Here are Big Ten names on 2016 MLB Opening Day rosters
It’s MLB Opening Day, and that means it’s time to take a quick look at the Big Ten names on the league’s official 25-man rosters.
[ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten pros coverage ]
Thirteen former Big Ten stars will be suited up on MLB Opening Day, which this year includes Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, headlined by ex-Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber and former Minnesota pitcher Glen Perkins.
Four schools have multiple players (Indiana; Michigan; Northwestern; Ohio State), paced by the Buckeyes and Wolverines’ three apiece.
Here’s a look at the complete list, listed in alphabetical order of Big Ten school:
Tanner Roark, P, Washington Nationals (Illinois)
Josh Phegley, C, Oakland A’s (Indiana)
Kyle Schwarber, OF/C, Chicago Cubs (Indiana)
Rich Hill, SP, Oakland A’s (Michigan)
Zach Putnam, RP, Chicago White Sox (Michigan)
Clayton Richard, RP, Chicago Cubs (Michigan)
Glen Perkins, RP, Minnesota Twins (Minnesota)
J.A. Happ, SP, Toronto Blue Jays (Northwestern)
George Kontos, RP, San Francisco Giants (Northwestern)
Eric Fryer, C, St. Louis Cardinals (Ohio State)
Cory Luebke, P, Pittsburgh Pirates (Ohio State)
J.B. Shuck, OF, Chicago White Sox (Ohio State)
Kevin Plawecki, C, New York Mets (Purdue)
And here’s a look at the Maryland, Nebraska & Rutgers names, all of who played before the schools entered the Big Ten.
Brett Cecil, RP, Toronto Blue Jays (Maryland)
Joba Chamberlain, RP, Cleveland Indians (Nebraska)
Alex Gordon, LF, Kansas City Royals (Nebraska)
Tony Watson, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates (Nebraska)
Todd Frazier, 3B, Chicago White Sox (Rutgers)