25 Former Dirtbags Begin Minor League Season

With minor league baseball seasons underway throughout the country, across 16 Major League Baseball organizations, 25 former Dirtbags have been assigned to full-season affiliates. Dirtbags will be found on minor league diamonds stretching from the Coastal Plains of Wilmington, all the way out to the heart of northern California in Sacramento. Led by 10 players one step away, arranged by class level, here are the Dirtbags who are setting out to fulfill their dreams and reach the bigs.


C Brett Austin, Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox)

RHP Austin Brice, Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds)

LHP Hunter Cervenko, Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles)

3B Ryder Jones, Sacramento River Cats (San Francisco Giants)

RHP Seth Maness, Omaha Storm Chasers (Kansas City Royals)

C Michael Ohlman, Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox)

LHP Michael Roth, Iowa Cubs (Chicago Cubs)

RHP Seth Simmons, El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres)

RHP Trent Thornton, Fresno Grizzlies (Houston Astros)

OF Mac Williamson, Sacramento River Cats (San Francisco Giants)


LHP Logan Allen, San Antonio Mission, (San Diego Padres)

2B Dillon Dobson, Richmond Flying Squirrels, (San Francisco Giants)

OF Eric Jenkins, Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers)

RHP Benton Moss, Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay Rays)

2B Levi Michael, Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets)

3B Michael Russell, Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay Rays)

OF Jerry Sands, Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants)

Advanced A

1B Braxton Davidson, Florida Fire Frogs (Atlanta Braves)

RHP Jared Ruxer, Wilimington Blue Rocks (Los Angeles Angels)

RHP Jeremy Walker, Florida Fire Frogs (Atlanta Braves)


OF Austin Beck, Beloit Snappers (Oakland Athletics)

RHP Bailey Clark, South Bend Cubs (Chicago Cubs)

RHP Reilly Hovis, Greensboro Grasshoppers (Miami Marlins)

OF Bradley Keller, Rome Braves (Atlanta Braves)

OF Vance Vizacaino, Lexington Legends (Tampa Bay Rays)


In addition to those 25 players, 11 former Dirtbags, nine of which were 2017 draft picks, are still in extended spring training, likely to join a short-season affiliate in June. Those eleven players and their parent club are:

OF Jacob Brown (Baltimore)

OF D.J. Daniels (Toronto)

RHP Sam Keating (San Diego)

RHP Kenny Koplove (Philadelphia)

RHP Zack Mozingo (Tampa Bay)

SS Wood Myers (St. Louis)

RHP Timothy Naughton (Baltimore)

DH Nathan Perry (Houston)

RHP Josh Roberson (Miami)

C Chandler Seagle (San Diego)

3B Davis Schneider (Toronto)


The 36 former Dirtbags in minor league baseball this year include three first-round picks (Beck, Davidson, and Michael), 13 players selected in the first five rounds, and 22 overall draft picks since 2015. The excellence of former Dirtbags in professional baseball will be highlight each week in the Dirtbags Weekly Digest.