Taft College Cougar Baseball Alumni

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Cougar Alumni

2016                Ricky Sottile                           The Masters College (CA)
Ricky played Outfield for the Cougars during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Ricky transferred from Point Loma University in the fall of 2015. He is a 2013 graduate of Bakersfield Christian High School in Bakersfield, CA.

2016                Robby Brewster                    Missouri Baptist University

Robby was a two time All-Conference Starting pitcher during the 2015 and 16 seasons. Robby threw 93 innings sporting a 7-4 record with a 3.29 ERA while collecting 70 strikeouts his sophomore year. He was a 2012 graduate of Spring Valley High School in Las Vegas, NV, and transferred from College of Southern Nevada after 2013.

2016                Shane Kotz                            Simpson University (CA)

Shane pitched for the Cougars in 2011 and made his TC comeback as a pitcher and first baseman in 2016. Shane graduated from Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, CA in 2010.

2016                Caleb Newman                      Bluefield College (VA)

Caleb pitched for the Cougars in 2015 and 2016 and had an ERA of 2.84 with 19 innings pitched his sophomore year. He graduated South Medford High School, OR in 2014.

2016                Alfred Souza                          Simpson University (CA)

Alfred pitched in relief throughout his two year career at TC, Alfred racked up a total of 19 appearances his freshman year, and limited hitters to just a .244 batting average his sophomore year. He graduated Kamehameha High School in Honolulu, HI.

2016                Matt Rogers                           Young Harris College (GA)

Matt held a 3.63 ERA with 12 starts as a freshman, and in 2016 he made 24 appearances for the Cougars with a 4.12 ERA, Matt transferred from Saint Mary’s College of CA in the fall of 2015. He was a 2014 graduate of Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas, NV.

2016                Kyle Wedel                            McPherson College (KS)

Kyle played 2nd and 3rd Base for the Cougars in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He was a 2013 graduate of Wasco High School in Wasco CA.

2016                Brett Haney                           Tabor College (KS)

Brett pitched out of the bullpen during the 2015 and 16 seasons, Brett sported an opponent’s batting average of .182 with 10 strikeouts in 10 innings pitched in 2016. He was a 2013 graduate of Green Valley High School in Henderson, NV.

 

2016                Austin Pendergrass               Texas A&M-Corps of Cadets
Austin was a two-year starter in the outfield for the Cougars in 2015 and 2016. He transferred to “Aggieland” in 2016 and was admitted into the Corps of Cadets where he hope to become an Army officer. While at Texas A&M he played baseball for the Corps of Cadets. He was an alternate selection for the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2016. While at Taft College he had an accumulative 3.95 GPA. Austin is a 2014 graduate of Taft Union High School.



2015        Nick Risucci                         California State University East Bay 

Nick made 16 appearances and 24 strikeouts during the 2015 season. He tossed a 1-hitter in 8 innings of work vs Solano College on opening day of 2015. He is a 2013 graduate of Bonanza High School, Las Vegas. During his senior year at Bonanza he beat perennial national power Bishop Gorman High School twice.

2015       Eric Evans                             California State University Dominguez Hills 

Eric sported the teams lowest ERA at 1.40 and racked up 5 saves in 2015, which is held among the all-time leaders in Taft College baseball history. He was selected as a 2nd team All-CVC relief pitcher. He is a graduate of Holy Trinity High School in Weyburn, SK.

2015      Jeff Gilstrap                           California State University Dominguez Hills

Jeff played 3rd base with a batting average of .273, alongside 7 doubles and 20 RBI’s for the Cougars in 2015. Jeff transferred from Southern Idaho College prior to his sophomore year. Jeff is a 2013 graduate of East HS in Salt Lake City, UT.

2015      Hank Johnson                        Midland University (NE)

Hank pitched in relief during the 2015 season. Hank transferred from College of the Siskiyous prior to the 2015 season. He is a 2012 graduate of West Valley HS in Utah.

