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April 15, 2014

SEAWOLVES IN THE PROS

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Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook Baseball alumni continue to make an impact in Major and Minor League Baseball. The #Seawolves have 11 former student-athletes active in the pros and many of them have made opening day rosters in the last week.

Stony Brook has two players active in Major League Baseball. Stony Brook Hall of Famer Joe Nathan '97 is in his first season with the Detroit Tigers after signing a two-year contract with the club last December. Nathan is the active MLB leader in saves (341) and is tied for 10th all-time in MLB history. He is a six-time All-Star and is coming off a 2013 season in which he saved 43 games with a 1.39 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 64-2/3 innings.

Former Stony Brook pitcher Tom Koehler '08 is in his third season with the Miami Marlins, and this year was the first time he made the opening day roster as he earned a spot in the rotation. The New Rochelle, N.Y., native, who won his first start of the year on April 4th vs. San Diego, had a strong finish to his 2013 season, as he was 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in his final three starts, including eight shutout innings at Citi Field vs. the Mets in front of his family and friends.

Stony Brook has one player in Minor League Triple-A in former #Seawolves All-American pitcher Nick Tropeano, who is with the Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Pacific Coast League. This is his fourth year in the Houston Astros organization after being drafted in June 2011. Last season with the Corpus Christi Hooks in the Texas League (Class AA), Tropeano was 7-10 with a 4.11 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 133-2/3 innings.

The program has two players at the Minor League Double-A level, headlined by former #Seawolves All-American outfielder Travis Jankowski, who was Stony Brook's first and only first-round MLB Draft pick, is in his first season in Double-A, playing for the San Antonio Missions in the Texas League. In his third year with the San Diego Padres organization, Jankowski hit .286 with Lake Elsinore (High A) in 2013 and stole 71 bases while scoring 89 runs in 122 games.

Former #Seawolves catcher and captain Pat Cantwell '12 is in his first season with the Frisco Roughriders, a Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. He spent the 2013 season with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Rangers' High-A affiliate, and hit .253 with 24 RBI in 69 games.

2012 #Seawolves All-American Willie Carmona is in his first year with the Clearwater Threshers in the Florida State League, the High A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Carmona spent the last two seasons with the Lakewood Blue Claws in A ball. In 2013, he hit .303 with six home runs, 34 doubles and 54 RBI in 121 games.

2012 #Seawolves All-American Maxx Tissenbaum has a new team and a new position in 2014. After playing second base for Stony Brook and the San Diego organization, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays this past offseason and is being converted to catcher. He is playing for the Charlotte Stone Crabs in the Florida State League, the Rays' High A affiliate. Last year for the Fort Wayne Tin-Caps in the Midwest League, Tissenbaum hit .277 with 28 doubles and 49 RBI. Known for not striking out much, he fanned only 36 times in 490 plate appearances last season. Tissenbaum chronicles his experiences as a Minor Leaguer in his blog "Red, White and the 3-0 Green Light."

Former #Seawolves pitchers Tyler Johnson '12, a 2012 All-American, and Jasvir Rakkar are still with their Major League organizations, but have not been assigned to a Minor League affiliate yet in 2014. Johnson spent 2013 with the Vermont Lake Monsters, the Short Season Class A New York-Penn League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, and he went 1-1 with a 1.71 ERA in 20 appearances, 19 of them in relief. Rakkar spent 2013 with the Boise Hawks of the Northwest League, the Short Season Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. In 20 relief appearances, he had a 4-1 record and a 3.58 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 37-2/3 innings.

Stephen Marino '11, a four-year starter and All-America East performer at third base for Stony Brook, is in his third season playing in the Frontier League, a Minor League independent. After playing two seasons with the Evansville Otters, he is now with the Southern Illinois Miners. In 2013 with the Otters, Marino hit .246 with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 96 games.