In light of the recent news of T.J. Rivera being selected as a South Atlantic League All-Star, here's how some recent Trojan baseball players are doing at the next level. Hope I didn't leave anyone off. The player links go to their MiLB.com player profile.
**So far, Clint Robinson is 0-for-3 in three pinch-hit appearances with the Kansas City Royals. He figures to be up in the majors for at least 8 more games, though hopefully it'll be longer.
**Chase Whitley (AAA - Yankees organization) - Whitley, who played one season at Troy and was drafted in 2010 and signed, is 5-2 with a 3.93 ERA as a middle reliever at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He's been struggling in his last few games, but has made a rapid climb up the organization as a relief pitcher.
**T.J. Rivera (A - Mets) is hitting .323 with 7 HR and 30 RBI for Savannah. Rivera was a two-year starter and didn't hit for much power at Troy, but is really swinging it well after signing as a free agent last year.
**Adam Bryant (A - Twins) is hitting .271 with 0 HR and 22 RBI for the Beloit Snappers and playing shortstop. Bryant hit for some big power over his last two years at Troy. Bryant started out last year in Beloit and his bat hasn't really caught up in the pros as it did in college - yet.
**Chris Sorce (A - Mariners) is 1-2 with a 7.11 ERA for the High Desert Mavericks. Sorce pitched one year at Troy, 2009, and got drafted. Sorce was a reliever at Troy but has been a starter in the minors. Last year, pitching for High Desert, he was a California League all-star. Now, his MiLB page says he's on the voluntarily retired list, so looks like his career is over.
**Mike Rivera (AAA - Red Sox) is still hanging around. He's played for several years in the big leagues, and played for Troy long before I even started covering the Trojans.
Some other former Trojans are playing for independent leagues or just got done playing. Former catcher Beau Brooks tried his hand at pitching last year for the Angels, but got released after four minor league seasons. HERE is an interesting story about Adam Godwin, an outfielder who is tearing it up in an independent league and just got engaged to Dr. Jack Hawkins' daughter. Pitcher Josh Dew made it to AA with the Cardinals a few years back, but has been playing independent ball. He had re-signed with the Wichita Wingnuts again, but now he's pitching in the Mexican League.