2015      Keith Tatum                           Indiana Tech University (IN)

Keith started at catcher and designated hitter for the 2015 season. He finished with a .333 batting average alongside 42 hits, 20 RBI’s and an impressive .430 on base percentage. He earned a selection for 1st team All-CVC. Keith transferred from Ventura College in the fall of 2014. He graduated from Bishop Union High School in Bishop, CA in 2012.

2015     Chris Hopballe                       University of Mobile (AL)

Chris was a 1st baseman and pitcher for the cougars during the 2015 season. He batted .278 with 22 RBI’s, 5 home runs, and an on base percentage of .403. He also had 2 winning starts on the mound. Chris was a 2nd team All-CVC selection for 1st base. Chris transferred from Saddleback College in the fall of 2013. He graduated from Palo Verde High School, NV in 2012.

2015    Bryan Sanchez                        Arts and Science University of Oklahoma (OK)

Bryan pitched in relief both the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Bryan is the younger brother of former Cougar Allan Sanchez. He graduated from Del Carmen HS, in Trujillo Alto, PR in 2012.

2014    Buddy Cooper                          Concordia-Irvine University
Buddy appeared in 22 games in the 2014 season hurling his way to a 1.59 ERA while recording 4 saves on the year.  He was a graduate of Frazier Mountain HS in 2011.

2014    Loren Cutolo                           Oregon Institute of Technology
Loren played 3rd base for the Cougars during the 2013 & 2014 seasons.  At the plate he manufactured 37 hits, 17 RBI’s and hit for a .303 batting average.  Loren was a 2014 2nd team all CVC player and he won the CVC Golden Glove Award in 2014. He was a graduate of Sierra Vista (NV) in 2012.

2014    Dayton Kurian                       William Jessup University
Dayton was a utility player for the Cougars during the 2013 & 2014 seasons. He hit for a .274 batting average alongside 32 hits, and 11 RBI’s.  He finished the year with a .960 fielding percentage.  He was a graduate of Foothill HS (NV) in 2012. 

2014    Kevin Little                            University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Kevin was a pitcher during the 2013 & 2014 seasons leading the Cougars to a 5-4 record with him on the mound.  He marked up a 1.86 ERA through his 12 games started alongside his 48 strikeouts.  He won the 2014 CVC Co-Pitcher of the Year in and was selected as a 2014 1st Team All NorCal Pitcher. He also was a recipient of the 2014 Jockey Club Award.  He graduated from Kern Valley HS in 2012 class.

2014    Matt Moorehead                   Oregon Institute of Technology
Matt doubled as an outfielder and catcher for the Cougars 2013 & 2014 seasons leaving with a 1.000 fielding percentage.  He hit for a .244 batting average with 22 hits and 10 RBI’s.  He was a 2012 graduate of Bakersfield HS.

2014    Travis Tessandori                 University of Mobile (AL)
Travis played outfield for the Cougars during the 2013 & 2014 seasons.  He finished the year with a .285 batting average along with 37 hits and 10 RBI’s.  Travis made the 2nd team All CVC and was a recipient of the CVC Golden Glove team.  He also was a recipient of the 2014 Jockey Club Award. He is a 2012 graduate of Tehachapi HS.

2014    Roman Testani                      University of Mobile (AL)
Roman played 1st base for the Cougars 2013 & 2014 seasons leading the team with a batting average of .376.  He also had 53 hits and 18 RBI’s.  Roman made 2014 1st team All CVC team as a 1B. He was a graduate of Holy Cross Catholic Academy in Ontario, Canada in 2012.

2014    Brandon Van Stone              Hawaii Pacific University
Brandon was a pitcher for the Cougars 2013 & 2014 seasons leading the team with 60 strikeouts, and was teh 2014 Team All Central Valley Conference Pitcher .  He finished the year with a 2.61 ERA through 16 appearances.  He was a graduate of Foothill HS (NV) in 2012.

2014    Scout Villanueva                   Peru State University (NE)
Scout doubled as a 3rd basemen and catcher for the Cougars 2014 season.  He finished the year with a .265 batting average alongside 27 hits and 15 RBI’s and his 13 doubles finished amongst the all-time leaders in Taft College baseball history. Scout is a 2011 graduate of West HS in Bakersfield.

