Independent League Players in the Majors

by Bill Chuck on May 2, 2012

The scoreboard at the new Constellation Stadium the home of the Sugar Land Skeeters, the newest team in the Atlantic League

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

Joliet

Nor

Nor

LHP
D.J. Carrasco (DL) New York-NL Johnstown (DNP) Fron RHP
Aaron Crow* Kansas City Fort Worth Amn. Assn. RHP
Steve Delabar Seattle Brockton

Florence

C-A

Fron

RHP
Stephen Drew* (DL) Arizona Camden Atl SS
Luke Hochevar* Kansas City Fort Worth Amn. Assn. RHP
Brandon Kintzler (DL) Milwaukee St. Paul

Winnipeg

Amn. Assn.

Nor

RHP
Max Scherzer* Detroit Fort Worth Amn. Assn. RHP
George Sherrill* (DL) Seattle Evansville

Winnipeg

Sioux Falls

Fron

Nor

Nor

LHP
Joe Thatcher* San Diego River City Fron LHP
Jered Weaver Los Angeles- AL Camden (DNP) Atl RHP
Tom Wilhelmsen Seattle Tucson Gold RHP
Jerome Williams ++ Los Angeles-AL Lancaster

Long Beach

Atl

Gold

RHP
Brad Ziegler Arizona Schaumburg Nor RHP

Legend of League Abbreviations

  • Amn. Assn.—American Association
  • Atl—Atlantic
  • C-A—Can-Am
  • Fron—Frontier
  • NEL—Northeast
  • Nor—Northern
  • Gold—Golden

*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.

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