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* MAJOR LEAGUE ALUMNI *

Lance Berkman


Lance was a first baseman and outfielder for Austin Slam Baseball. A favorite memory of Lance playing Slam was that while sitting on the bench during a game, he ran out of the dugout and caught a foul ball in front of his back-up first baseman. He said that he just "reacted". Lance was full of energy as a teen and a great pleasure to be around.

He played college ball at Rice University before being drafted by the Houston Astros in the 1st round of the 1997 draft. Lance made his MLB debut in 1999 with the Astros and had a great career at Houston. He has received many awards through the Astros and Major League Baseball. Lance has also played with the New York Yankees and is currently with the St. Louis Cardinals where he was a 2011 World Series Champion!!

Matt Belisle


Matt played for Austin Slam Baseball since he was 13 years old. He was a pitcher and outfielder for Austin Slam. He graduated from McCallum High School in 1998 and was the 2nd round pick for the Atlanta Braves in 1998.

Tommy Boggs worked with him teaching pitching techniques since he was a very young boy. Matt has always had an incredible work ethic and it has paid off with his pitching at the Major League level.

Matt is currently with the Colorado Rockies. He had a fantastic 2010 and 2011 season with the Rockies as a specialty pitcher coming in during the late innings of games!!

Mario Ramos

 

Mario played Austin Slam for several years. He was a left-handed pitcher who was very tough to hit! He was a calm, quiet pitcher who did his job and then prepared for the next game. 
 
He graduated from Pflugerville High School. He was drafted in 1999 in the 6th round by the Oakland Athletics. Mario also pitched for the Texas Rangers.

Scott Ruffcorn


Scott Ruffcorn was a pitcher for Austin Slam. One of our memories of Scott, besides being a dominant pitcher, was that he always brought bags of Hershey bars his mom sent for the team to every tourney. Scott always had a smile on his face.

Scott grew up in Austin and went to high school at Austin High where he was a standout baseball player. He was drafted out of Baylor University in the 1st round by the Chicago White Sox in 1991. He pitched in the Major Leagues with the Phillies.

Randy Choate


Randy was a pitcher for Austin Slam Baseball. He went to high school in San Antonio and was with a group of boys who traveled from San Antonio to play Slam Baseball. He was a very hard-to-hit lefty pitcher.

Randy attended Florida State University. He was drafted in the 5th round of the 1997 draft by the New York Yankees. He made his Major League debut in 2000 with the Yankees. He has pitched for Arizona since 2004.

Ryan Langerhans

Ryan played outfield for Austin Slam Baseball for several years. He was very competitive on the field with a quiet determination. He would run out anything that he hit with a desire to beat out any throw.

Ryan attended Round Rock High School where his father, John Langerhans was his high school baseball coach. He was drafted out of high school in the 3rd round in 1998 draft by the Atlanta Braves. Ryan has played for Atlanta, Oakland and the Washington Nationals.

Stephen Randolph


Stephen was a left-handed pitcher for Austin Slam. He was a tall force on the mound versus high school players.

Stephen pitched for the University of Texas. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 18th round of the 1995 draft.

Stephen made his major-league debut for Arizona in 2003 in relief against the Dodgers. He is currently with the Houston Astros.

Robbie Beckett


Robbie was a left-handed pitcher for Austin Slam Baseball. There are many stories that we could tell regarding Robbie, but one of our favorites was when he was 16 years old and pitching against Todd VanPoppel in a tournament in Wichita Falls. There were many scouts in the stands and both pitchers were just blowing 90+ mph pitches past the batters. The stands were a buzz that day!

Robbie grew up in Austin and attended McCallum High School. He was drafted out of high school in the 1st round by the San Diego Padres in 1990. He pitched in the Majors with the Colorado Rockies.

Nathan Minchey

 
Nathan was extremely tall on the mound. He was a forceful pitcher for Austin Slam Baseball.