2013    P.J. Matha                            York University (NE)
P.J. was a right handed pitcher in the 2012-13 seasons for the Cougars.  In 2012 he was voted the team’s most valuable pitcher.  He was a graduate of Rancho High School, Las Vegas in 2011.

2013    Luis Trinidad                           Southern University (LA)
Luis was a starter for both years in his 2 year stint at Taft College. The middle infielder took pride in the way he handled the bat at the plate. Well-respected around campus, Luis took part in ASB and maintained a 4.0 GPA, giving him the honor of Academic All Conference both years. He was a graduate of Puerto Rico Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico.

2013    Matt Gunderson                    Brescia University (KY)
Matt was a strong reliever for the Cougars, sporting a one of the highest team ERA’s, He also excelled in the classroom. Matt was a graduate of Burlington High School in Seattle, Washington.

2013    Joshua Hickle                        California State University Monterey Bay (CA)
Josh was a strong leader in the Taft clubhouse, and had a strong offensive game. The catcher also excelled behind the plate. He was injured for nearly his whole sophomore season before moving on. Josh was a graduate of Independence High School in Bakersfield, CA.

2013    Allan Sanchez                        California State University San Bernardino (CA)
Allan was a three year Cougar, sustaining an injury that made him miss his sophomore season. He returned in his third year and was an impact player, as a starter for the Cougars. Allan was a graduate of Del Carmen High School in Puerto Rico.

2013    Brad Smith                            University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Brad was a reliever for the Cougars during his two seasons. He was hard-working on and off of the field. Brad was a graduate of Langley Fundamental High School in Langley, British Columbia.

2013    Michael Vaquera                   University of Pikeville (KY)
Mike was a veteran presence out of the bullpen. He owned closing duties for the Cougars in 2013. He was a good teammate on and off the field.


2012    Sean Arbaut                           Minot State University (ND)

Sean was two year starter in the program, and also an outstanding defensive third baseman. He was known as a high character player that was well thought of on the Taft College campus. He was an ASB member while at Taft, and was a graduate of Tehachapi High School.

2012    Pierce Belaustegui                 Viterbo University (WI)
Pierce was a two year starter, who made 1st team all CVC his sophomore year. He was a great student while at Taft College. He was a great offensive presence while at Taft College. He was a graduate of Silverado High School in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2012    Clem Ferrer                           University of Antelope Valley (CA)
Clem was a two year starter, and played primarily left field for the Cougars. He was an All CVC Golden Glove Outfielder in 2012. He was an excellent bunter with great speed. Clem was a graduate of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy H.S.

2012    Corey Gilligan                       University of Pikeville (KY)
Corey was a rotation pitcher in his sophomore year. He is a left-handed strike thrower, and also excelled in the classroom. Corey is a graduate from Basic High School in Henderson, Nevada.

2012    Jay Huggins                           New Mexico Highlands University (NM)
Jay was a starter for the Cougars in his sophomore year. He played first and third base. He is originally from British Colombia, where he was an outstanding student as well.

2012    Matt Packer                           University of Miami (OH)
Matt was a transfer from Chapman University. He was the Cougar starting second baseman in 2012. He was an outstanding student at Taft College maintaining a 4.0 GPA. .Matt was a graduate from Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, California.

2012    Chase Skinner                       San Diego Christian College (CA)
A starter in right field for the Cougars, after transferring from Cerro Coso College. Chase made second team all CVC. He was a graduate of Legacy High School in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2012    Forrest Smith                         Oklahoma City University (OK)
A two- year starter at first base for the Cougars, had a terrific season until an injury happened ending his season. He was also a really good student at Taft College. Forrest made second team all CVC, and was a graduate of Foothill High School in Bakersfield, CA.

2011    Austin Christiansen              Dixie State University (Utah)
A two-year starter for the Cougars, Austin was a 2011 first team All CVC Utility player as a first baseman and pitcher. He was also selected as an All NorCal Utility player. He was voted by his teammates as the Team MVP in 2011. Austin was also an Academic All American in 2011. Austin graduated from Legacy High School in Las Vegas, NV in 2009.

