With professional baseball season more than halfway over, former Bears are still making their presence felt on the diamond. Alumni Marcus Semien, Brandon Morrow, Tyson Ross, Andrew Knapp, Trevor Hildenberger and Michael Brady are all active in the MLB and many more are currently playing in the minors.
Rookies Hildenberger and Brady are the two most recently alumni, both of whom have found roles as relief pitchers. Hildenberger has a had decent success in his few appearances as a middle reliever for the Twins posting a 3.12 ERA for the season. Brady has had a similar role for the A’s and has been used additionally as a long reliever, pitching multiple innings per outing.
Another rookie, Knapp made the Opening Day roster in 2017. Knapp has become one of the two main catchers on the Phillies roster, starting in almost all of the 49 games he has played in, along with hitting .252 this season.
After missing much of the first half of the season with the A’s, Semien has recently returned. While he struggled upon his return, he has been able to improve his numbers since returning from injury and hit a grand slam in against the Giants in the Bay Bridge Series. Additionally, Semien has improved his fielding which as a has been an issue for the fifth-year shortstop much of his career.
Most of the former Bears in the MLB are fairly young, but Ross and Morrow are the two veterans of the group.
Ross, the eight-year veteran, started 2017 on the Texas Rangers. Since leaving the Padres, the 2014 All-Star hasn’t been able to replicate the success he had in 2013 and 2014 with San Diego. On his new team, Ross has posted a 2-2 record with a staggerly high ERA of 7.52 and has recently been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a finger injury.
The oldest Cal alumnus on the list, Morrow, is currently entering his 11th season. Throughout his career, Morrow has played for multiple teams and currently is with the Dodgers after being called up from the minor league in late May. For most of the beginning of his career, Morrow was a starting pitcher but has now found a role in the Dodgers bullpen. Morrow has posted a 1.99 ERA this season and has been a solid middle reliever.