario Mattivi 2008-09 St. George (UT) RoadRunners (Golden League - Ind.) 2009.
Nick Enciso 2006 Alexandria (LA) Aces (Continental League - Ind.) 2009. Also played on Continental League clubs in Texarkana, TX and Corpus Christi, TX. 
Jeff Williams 2005-06 Gary Southshore RailCats/Grand Prairie AirHogs (Independent), 2010; New York Yankees (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees - AAA), 2009; Traverse City (MI) Beach Bums (Frontier League - Ind.) 2007-09 (Signed as undrafted free agent by Boston, 2006; Signed as undrafted free agent by New York Yankees, 2009). 
Joey Newby 2003-04 Los Angeles Dodgers (Albuquerque Isotopes - AAA; Chattanooga Twins - AA), 2011; Southern Maryland (Independent), 2010; Seattle Mariners (Tacoma Tigers, AAA), 2009; Oakland Athletics (Kane County Cougars, A), 2004-07.(Signed as undrafted free agent by Oakland in 2004).
Tony Pechek 2009 Milwaukee Brewers (Arizona League Brewers - Rookie League, 2009; Helena Breweres - Rookie League, 2010; Wisconsin Timber Rattlers - A, 2011) (Signed as undrafted free agent by Milwaukee in 2009).
Eric Bloom 2009-10 Edinburg Roadrunners (United Baseball League), 2012 ; Gateway Grizzlies (Frontier League), 2011.  
Cole Stephens 2010-11 Florence Freedom (Frontier League): 2015, Amarillo Sox 2014, Gary Southshore RailCats 2014, Fort Worth Cats, 2013, Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings (North American League), 2012-Pres., Somerton Stingers (Arizona Winter League), 2012.  

CSU-P alums in the MLB Draft

June Amateur Draft
Taylor Snyder, 13th Round, Colorado Rockies (4th pick, 380th overall)
Mike Massaro, 13th round, Oakland Athletics
2004: Shawn Martinez, 23rd round, Oakland Athletics; Don Clement, 32nd round, Seattle Mariners
2002: Sam Christensen, 24th round, Pittsburgh Pirates
2001: Judd Songster, 17th round, Colorado Rockies; Vontrez Wilson, 50th round, Atlanta Braves
2000: Roddy Friar, 12th round, St. Louis Cardinals
1998: Brian Jackson, 14th round, Cleveland Indians; Anthony Taylor, 30th round, Oakland Athletics
1996: Jeff Bloomer, 39th round, Florida Marlins
1985: Robert Burke, 19th round, Atlanda Braves
1983: Dan Simpson, 19th round, Texas Rangers
1981: Chris Serazio, 14th round, Texas Rangers
1970: Dennis Jones, 23rd round, Oakland Athletics
1968: Pat Bekeza, 20th round, San Francisco Giants

January Amateur Draft
Mike Heftner, 2nd round, San Diego Padres
1970: Marvin Tucker, 6th round, New York Mets

June Secondary Draft
Craig Lown, 1st round, Chicago White Sox; Roy Peterson, 4th round, Los Angeles Dodgers
1969: Pat Bekeza, 3rd round, Minnesota Twins
1968: Dennis Jones, 3rd round, Baltimore Orioles