2011    Matt Davis                             St. Edwards University (Texas)
A member of the Cougars starting rotation during the 2011 season, Matt was also a 2009 graduate from Taft Union High School. 

2011    Jesus Del Rosario                  Azusa Pacific University (CA)/ Rogers State University (OK) / Rockford Aviators
Had a great 2 year career at TC, was a first team All CVC Relief Pitcher in 2010 and a 2nd team member in 2011. In 2010 Jesus set the all-time Taft College record for opponent’s batting average at .152. He was selected to the Fall NorCal All Star Showcase in 2010. He is a graduate of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy High School in 2009. Jesus signed an independent ball contract with the Rockford Aviators in Chicago, IL in 2013.

2011    Braden Keathley                   Christian Brothers University (TN)
A member of the Cougars starting rotation in both 2010 and 2011, also the team’s starting designated hitter. Selected to the Fall NorCal All Star Showcase in 2010. Was a 2nd team all CVC Pitcher in 2011. Voted by his teammates as the Most Valuable Pitcher in 2011. Braden was a 2009 graduate of Silverado High School in Las Vegas, NV.

2011    Barrett Nielsen                      Northwest Nazarene University (ID) / Colorado State University-Pueblo
A member of the Cougars pitching staff in 2011. Because of his excellence in the classroom, decided to transfer to Northwest Nazarene for academic reasons. A 2009 graduate of McLurg High School in Wilkie, Saskatchewan, Canada.

2011    Perry Rogan                          Patten University (California)/ University of Antelope Valley (CA) 
A two year starter for the Cougars. Selected in 2011 as a 1st team All CVC Third Baseman and a 2nd team All CVC Third Baseman in 2010. Voted by his teammates as the team Most Valuable Hitter in 2011. A 2009 graduate from East Bakersfield High School.

2011    Larry Valdes                         University of Hawaii-Hilo
A starter for the Cougars in 2011, playing left field, second base, and pitcher. A valuable addition to the 2011 Cougars after transferring from Mesa College in Arizona. A 2007 graduate from Valley High School in Las Vegas, NV.

2011    Josh Dickey                          Oklahoma City University
A two-year starter for the Cougars playing both outfield and catcher. Made 2nd Team All Central Valley Conference outfielder in his sophomore year (2011). Holds both the season (18) and career (31) records for hit by pitches. Josh is a 2009 graduate of Centennial High School in Bakersfield.

2011
   Stefan Norman                       Eastern New Mexico University (NM)
Stefan started at left field and DH for the Cougars. He was a graduate of Silverado High School in Las Vegas, NV. He was a very good student as well.


2010         Anthony Rodriguez           Azusa Pacific University (CA)

An All-CVC shortstop his sophomore year at Taft College. This switch hitting shortstop hit .384 and stole 23 bases in 26 attempts. His freshman year was voted to the CVC "Golden Glove" team. A 2008 graduate of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy High School in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

2010             Rex Blaylock              CSU-East Bay
His sophomore year at Taft College he hit .338, stole 8 bases, and only committed one error while playing the outfield. Rex was a visible student-athlete during his time at Taft College serving as an ASB Activities Officer his sophomore year. A 2008 graduate of Riverton High School in Riverton, Utah.



2009             Shawn Wilyman              CSU-Northridge

A two-year starting pitcher for the Cougars, this Regina, Saskatchewan native was a second team all conference pitcher in 2009. He made the Nor Cal All Star team in fall 2008. Second most in season strike outs at Taft College with 89 in 2009. Compiled an accumulative 3.20 GPA while at Taft College.

2009             Tyler Smith                        Bacone College (OK)
Two-time second team all conference outfielder (2008-2009). A resident of Las Vegas, Tyler tied the most HBP’s record at Taft College with 16 in 2009. Also, stole 24 bases and scored 40 runs in 2009.  Graduated with an accumulative 3.50 GPA from Taft College.

