The various independent leagues are an important feeding ground for major and minor league rosters.
Here are the current crop of players with indy league experience.
Former Independent Baseball Players on Major League Rosters
Player MLB Team Indy Team League
|Dylan Axelrod||Chicago-AL||Windy City||Fron||RHP|
|Craig Breslow||Arizona||New Jersey||NEL||LHP|
|Tim Byrdak||New York-NL||Gary
|D.J. Carrasco (DL)||New York-NL||Johnstown (DNP)||Fron||RHP|
|Aaron Crow*||Kansas City||Fort Worth||Amn. Assn.||RHP|
|Stephen Drew* (DL)||Arizona||Camden||Atl||SS|
|Luke Hochevar*||Kansas City||Fort Worth||Amn. Assn.||RHP|
|Brandon Kintzler (DL)||Milwaukee||St. Paul
|Max Scherzer*||Detroit||Fort Worth||Amn. Assn.||RHP|
|George Sherrill* (DL)||Seattle||Evansville
|Joe Thatcher*||San Diego||River City||Fron||LHP|
|Jered Weaver||Los Angeles- AL||Camden (DNP)||Atl||RHP|
|Jerome Williams ++||Los Angeles-AL||Lancaster
Legend of League Abbreviations
- Amn. Assn.—American Association
*First pro game was in Independent Baseball ++ Signed after major league spring training in 2011 from an Independent league DNP – Did not play This list is maintained by Bob Wirz, author of year-round Independent Baseball Insider columns. Subscriptions to the column are available at www.WirzandAssociates.com or a free sample may be obtained by writing to RWirz@aol.com.