FALCONS IN THE PROS

 

The University of Montevallo baseball program has produced 15 total draft picks in the Major League Baseball draft. Thirteen players have gone on to play in the Major and Minor Leagues and one former Falcon has gone on to coach in both the Major and Minor Leagues.

The most notable UM alum is former Texas Rangers star Rusty Greer. Greer played at Montevallo from 1988-90. He then went on to be drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 10th round of the 1990 draft. He played four seasons in the Minor Leagues before being called up to the Rangers squad during the 1994 season. He spent nine seasons in the Majors, all with the Rangers, where he had a .305 batting average with 258 doubles, 25 triples, 119 homeruns and 614 RBI. He finished third in the 1994 American League Rookie of the Year voting after hitting .314 with 16 doubles, a triple, 10 homeruns and 46 RBI in just 80 games with the Rangers. He then went on to finish 22nd in the American League MVP voting in 1997. He finished as the fifth best hitter in Major League Baseball that season just behind Ken Griffey, Jr., Frank Thomas, Edgar Martinez and Tino Martinez. Greer retired on February 20, 2005 and was later inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame on August 11, 2007.

Former Falcon Doug Sisson played at Montevallo from 1983-85 and later coached at UM from 1987-88. He is currently the first base coach for the Kansas City Royals and has been coaching in Major and Minor League baseball for 16 years. He has served as the first base coach at Kansas City for two seasons and spent the previous two season as the KC Minor League Field Coordinator. He has served as a Minor League Manager for nine different teams at the AA and A level. As a manager he has a 655-629 record and he led the Harrisburg Senators to an Eastern League Championship in 1999.

Two former Falcons made it to the AA level including Gregory Key and Mick Fieldbinder. Key played two seasons at AA including one with Waterbury in the Eastern League and one with Midland in the Texas League. Fieldbinder spent one season at AA for El Paso in the Texas League.

Former UM baseball coach and athletic director Bob Riesener had one of the greatest statistical lines in the history of minor league baseball. Pitching for the Alexandria Aces of the class C Evangeline League, Riesener went 20-0, leading the league in wins, ERA (2.16, over a run ahead of the #2 man) and shutouts (4). The Aces were just above average (48-43) when Riesener did not get the decision. He only had 4 no-decisions for the Aces. No other minor league pitcher has ever gone 20-0 during the regular season; Tony Napoles had gone 18-0 in the 1946 North Atlantic League and added a 4-0 in the postseason. The closest anyone has come to Riesener's mark have been Billy Macleod (18-0 in the 1965 Eastern League) and Francisco Montano (19-1 in the 1994 Mexican League). Riesener does not hold the record for best overall seasonal record as he was called up to New Orleans after the Evangeline League season ended and lost a pair of decisions.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DRAFT PICKS

Will Fulmer, IF - 2014 - Mets - 22nd round - Pick 10/655                                                      

J.D. Pruitt, OF - 2007 - Athletics - 23rd round - Pick 26/720                                                 

Jeff Segar, 3B - 2000 - Yankees - 23rd round - Pick 28/698

Bernard Hutchison, OF - 1996 - Rockies - 22nd round - Pick 21/656

Mick Fieldbinder, RHP - 1996 - Brewers - 35th round - Pick 8/1033

Rusty Greer, OF - 1990 - Rangers - 10th round - Pick 17/279

Kevin Fowler, RHP - 1989 - Rangers - 37th round - Pick 5/951

Ronnie Rasp, RHP - 1988 - Cubs - 32nd round - Pick 9/820

Brian Cofer, SS - 1988 - Indians - 47th round - Pick 1/1186

Chris Walker, 1B - 1988 - Phillies - 54th round - Pick 7/1301

Kelvin Shephard, OF - 1987 - Expos - 15th round - Pick 12/382

David Bailey, 1B - 1982 - Brewers - 13th round - Pick 25/339

Gregory Key, OF - 1982 - Angels - 16th round - Pick 8/400

Bradley Edlefsen, RHP - 1981 - Braves - 35th round - Pick 5/815

Gregory Key, 2B - 1981 - Reds - 35th round - Pick 7/817

Gregory Key, SS - 1978 - Athletics - 29th round - Pick 3/665

UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS

Nate Russ, RHP - 2010 - Braves

Tony Cappola, 3B - 2000 - Angels

Mike Dunn, 3B/1B - 1981-83 - Giants