2009             Zach Biehl                          New Mexico State University
A CCC All American after his 2009 season. Led the state in saves (12), appearances (31), opponents batting average (.166), and third in total era (1.41). Also selected as a second team All Pacific Region (California, Oregon, and Washington). He also appeared in 31 games as a reliever in 2008, which also led the state. All of the before-mentioned categories/stats are also Taft College records. Had a grade point average of 3.10 while at Taft College.

2009             Kevin Chapman               University of Texas-Brownsville
Led the 2009 team with 7 wins and second in appearances with 25 (which was second in the state of California).  Transferred from Whittier College after completing his freshman year of baseball there in 2007. A 2006 graduate of Silverado High School in Henderson, Nevada. Had an accumulative 3.35 GPA at Taft College.

2009             Neynoel Perez                  University of Texas-Brownsville
A two-year starter for the Cougars, started in centerfield in 2008 and played right field and DH in 2009.  Blessed with a lot of skills; good arm, running ability, and hitting. A very good student athlete, had a 3.25 GPA while at Taft College. 2007 graduate of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy High School.

2009             Wilfredo Rodriguez         York University-Nebraska

A two-year starter for the Cougars who is from Bayamon, Puerto Rico. A very good defensive first baseman who also hit in the middle of the lineup during his sophomore year at TC. His freshman year at Taft College he started at third base for the Cougars.



2008             Alex Osorio                        West Texas A & M
A starting outfielder and relief pitcher in 2008, a shoulder injury ended his season prematurely.  An outstanding individual and student athlete, who was thought of highly by everyone while at Taft College.  Graduated from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy High School in 2006.

2008          Cory Hall              Santa Clara University/Kansas City Royals

After transferring in to Taft College from Gonzaga University, this Regina, Saskatchewan native put together an outstanding season for the Cougars.  He was a first team all CVC selection and currently holds two Taft College pitching records (5 complete games and 92 strike outs). While at Santa Clara during his senior year, 2011, Cory was selected as an All WCC Pitcher and later signed with the Kansas City Royals as a non-drafted free agent.

2008          K.C. Judge           California Lutheran University
A 2006 Chaparral High School graduate from Las Vegas, Nevada.  K.C. was a 2-year starter for the Cougars.  His freshman year he started at third base and his sophomore started in left field and first base.  An outstanding contact hitter and base runner for the Cougars during his two year at Taft College. K.C. signed an independent league contract for the 2012-2013 year.

 

2007      Alex Lyons      University of San Francisco/Cameron University
The Cougar's starting centerfielder during the 2007 season. Led the team in stolen bases with 31 while hitting .304. The model "student-athlete" while at TC; maintained a 3.80 grade point average while at Taft College. A high school graduate of Timpanogos, Utah in 2005. In 2008 he transferred to Cameron University in Oklahoma.


2007      Daniel Bennett      University of Southern Illinois at Edwardsville
Starting pitcher during the 2007 season for the Cougar's. Led the team in wins (5), innings pitched (88), games started (15), complete games (1), and strike outs (63). A graduate of Klamath Union High School in Klamath Falls, Oregon in 2005.


2007      Chase Blackwood      Valdosta State University (Georgia)/Chicago White Sox
A two-year starter for the Cougars behind the plate. Made the fall California Community College Fall All Star game. Led the team in homeruns (5) in 2007. A graduate of Taft Union High School in 2005. In 2009 Chase signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Chicago White Sox.Chase played professionally until 2011.


2007      Glen Haenelt      New Mexico Highlands University
The Cougars starting first baseman last year after transferring from Allan Hancock College. Led the team in batting (.376) and slugging pct. (.560). A graduate of Liberty High School in Bakersfield, California in 2005.


2007     C.T. Twisselman     York University (Nebraska)
A two-year starter for the Cougars where he played outfield, third base, and second base. Led the team in runs scored, 30 and swiped 20 bases during the 2007 season. A graduate from Taft Union High School in 2005.


2007     Chris Wedel     William-Penn University (Iowa)
A reliever his freshman year at Taft, in 2007 he anchored the pitching staff along with Daniel Bennett. Second on the staff in innings pitched with 76. His older brother Jeremy is the Cougar's pitching coach. A 2003 graduate from Wasco High School in California.

