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Frontier League Baseball Players to Make it to the Major Leagues

By Edited Dec 9, 2013 0 0

Most Frontier League baseball players are still playing for a chance to be a part of a big league ball club. Even though these teams have no direct affiliation with Major League teams, every year their athletes are purchased to play somewhere in Major League organizations. Here is a list of some Frontier League players who have ended up playing for Major League affiliates.

George Sherrill

George went undrafted out of college and signed on to play for the Evansville Otters in 1999 and 2000. Sherrill also played for the Northern and Northeast Independent Baseball Leagues before being signed by the Seattle Mariners in 2004. Sherrill has been traded twice in his career and currently plays for the Atlanta Braves. He has 56 saves in his major league career and in 2011 has a 3.00 ERA in 36 innings. Since being signed to play for major league teams, George Sherrill has earned nearly $9 million dollars.

Chris Jakubauskas

Jakubauskas is currently a major league pitcher but in college played first base. After college he had Tommy John surgery and was an assistant high school coach during his recovery. He played for the American Association, Frontier League, and the Golden League. In 2007, the Mariners signed him and he began playing for their AA affiliate. From the Mariners he has made his way to the Orioles where he is a right-handed pitcher on their active roster. Chris hasn't had a great deal of success at the major league level but continues to play and improve his game.

Josh Kinney

In 2001 Kinney began playing for the River City Rascals of the Independent League. Only two weeks later the St. Louis Cardinals signed him and in 2006 he appeared in 21 games for the St. Louis Cardinals, pitching to a 3.24 ERA. The Cardinals granted Kinney free agency in 2010 and he currently plays for the Chicago White Sox. Kinney is having a good 2011 season for Chicago in limited playing time and will likely stay on the active roster through the rest of the season.

D.J. Carrasco

Carrasco has pitched for a number of different minor and major league ball clubs. In 1999 the Kansas City Royals purchased his contract from Johnstown of the Frontier League (the Johnstown Johnnies are no longer a team). Carrasco has been granted free agency three times, released three times, drafted twice and traded once. He currently pitches out of the bullpen for the New York Mets and has earned approximately $2 million dollars throughout his major league career.

This short list highlights only a few of the players who have made it to the major leagues from the Frontier League. There are other players who have played for the Frontier League and are currently playing for minor league affiliates of major league clubs.

 

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