He was drafted in the 2nd round by the Montreal Expos in the 1987 draft. He made his Major League debut in 1993. Nathan was a part of the following organizations: Montreal, Atlanta, Boston, St. Louis and Colorado.

J.D. Smart


J.D. Smart played many years with Austin Slam. He was a right-handed pitcher and shortstop for Slam and extremely competitive. During a tournament in Lake Tahoe he once had an opposing player slide into second and "take him out". An all-time most interesting Slam moment occurred after that incident.

J.D. pitched for the University of Texas. He was drafted in the 4th round of the 1995 draft by the Montreal Expos. He pitched for Montreal and the Texas Rangers.

Chris Clemons


Chris grew up in Baytown, Texas. He was a right-handed pitcher for Austin Slam. Chris was a great asset to the organization especially during tournaments.

He attended Texas A&M University. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 1st round of the 1994 draft. Chris made his Major League debut in 1997 for the White Sox.

Greg Golson


Greg made his Major League debut during the 2008 baseball season. He was in the Phillies dugout through the 2008 World Series Championships! Greg was the Phillies number one pick during the 2004 Major League draft. He was an outstanding center fielder for Austin Slam Baseball and attended Connally High School. He began Slam as a "diamond in the rough" while a freshman in high school and has progressed to the Major League level with a lot of hard work and determination. Greg was gifted with incredible speed which is matched by very few even at the elite level. Greg was previously with the Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees!! He has two World Series Championship rings one with the Phillies and one with the Yankees. He is currently with the Kansas City Royals.

Brent Clevlen


Brent was a pitcher and outfielder for Austin Slam. His talent was always years ahead of his age group. Brent was very quiet but a force to be reckoned with on the playing field. Brent didn't just hit home runs. . .he hit absolute bombs! He was also an outstanding pitcher in high school. Brent was very reliable and a great team player.

Brent grew up in Austin and attended Westwood High School. He was drafted out of high school by Detroit in the 2nd round of the 2002 draft. He made his big league debut at center field for the Tigers.

Kevin Whelan

 Kevin grew up in Kerrville, TX where he was a standout high school athlete and graduated in 2002. He then attended Texas A&M University where he was a catcher. During his career at A&M he eventually became a closing pitcher for the team.

Kevin was drafted in the 4th round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. He was traded along with two other players in 2006 to the Yankees for Gary Sheffield.

Kevin made his Major League debut on June 10, 2011.

 

 

Thomas Field

Thomas was a 2006 graduate of Austin Slam Baseball. He throws right and bats right. He attended Texas State University in San Marcos.

Thomas was drafted in the 24th round by the Colorado Rockies in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his Major League debut on September 11, 2011 playing short stop for the Rockies.

Shelby Miller

 

 

 

 

 

Drafted by the Cardinals out of Brownwood High School in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft, Miller became one of the highest rated prospects in baseball. He was named the Cardinals' minor league pitcher of the year in 2010 and he participated in the All-Star Futures Game in 2010 and 2011.

Miller made his MLB debut on September 5, 2012 against the New York Mets, throwing two shutout innings, giving up one hit, walking none, and striking out four in relief.

* OTHER NOTABLE SLAM ALUMNI *

Rick Trevino

 

Rick was on one of the original Slam Baseball teams in the early years of the organization. His younger brother, Adam, eventually played Slam as well. A fond memory of Rick was our trip with the team to a tourney in Memphis. We took the team to tour Graceland and Elvis' jets. In the evening the team sat around the pool and listened to Rick sing and play his guitar. Rick attended Texas A&M and while there he entered a singing contest which he won...thus began his singing career!

Aaron Williams

 Aaron was a 2008 graduate of Austin Slam Baseball. He attended McNeil High School.  Although he was a fantastic, speedy, baseball player, he was very highly recruited to play football. Aaron played 3 years of football as a corner for the University of Texas Longhorns. He was a part of many exciting games at UT including the National Championship game vs. Alabama where Colt McCoy went out injured. 