 

2006      Josh Herback-South      CSU-Northridge/Colorado State University at Pueblo
A second team all CVC pitcher during the spring of 2006, Josh was in the top-ten in the state in innings pitched (103) and games started (16). His complete game win at Fresno City College in April 2006 was one of the best pitching performances in recent Taft College baseball history. He signed during the early signing period in November 2005. In 2008 Josh transferred to Colorado State University at Pueblo.


2006      Owen Van Noy      College of the Ozarks (Missouri)
A two-year starter for the Cougars at shortstop, he signed during the early signing period in November 2005.


2006      Matt Bezzant      Southern Utah University
A two-year starting catcher. Made the NorCal fall All-Star game in 2005. Lead the Cougars in home runs (8) and rbi (39) his freshman year.


2006      Matt Jankowski      Central Methodist University (Missouri)
A starting pitcher his sophomore year at Taft. Ranked in the top-20 in innings pitched (80) his sophomore season at Taft College.


2006      Jimmy Whitworth      Colorado State University at Pueblo
reserve outfielder his freshman year at Taft College, he became the closer for Taft College his sophomore year. He led the team in saves (5) in 2006.



2005     Kyle Kasper     Utah Valley State College
A starting pitcher for the 2005 Cougar baseball team and a relief pitcher in 2004. A native of Riverton, Utah who excelled on the field and in the classroom while at Taft College. One of the hardest workers to ever wear the "black & gold."


2005     Anthony Reed     Cal State University, Northridge
A 2003 graduate of North High School in Bakersfield, Anthony was a unanimous All-CVC outfielder. He was top five in the state in batting average (.439), on-base pct. (.527), slugging pct. (.748), triples (6), and stolen bases (25 for 25). In 2005 he was an All-American.


2005     Thomas Lees     Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho)
A product of Edmonton, Alberta, Thomas was an honorable mention CVC utility player. Thomas played all 3 outfield positions, first baseball, and pitcher.


2005     Jeff Mason     Wayne State University (Nebraska)
A product of Calgary, Alberta in Canada. Jeff was a starter for the Cougars in left field. He left Taft College after his freshman year to attend Wayne State in Nebraska.

 

2004     Brian Conradi     Sacramento State University
A 2002 graduate of Liberty High School in Bakersfield, Brian was an All-CVC shortstop for the Cougars. Brian led the team in numerous offensive categories.


2004     Brian Hedman     University of Utah
A 2002 graduate of Taylorsville High School in Taylorsville, Utah. He was member of the 2002 Utah 5A state high school championship team. Brian served as a reliever and spot starter for the Cougars during his two years in Taft.


2004     Tyler Wright     BIOLA University
A 2002 graduate of Liberty High School in Bakersfield. He was a 2nd team All-CVC first baseman. Tyler lead the team in batting average and on-base pct. his sophomore season.


2004     Steve Kittrell     Menlo College
A 2002 graduate of Highland High School in Bakersfield. Steve played a number of positions for the Cougars in his two years at Taft College (3B, SS, 2B, & OF).


2004     Kyle Curtis     University of Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada)
A product of Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. Kyle was a two year starter for the Cougars in right field.

 

2003     Jason Stuart     Friends University (Kansas)
From Port Orchard, Washington, pitched for the Cougars primarily as a  relief pitcher.


2003     John Stevens       Cal-State University, Los Angeles
From Pahrump, Nevada, played catcher for Cougars after a "red-shirt"  2002 season.


2003     Brad Cline    Friends University (Kansas)
From Bellingham, Washington, played first base and outfield for the Cougars.

 

2002     Justin Clift    Northwest Missouri State University
A 2000 graduate from Bonanza High School in Las Vegas.   Made the All-CVC as a 3rd baseman his freshman year at Taft. 


2002     Justin Thurman   Friends University (Kansas)
A 2000 graduate from Las Vegas High School.  Played 1st base and DH for the Cougars during his career at Taft College.


