Howard College Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a comprehensive chart of every Howard College alumni who played baseball at the Howard College AND made it to the Major League level.

"Nobody likes to be called a spoiler. It means you're out of it. We're not trying to be spoilers. We're trying to salvage something out of a pretty dismal season." - Troy Neel in The Gadsden Times (AP Wire, 09/10/1993, 'Jays lose again but remain tied for lead', Sports / Page 12)
Howard College

In Chronological Order


Name [Click for M.L. Stats]

Dates Played

Debut / Box


Troy Neel ( Texas A&M )

1983 - 1983



David Maurer ( Oklahoma State )

1994 - 1994



Brandon Claussen

1997 - 1998



Pedro Villarreal

2006 - 2006


5. Burch Smith ( Oklahoma ) 2010 - 2010 05-11-2013
6. Tyler Ladendorf 2007 - 2008 04-08-2015
7. Hunter Wood 2013 - 2013 05-30-2017

Tanner Scott

2014 - 2014



Name [Click for M.L. Stats]

Dates Played

Debut / Box

Albright College MLB Player Alumnus

The Howard College baseball program started in 1952 and Troy Neel was their first player to make it to the Major League level.
The Howard County Junior College was established in Big Spring in 1945. 148 students began lessons in September 1946, in the hospital wing of the former Big Spring Army Air Force Bombardier School (later Webb Air Force Base). Five years later the school moved to a 100-acre site in southeast Big Spring which came to include an administration-classroom-library building, a practical-arts building, a greenhouse, a music building, dormitories and a 10,000-seat stadium. The school's name changed to Howard College at Big Spring by 1974.
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