Wake Forest University Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues

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

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"He's ( Mike MacDougal ) a young kid with a good arm, very good movement with good velocity. Like a lot of young kids, control has been a big problem for him as has improving his second pitch, a slider." - Tony Muser on BPSports.com (Staff Writers, 'Former Deacon makes MLB Debut', 09/25/2001, Source )

Wake Forest College
"Demon Deacons"

In Chronological Order

1. Bill Wynne 1888 - 1994 08-31-1894
2. Lee Gooch 1914 - 1915 08-17-1915
3. Larry Woodall ( North Carolina ) 1911 - 1913 05-20-1920
4. Vic Sorrell 1923 - 1925 04-22-1928
5. Junie Barnes 1930 - 1934 09-12-1934
6. Buddy Lewis 1934 - 1934 06-16-1935
7. Doyt Morris 1935 - 1937 06-06-1937
8. Eddie Yount 1935 - 1937 09-09-1937
9. Tom Lanning 1926 - 1930 09-14-1938
10. John Gaddy 1933 - 1938 09-27-1938
11. Morrie Aderholt 1935 - 1939 09-13-1939
12. Dick Newsome 1928 - 1933 04-25-1941
13. Willard Marshall 1938 - 1939 04-14-1942
14. Ray Scarborough 1936 - 1939 06-26-1942
15. Tommy Byrne 1938 - 1940 04-27-1943
16. Charlie Ripple 1940 - 1944 09-25-1944
17. Elmer Sexauer 1945 - 1948 09-06-1948
18. Gair Allie 1951 - 1951 04-13-1954
19. Jack Meyer ( Delaware ) 1951 - 1951 04-16-1955
20. Rip Coleman ( Syracuse ) 1951 - 1951 08-15-1955
21. Willard Hunter 1953 - 1957 04-16-1962
22. Bill Dillman 1965 - 1965 04-14-1967

Wake Forest University
"Demon Deacons"

In Chronological Order

23. Craig Robinson 1968 - 1970 09-09-1972
24. Brick Smith 1978 - 1981 09-13-1987
25. Tommy Gregg 1982 - 1985 09-14-1987
26. Erik Hanson 1984 - 1986 09-05-1988
27. Kevin Jarvis 1988 - 1991 04-06-1994
28. Mike Buddie 1990 - 1992 04-06-1998
29. Sean DePaula 1994 - 1996 08-31-1999
30. Mike MacDougal 1997 - 1999 09-22-2001
31. Dave Bush 1999 - 2002 07-02-2004
32. Cory Sullivan 2000 - 2000 04-04-2005
33. Ryan Braun ( UNLV ) 2000 - 2002 09-02-2006
34. James D'Antona 2001 - 2003 07-22-2008
35. Chris Getz ( Michigan ) 2003 - 2003 08-12-2008
36. Matt Antonelli 2004 - 2006 09-01-2008
37. Allan Dykstra 2006 - 2008 04-08-2015
38. Tim Cooney 2010 - 2012 04-30-2015
39. Mac Williamson 2010 - 2012 09-23-2015
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The Wake Forest University baseball program started in 1891, Bill Wynne was the first Demon Deacon to make it to the Major League level. Names that appear on the chart above in bold print are in the Wake Forest University Hall of Fame.

BPSports.net covers all major sports with a "spiritual attitude". They include headlines, news and feature stories on Christian athletes, schools, tournaments and sports. When Mike MacDougal , the most recent Demon Deacon, made his major league debut they ran the following story:

CHICAGO (BP)—Former Wake Forest All-American pitcher Mike MacDougal made his major league debut on Saturday night for Kansas City. MacDougal started for the Royals at Comiskey Park in Chicago against the White Sox.

MacDougal , a first-round pick in 1999, pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout. He did not earn a decision as the Royals lost 5-4 in 10 innings.

MacDougal joins pitchers Kevin Jarvis (San Diego), Mike Buddie (Milwaukee) and Sean DePaula (Cleveland) as the other Wake Forest alumni currently active in the majors.

MacDougal is expected to start again on Thursday against Detroit at Kauffmann Stadium in Kansas City and will likely make several starts for the Royals with 12 games remaining in the regular season. The Las Vegas, Nev., native was a first team All-America selection at Wake Forest in 1999 and helped lead the Demon Deacons to back-to-back ACC Championships in 1998 and 1999.

"We were just going to bring Mac ( MacDougal ) up here and let him get acquainted with this lifestyle," Royals manager Tony Muser said on the club's official website. "We wanted him to be around Big League pitchers and be around (pitching coach) Al Nipper . But because of ( Paul Byrd's injury) situation, Mac was already here. He's here, let's pitch him."

MacDougal is more than willing to get out on the mound.

"I'm real excited," said the 24-year-old Las Vegas native before his debut. "It will be pretty neat to get my first start in the Big Leagues. I was coming up here to throw a few bullpen sessions and hang out. Now I'm pitching.

"It will get me ready for next year and get me some experience up here. Hopefully I'll learn what it takes to stay up here."

Muser is excited about the youngster's chances.

"He's a young kid with a good arm, very good movement with good velocity. Like a lot of young kids, control has been a big problem for him as has improving his second pitch, a slider. Over the last five starts in Triple-A, he made a big push. "I don't know how he'll pitch. A lot of kids struggle early when they first get here. I'm sure he's going to be antsy. In our situation, we're trying to battle our way out of the cellar. I think it's time to take a look at him."

Source: BPSports.net

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