2002     Cody Hunter     Friends University (Kansas)
From Salt Lake City, Utah.  Played center field for the Cougars during his two year stint at Taft College.

 

2001     Ty Harbaugh    Northwest Missouri State University
From Las Vegas, Nevada, a two year starting pitcher for the Cougars.


2001     Eric Fagen     Cal-State University, Stanislaus
From Washington, a two-year starting left handed pitcher for the Cougars.


Here is a short description of Cougar players who signed professional baseball contracts:

Chase Blackwood signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2009 with the Chicago White Sox after playing two years at Valdosta State University. Selected after his junior year (2008) as a "Golden Glove" All American catcher (best D-II defensive catcher). Having just completed his second year in the White Sox organization Chase still resides in Taft and often works out with the Taft College Baseball Team.

Allan Simpson (RHP) Allan was drafted in the 8th round by the Seattle Mariners after his sophomore year at TC (1997). He eventually made it all the way to the major leagues playing for the Seattle Mariners, the Colorado Rockies, and the Cincinnati Reds.

Recent news -
Simpson Traded to Cincinnati Reds Saturday April 9, 2005
Allan Simpson on the 25-man opening roster for the Rockies Monday, April 4, 2005
Allan Simpson called up to Colorado Rockies Monday, July 26, 2004

Bob Simonson a 1984 grad of Taft College, was a 2nd round draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers. Played professionally for 8 years. A Grand Rapids, Michigan native, he transferred from Oklahoma State University his sophomore year to Taft College in the fall of 1983. Currently lives in Oklahoma City.

David Harriman (2000) A product of British Columbia, Canada. David transferred to Armstrong State in Georgia.  He was drafted by the Oakland A's as a catcher and played three years in the A's organization

Ron Coomer (class of 1986)A high school grad from Chicago, Illinois. Holdsnumerous offensive records at TC. Played in the major leagues with the Minnesota twins, Chicago cubs, new York Yankees, and finished up his career with the LA dodgers. see the article from the local Taft Midway Driller newspaper

Kevin Van DeBrake (Inf)  Signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1990.  From Selah Washington.  

Kevin Johnson (OF)  Signed in 1988 with the Montreal Expos and played two years of  professional baseball.  From San Luis Obispo, California.

Chris Keim (LHP)   Drafted after freshman year at TC (23rd round); signed with the Cincinnati Reds after his sophomore year; played 2 years of professional baseball.  

Ken Harris (OF)   Drafted  by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 15th round after his sophomore year.  Ken played 2 years of professional baseball.  From   Snohomish, Washington.

Agustin Gonzalez   Signed with the Cincinnati Reds after his freshman year at TC (1989).   Played 2 years of professional baseball.  From Orosi, California.

Donny Harrel (C)   Drafted in the 18th round by the Kansas City Royals after his sophomore year at TC (1990).  A shoulder injury ended his career after 2 years.  He is currently the Head Baseball Coach at the Seattle Universtiy.  From North Bend, Oregon.

Jason Kummerfeldt (RHP) Signed with the Cincinnati Reds in 1992 and played 5 years of  professional baseball. From Billings, Montana.

Skye Leibee (LHP)  Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 27th round after his sophomore year at TC (1992), and played 2 years of professional baseball. From Taft, California.

Jeffrey Newkirk (OF)  Signed a pro contract with the Chicago White Sox and played 2 years of professional baseball.

Mike McDougal (1B/RHP) Drafted in the 31st round by the St. Louis Cardinals after his freshman season at TC (1994) as a 1st baseman. From Las Vegas, Nevada.

Troy Ormonde (RHP)  Drafted in the 29th round by the Chicago Cubs after his freshman season at TC (1994).  He played 2 years of professional baseball.  From Las Vegas, Nevada.

Aaron Hee (LHP)   Drafted in the 50th round by the New York Mets after his sophomore year at  TC (1998).  Played at Pittsfield in the New York-Penn League in 2000.  From Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jerome Robinson, signed as a free agent and played two years in the Cincinnati Reds organization.