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Tigers in the Pros Season Wrap Up

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 10/24/2012
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Will Venable '05 is one of eight former Tigers currently playing professional baseball.
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The Princeton baseball program has eight former Tigers currently playing professionally, including a trio of Major Leaguers in Ross Ohlendorf '06, Will Venable '05 and Chris Young '02.

After spending much of 2011 on the disabled list, pitcher Ohlendorf was traded to the San Diego Padres, where he started nine games for the NL West franchise. The right-handed hurler concluded the year with a 4-4 record, making 13 appearances over 48.2 innings of work and tallying 39 strikeouts.

In 2012, Ohlendorf was reunited with former Tiger teammate Venable in San Diego. Right fielder Venable is in his fifth season with the Padres and concluded the year hitting 110-for-417 (.264) with 62 runs, 45 RBI, 41 walks, 26 doubles, nine home runs, eight triples and 24 stolen bases.

Rounding out the Princeton MLB contingent is Young, a former Padre for five seasons. Since 2011, the right-handed pitcher has been playing much closer to Old Nassau as a member of the New York Mets. Over 115 innings of work he amassed 80 strikeouts, while holding opponents to a .269 batting average. Young made 20 starts, capping off the year with a 4.15 ERA and four victories.

In the Minors, pitcher Danny Barnes '12 had a breakout year for the Dunedin Blue Jays. He was named the club's Team MVP, was a candidate for MiLB Relief Pitcher of the Year and earned the Toronto Blue Jays' Organizational Community Service Award. The righty began the year in Dunedin and was promoted to the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats for a brief stint, before returning to the Florida State League Blue Jays to finish the season. With Dunedin, he conceded only eight runs on 37 hits over 51.1 relief innings, in addition to breaking a club saves record with 34. His combined stat line between both clubs read 1-3, with 34 saves, a 1.87 ERA and 65 strikeouts over 53 innings of work.

Matt Bowman, who played at Princeton from 2010-12, was drafted by the New York Mets as the 410th pick overall in the 13th round this past June. The pitcher made 12 appearances, including one start, with the Mets' Class A affiliate Brooklyn Cyclones. Over 29.1 innings, he went 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA and three saves.

The fifth Tiger pitcher playing professionally, David Hale '11 is coming off an eight-win season with the Double-A Mississippi Braves. Hale started all 27 games he appeared in, going 8-4. Over 145.2 innings, he tallied a 3.77 ERA, 124 strikeouts and allowed only 61 earned runs against. Opponents were averaging .228 versus Hale in 2012 with the Atlanta Braves' affiliate.

Sam Mulroy '12 began his professional career this summer with the Orem Owlz after being drafted by the Los Angeles Angles in the 33rd round. With the Owlz, the catcher had nine hits, eight runs, seven walks, five RBI, three doubles, three stolen bases and a home run. He did play one game with the Salt Lake Bees, going 1-for-1 with a run. Mulroy only saw limited action as a rookie, suffering an injury that sidelined him for much of the summer.

Catcher Jack Murphy played for the Tigers from 2007-09, before moving to the professional ranks. Murphy currently plays in the Toronto Blue Jays organization along with former Tiger Barnes at Dunedin. He played eight games for New Hampshire, before concluding the year at Dunedin. On the year, he had 70 hits, 55 RBI, 38 walks, 36 runs, 14 doubles, 12 home runs and a triple.

And now the former Tigers will enjoy the offseason and prepare for 2013 to begin, as the baseball season caps off with the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers commencing this evening.

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