BASEBALL ALUMS IN THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS
DIVISION I PLAYERS SELECTED IN THE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DRAFT:
PAT LIGHT (RHP: 2010-2012) [1st round, 37th overall, 2012, Boston Red Sox] - Light became the highest draft pick in Monmouth history when he was selected 37th overall by the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. He was a 2012 Northeast Conference First Team selection, and was on the 2012 USA Golden Spike Award Watch List as a junior. Light spent the remainder of the 2012 season with the Lowell Spinners of the New York Penn League. After making ten appearances with Greenville in 2013, the right hander rejoined the Drive in 2014 to begin the season. Light made his MLB debut in April 2016 with the Red Sox before being traded to the Minnesota Twins at the trade deadline in July.
BRAD BRACH (RHP: 2005-08) [42nd Round, 2008, San Diego Padres] - Brach, a two-time first-team All-NEC member and 2007 NEC Pitcher of the Year, is currently a reliever for the Baltimore Orioles. Brach made his Major League debut with the San Diego Padres in August 2011, becoming the second Hawk in program history to be added to a MLB roster (Edward Halicki, class of 1972). The all-time Monmouth leader in career wins (29) and strikeout (277), who was placed on San Diego's 2012 opening day roster, enjoyed a successful minor league career. Brach was named the 2009 MLB.com Class A Relief Pitcher of the Year, was tabbed to an all-star team in three minor league levels, named the 2010 CAL Pitcher of the Year and participated in the 2010 Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game. In his four-year minor league career, Brach was 112 for 120 in save opportunities. Brach joined the Orioles in the 2014 offseason, and between July 2 and July 6, won three straight relief appearances, the first major league reliever to do so since Mitch Williams in 1991. He earned a postseason win for Baltimore in the 2014 ALDS, and was named to the American League All-Star team in July 2016.
RYAN TERRY (INF: 2008-11) [20th Round, 2011, Tampa Bay Rays] - The 2011 Northeast Conference and New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year played a season with the Princeton Rays in the Appalachian League after being drafted in the 20th Round by the Tampa Bay Rays. Monmouth's all-time hit king (268) and double leaders (66) joined Jay Law as the only Hawk to earn the NEC Rookie of the Year and NJCBA Player of the Year honors and the fourth player in league history to accomplish the feat. Terry was named to Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger All-American Third Team along with ABCA/Rawlings All-American Third Team and the All-East Region squad.
RYAN BUCH (RHP: 2007-09) [8th Round, 2009, Chicago White Sox] - Buch, who was named to an all-conference team in each of his three seasons in the Blue and White, as well as the 2007 NEC Rookie of the Year, pitched for the Winston-Salam Dash in the Carolina League before spending his 2013 campaign in the Colorado Rockies system with the Modesto Nuts of the California League (Class A Advanced). The hard-throwing righty, who was also a Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in '07, ranks second all-time at Monmouth in strikeouts (234) and wins (22), and holds the single-season strikeout record with 92, while leading the Hawks to two NCAA Regional appearances.
BRETT BRACH (RHP: 2007-09) [10th Round, 2009, Cleveland Indians] - The younger Brach is currently a member of the Washington Nationals organization, pitching in the Eastern League (Double A) with the Harrisburg Senators. He spent time with the Akron Aeros (Double A) in the Eastern League after spending a majority of time with the Kinston Indians (Class A Advanced) in 2011. Brach, who made a pair of NCAA Regional appearances as well, started against Ole Miss in the 2009 Oxford Regional for the Hawks. Brach finished his collegiate career with 14 victories and 153 strikeouts, while earning the NJCBA 2009 Pitcher of the Year honor.
KYLE HIGGINS (SS: 2005-08) [31st Round, 2008, Texas Rangers] - The 2008 Northeast Conference Player of the Year, Higgins signed to play with the Lake County Fielders of the Northern League in 2010 after playing for the Kalamazoo Kings of the Frontier League in 2009. After signing with the Rangers in '08, Higgins reported to the AZL Rangers of the Arizona (Rookie) League, before earning a promotion to the Single A Spokane Indians.
LANCE KOENIG (SS/2B/C: 2000-03) [22nd Round, 2003, Houston Astros] - A two-time All-Northeast Conference First-Team performer at Monmouth, Koenig played six seasons of professional baseball after being drafted by the Astros. Koenig, a true athlete, saw time at all five infield positions, the outfield and even pitched 2.0 innings during his career. Played with the Martinsville Astros (Appalachian League / Houston's Rookie League) in 2003, and in 2004 played for the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League (Low A), before playing four seasons in the Independent Leagues (Washington Wildthings, Pensacola Pelicans, Chillicothe Paints, Traverse City Beach Bums and Schaumburg Flyers), retiring after the 2008 season.
CHRIS DELLA ROCCO (RHP: 2004) [28th Round, 2004, St. Louis Cardinals]
MIKE ST. MARTINE (C: 2001-03) [12th Round, 2003, Montreal Expos]
DIVISION I PLAYERS WHO PLAYED PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL AFTER MU:
Doug Appel (C: 1994-96) - Played with Catskill Cougars in 1998
Tyler Brown (RHP: 2011-12) - Changed positions to C before signing with Camden Riversharks
Nick Del Gozzo (2B/3B: 1995-98)
Bobby Dombrowski (C: 2008-2010) Spent 2010 with Brockton Rox, and saw stints in 2011 with Newark Bears and Florence Freedon
Jack Forbes (3B: 1984-85) - Signed free agent contract with Baltimore Orioles
Stephen Frey (LHP: 2011-14) - Signed with Normal Cornbelters of Frontier League in July 2014
Jake Gronsky (2B: 2011-14) - Joined Joliet Slammers of Frontier League in July 2014 before signing a contract 10 days later with the St. Louis Cardinals
Ed Halicki: (P: 1969-72) - Pitched for San Francisco Giants from 1974-1980, tossing a no-hitter in 1975
Glen Keeton (RHP: 2000-04) Pitched in 2004 with Kalamazoo Kings before splitting 2005 with Elmira Pioneers and Can-Am Grays
Jay Law (OF: 1999-02) - Spent time with Atlantic City Surf (Atlantic League) and Johnstown Jammers (Frontier League)
Mike Liloia (RHP: 1994-96) Pitched in 1996 season for Catskill Cougars
Matt Marc-Aurele (LHP: 2004-08) Joined Windy City ThunderBolts in 2009
Nick Massari (SS/2B: 2003-06) Totaled 44 hits, 27 RBI's with Washington Wildthings in 2006
Kyle Messineo (SS/2B: 2006-07) Hit 3 homers for De Angelis Godo of Italian Baseball League in 2008
Chris Montenegro (1998-99) - Signed free agent contract with Seattle Mariners
Andrew Palmieri (LHP: 2001-04)
George West (1995-98) - Signed free agent contract with Milwaukee Brewers