Gators in the Show: Season Recap

The 2022 Major League Baseball season officially concluded with the conclusion of the World Series on November 5, marking the start of the holiday season for select Gators. Last year, 17 former Florida players appeared in the MLB — no other college program had more.

Orange & Blue boasts a long history of producing MLB talent, with 81 Gators reaching the sport’s ultimate level—a total that has risen steadily throughout the 2022 campaign thanks to the debuts of catcher Mark Kolozsvary (Cincinnati Reds), right-handed pitcher Alex Faido (Detroit Tigers), Danny Young (Seattle Mariners) and utility man Dalton Guthrie. Dating back to head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s inception in 2008, the former 29ers from Florida have been making it to The Show and leading the nation.

Gators in the MLB

Alonso House | 1 b | New York Mets | UF 2014-16
2022: .271/.352/.518, 40 HR, 27 2B, 131 RBI, 95 R, 67 BB, 5 SB, 146 OPS+ (160 G – 597 AB)

Alonso enjoyed another huge season at the plate, recording the second highest OPS+ of his career while leading the NL with a whopping 131 RBI. Alonso’s 40th scored the most since his record-setting rookie campaign in 2019, when he hit a long 53 balls. Thanks to Alonso’s stellar year, the Mets won the NL East and reached the MLB Postseason for the first time since 2016.

Sean Anderson | RHP | Triple A | buffalo bison | Toronto Blue Jays | UF 2014-16
2022 (MLB): 0-0, 1G, 1.0 IP, 18.00 ERA, 4.00 WHIP, 0 BB, 0 K
2022 (Tri-A): 3-3, 36 G, 15 GS, 88.0 IP, 3.58 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 32 BB, 76 K

Anderson made his only MLB appearance for Toronto on June 27 against Boston, but spent the rest of the season at Triple-A. He should be on the big league’s radar come 2023 after throwing 88.0 innings off a 3.58 ball ERA.

Harrison Bader of | St. Louis Cardinals | UF 2013-15
2022: .250 / .294 / .356, 5 HR, 3 3B, 10 2B, 38 R, 30 RBI, 15 BB, 17 SB (86 G – 292 AB)

Bader made his Yankees debut on September 20 after being traded by the Cardinals and quickly made an impact in the Bronx by beefing up the team’s central field defense. His biggest contributions came in the postseason, where he led a team with five homers while slashing .333/.429/.833. As a result, Bader joined Mickey Mantle and Bernie Williams as the only Yankees center fielders to hit at least three home runs in a single postseason.

Anthony Disclavany | RHP | San Francisco Giants | UF 2009-11
2022: 0-2, 5 GS, 19.0 IP, 6.63 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 4 BB, 17 K.

In the first year of a three-year, $36 million contract, DeSclafani’s season ended after only 19 frames due to season-ending ankle surgery on June 12. With a four- to five-month recovery schedule, the DeSclafani Projects will be ready to start spring training in 2023.

Dan Dunning | RHP | Texas Rangers | UF 2014-16
2022: 4-8, 29 GS, 153.1 IP, 4.46 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 62 BB, 137 K, 88 ERA+

In his third MLB season, Dunning caught the ball for the Rangers 29 times before hip surgery prematurely ended his year in September. However, Al-Saleh has released 10 quality starts to rebuild the Rangers, who expect to take another step forward in 2023. It remains unclear if Dunning will be fully recovered to start spring training.

Alex Faido | RHP | Detroit Tigers | UF 2015-17
2022 (MLB): 1-5, 12 GS, 53.2 IP, 5.53 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 25 BB, 44K, 71 ERA+
2022 (MiLB): 2-1, 4G, 2GS, 15.2 IP, 1.72 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 3 BB, 20K

Faido became the 79th Gator to reach MLB and the 27th former player to do so under O’Sullivan, making his Tigers debut on May 4, 2022. He hit five innings of two-run ball in his first big-league start. . Unfortunately, Faido’s rookie year was halted after 53 2/3 snaps, as he was forced to undergo season-ending hip surgery.

Dalton Guthrie | Utah | Philadelphia Phyllis | UF 2015-17
2022: .333/.500/.476, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, 6 BB, 1 SB (14 G – 21 AB)

Guthrie became the 81st player to debut in the major leagues on September 6, as he received a promotion to the Phillies after starter Nick Castellanos was injured. Guthrie totaled only 21 at bats during the regular season, but has recorded . 976 OPS and a 1,000 run percentage in that time. The rookie has played in the Philadelphia National Pennant and World Series, having made the Phillies’ NLDS and NLCS rosters.

Jonathan India | INF | Cincinnati Reds | UF 2016-18
2022: .249/.327/.378, 10 HR, 2 3B, 16 2B, 48 R, 41 RBI, 31 BB, 3 SB, 91 OPS+ (103 G – 386 AB)

India’s sophomore campaign was largely derailed by injury, but he still managed to crush 28 extra base hits in just 103 games. The 2021 NL Rookie of the Year remains a cornerstone of Cincinnati’s rebuilding process heading into next season.

