Sean Merriman, web editor, May 23, 2015

There are several players in this weekend's Big Ten Baseball Tournament who will likely be playing in the majors in a few years down the line.

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In fact, the Big Ten has produced a number of outstanding players over the past couple of years who are currently enjoying a massive amount of success at the MLB level.

Who are these players and where did they play their college ball, you ask?

We have that answer for you right here.

Here's a look at our top 10 players who played at Big Ten schools currently on MLB 40-man rosters.


1. OF Alex Gordon*, Kansas City Royals
Big Ten School: Nebraska
Career MLB Stats: .268 AVG, 125 HR, 496 RBI (9 years)
Summary: Gordon, a two-time All-Star, is arguably the game's top defensive left fielder, evidenced by his four Gold Gloves. The second overall pick in the 2005 draft, Gordon recently hit his 400th extra-base hit (125 HR, 21 3B, 254 2B) and has averaged 19 home runs, 79 RBI and 93 runs the previous four seasons.

2. 3B Todd Frazier*, Cincinnati Reds
Big Ten School: Rutgers
Career MLB Stats: .257 AVG, 85 HR, 258 RBI (5 years)
Summary: Frazier made his first All-Star game last season and currently is tied for second in the NL with 12 home runs. One of the game's top third basemen, the former Rutgers star has blasted 79 home runs in the last three-plus seasons.

3. P Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins
Big Ten School: Minnesota
Career MLB Stats: 32-20, 3.78 ERA, 103 saves, 32 holds (10 years)
Summary: Perkins has transformed into a lights-out closer for the Twins, recording 101 saves and averaging more than a K per inning in the last three-plus seasons. Here is Perkins' ERA by year since 2011: 2.48; 2.56; 2.30; 3.65; 1.40 (this season).

4. P Tony Watson*, Pittsburgh Pirates
Big Ten School: Nebraska
Career MLB Stats: 21-8, 2.53 ERA, 90 holds, 5 saves (5 years)
Summary: Watson is one of the game's top set-up men. A 2014 All-Star, the left-hander has amassed 90 holds in his four-plus MLB seasons, all while not boasting an ERA over 2.39 since 2012 or a WHIP over 1.13 since 2011.

5. OF David DeJesus*, Tampa Bay Rays
Big Ten School: Rutgers
Career MLB Stats: .278 AVG, 97 HR, 559 RBI (12 years)
Summary: A consistent and reliable outfielder, DeJesus has hit over .280 seven times, and has driven in 50-plus runs in six seasons.

6. OF Nick Swisher, Cleveland Indians
Big Ten School: Ohio State
Career MLB Stats: .251 AVG, 239 HR, 781 RBI (12 years)
Summary: Injuries have plagued Swisher this season and last, as he's only played in 112 of 202 games. Before then, though, the former Buckeye was a regular 20-homer, 80-RBI guy who annually had an on-base percentage above .350.

7. P Brett Cecil*, Toronto Blue Jays
Big Ten School: Maryland
Career MLB Stats: 36-32, 4.36 ERA, 8 saves, 39 holds (7 years)
Summary: A starter-turned-reliever, Cecil has found his niche out of the bullpen, registering a 2.83 ERA in 127 innings the last two-plus seasons. A season ago, the former Maryland hurler racked up a career-high 24 holds while striking out 76 in 53.1 innings.

8. P Joba Chamberlain*, Detroit Tigers
Big Ten school:
Career MLB Stats:
25-20, 3.76 ERA, 107 holds, 7 saves (9 years)
Chamberlain is currently enjoying his best season since 2011 (2-0, 2.83 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 12 holds), boasting a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings out of the Detroit bullpen.

9. P J.A. Happ, Seattle Mariners
Big Ten School: Northwestern
Career MLB Stats: 54-54, 4.21 ERA, 746 strikeouts (9 years)
Summary: Happ has enjoyed a solid MLB career since breaking in with the Phillies back in 2007. He became a starter with Philadelphia in 2009, when he won 12 games and sported a sub-3.00 ERA.

10. P Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals
Big Ten school: Illinois
Career MLB Stats: 22-13, 2.57 ERA, 185 strikeouts (3 years)
Summary: This former Illinois star is in the midst of his third season in the majors after two successful years spent mostly as a starter. A season ago, Roark sported a 1.09 WHIP and won 15 games in 31 starts.

— * Denotes player who played before school entered Big Ten.