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
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.