Mark Kolluzfari | c | Cincinnati Reds | UF 2015-17
2022 (MLB): .177 / .177 / .471, 1 HR, 2 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI (9 G – 17 AB)
2022 (MiLB): .188 / .317 / .306, 2 HR, 4 2B, 12 R, 8 RBI, 11 BB (28 G – 85 AB)

Kolozsvary debuted with the Reds on April 20 and named his first big league starter on July 23 against St. Louis. He spent the bulk of the campaign with Triple-A Louisville, converting a . 989 fielding percentage behind the plate.

Jackson Quarr | RHP | Kansas City Royals | UF 2016-18
2022 (MLB): 0-0, 6G, 15.1 IP, 8.80 ERA, 2.22 WHIP, 9 BB, 17 K.
2022 (Tri-A): 3-6, 12 GS, 55.1 IP, 6.34 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 23 BB, 62 K.

Kowar bounced back and forth from Triple-A to MLB for most of the year while trying to regain his ability to mound. The right-hander’s highlight was striking out at least 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings pitched at both levels.

Richie Martin | SS | Triple A | Norfolk Tides | Baltimore Orioles | UF 2013-15
2022 (MLB): .167/.242/.300, 2 3B, 4 R, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 3 SB, 54 OPS+ (13 G – 30 AB)
2022 (Tri-A): .278 / .359 / .410, 1 HR, 4 3B, 16 2B, 36 R, 18 RBI, 19 BB, 18 SB (52 G – 205 AB)

Martin played in 13 games for the Orioles, but competed for Triple A Norfolk for the better part of the season. He collected 29 steals in just 80 games for the Tides. At the MLB level, Martin’s best performance of the year came on June 12 in Kansas City, when he went 3-for-5 with two triples, three runs and two RBI.

Darren O’Day | RHP | Atlanta Braves | UF 2003-06
2022: 2-2, 28G, 21.2 IP, 4.15 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 10 BB, 26K, 104 ERA+

Starting in his 15th MLB season, O’Day had another solid campaign coming out of the bullpen for one of the best tackles in the league. His performance helped Atlanta clinch its second straight NL East title, though his year ended in late August after he injured his toe during a Triple-A rehabilitation assignment. Finally, O’Day has a career 2.59 ERA and 167 ERA+ across 644 appearances covering 609 innings. Currently a free agent, it is not yet known if O’Day will bid in 2023.

AJ Bock | LHP | Oakland Athletics | UF 2014-16
2022: 4-3, 4 SV, 62 G, 66.1 IP, 3.12 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 23 BB, 76 K, 120 ERA+

Bock pulled off a stellar rebound in 2022, thriving as a reliever with 20 tackles and four tackles to his credit. Southpaw’s work in the mound was 20% higher than the league average, while striking out 10.3 batters per nine innings pitched. He is still under contract in Oakland through the 2026 season.

Brady Singer | RHP | Kansas City Royals | UF 2016-18
2022 (MLB): 10-5, 27 G, 24 GS, 153.1 IP, 3.58 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 35 BB, 150 K, 127 ERA+
2022 (Tri-A): 1-0, 3 GS, 13.2 IP, 3.29 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 4 BB, 11K

Recently named the Kansas City Royals Player of the Year, Singer established himself as one of the best players in the American League this past season. The former starting starter pitched in 27 games for Kansas City including 24 starts, and has a 4.5 wins above replacement — good for sixth in the AL. Singer in particular was elite in the second half, posting a 2.53 ERA across 81 2/3 frames.

Kirby Sneed | LHP | Oakland Athletics | UF 2014-16
2022 (MLB): 1-1, 46 G, 44.2 IP, 5.84 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, 22 BB, 35 K, 64 ERA+
2022 (Tri-A): 2-0, 1 SV, 11 G, 13.2 IP, 4.61 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 3 BB, 20 K

The first year in Oakland was an up and down experience for Snead, who was unable to replicate the same success he saw in Toronto as a rookie. The left-hander managed to finish strong, not allowing an earned run in his last three games spanning 3 1/3 innings while striking out four.

Danny Young | LHP | Triple A | Tacoma Rainier | Seattle Mariners | UF 2013-15
2022 (MLB): 0-0, 2 G, 3.2 IP, 7.36 ERA, 2.46 WHIP, 2 BB, 5 K
2022 (Tri-A): 0-1, 28g, 27.0 IP, 4.33 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 9 BB, 37 K

Young broke into the big leagues on May 9 of this year, making him the 80th Gator to make his MLB debut and the 28th player to do so under O’Sullivan (Guthrie later became the 81st). Southpaw appeared for both the Mariners and Braves, finishing the year at Triple-A Gwinnett with seven straight scoreless games and zero runs allowed in 16 of his last 17 games.

Mike Zunino | c | Tampa Bay Rays | UF 2010-12
2022: .148 / .195 / .304, 5 HR, 3 2B, 16 RBI, 7 R, 6 BB, 44 OPS + (36 G – 115 AB)

After earning an All-Star nod for his first career touchdown last season thanks to a 33 homer breakout, Zunino had a downturn in 2022 exacerbated by season-ending shoulder surgery at the end of July. Zunino should be ready to go into the 2023 campaign, but he’s currently without a team as an unsigned free agent.

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