Aaron was drafted as the 34th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2011 NFL Draft. He made his first interception during the 2011 season off Tim Teabow and the Denver Broncos.

Aaron has a younger brother who is currently in the Austin Slam organization. 

* PLAYERS SIGNED PROFESSIONALLY *

Robbie Beckett-San Diego Padres
Matt Belisle-Atlanta Braves
Anthony Bryant-St. Louis
Brent Clevlen-Detroit Tigers
Christian Colon-Kansas City Royals
Clint Culp-
Todd Glaesman-Tampa Bay
Adam Hornung-California Angels
Donnie Joseph-Cincinnati
Erik Macha- Arizona Diamondbacks
Shelby Miller-St. Louis
Mario Ramos-Oakland A's
Stephen Randolph-New York Yankees 
Wade Townsend-Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Kevin Whelan- Detroit Tigers
Gavin Wright-Houston Astros 
Abe Woody- Cincinnati Reds

Lance Berkman-Houston Astros
Jonathan Burns-Atlanta Braves
Chris Clemons-Chicago White Sox
Trevor ColemanSeattle
Randy Culp-Montreal Expos
Josh Elander-Washington Nationals
Micah Gibbs-Chicago Cubs
Greg Golson-Philadelphia Phillies
Jim Miller-
Mark Prather-Houston Astros 
Dominic Ramos- Boston Red Sox
Rhett Riviere- Minnesota Twins
Scott Ruffcorn-Chicago White Sox
J.D. Smart-Montreal Expos
Ryen Sasaki-Phillies
Brandt Walker-Houston Astros

Khalid Ballouli-Milwaukee Brewers
Randy Choate-New York Yankees
Wes Culp-Atlanta Braves
Runey Davis-Chicago Cubs
Mike Hardge-Montreal Expos
Drew Holder- Houston Astros
Blake Kelso-Washington Nationals
Kevin Keyes-Washington Nationals
Ryan Langerhans-Atlanta Braves
Nathan Minchey-Montreal Expos
Jeff Ontiveros-Boston Red Sox
Danny Peoples-Cleveland Indians
Andrew Prater- Pittsburgh Pirates
Keith Stein- Detroit Tigers

 

* COLLEGE ALUMNI *

 BAYLOR
Drew Bias
Casey Carter
Matt Czmiskey
Mark Graham
Anthony Hensley
Dwight Hood
Adam Hornung
Jason Rathbun
Aaron Richards
Mike Robison
Scott Ruffcorn
Abe Woody

RICE
Lance Berkman
Chris Boni
Mike Kelly
Colin Matheny
Jim Miller
Bryan Price
Marcos Ramos
Mario Ramos
Clay Reichenbach
Wade Townsend

UNIV. OF TEXAS
Robbie Baker
Donnie Barker
Armon Brown
Chris Carrejo
Paul Cherrone
Cory Covert
Kenny Covert
Runey Davis
Shannon Dorsey
Ryan France
Kevin Frizzell
Dudley Haas
Joey Hart
Joey Hering
Link Hudson
Brian Ivy
Kevin Keyes
Danny Leigh
Brett Loeffler
Brian McKinney
Greg Merrill
Clayton Meyer
Nathan Minchey
Jake O'Dell
Jeff Ontiveros
Danny Peoples
Mark Prather
Stephen Randolph
Brock Rumfield
Toby Rumfield
Keith Shinnaberry
J.D. Smart
Chad Smith
Chad Spear
Chad Spearstra
Chris Speerstra
Gene Taylor
Clark Todd

TEXAS A&M
Andrew Baldwin
Khalid Ballouli
Austin Boggs
Chris Clemons
John Codrington
Eric French
Brian Lopez
Justin Lopez
Jordy Mitchell
Steven Ponder
Jamie Smith
Keith Stein
T.D. Taylor
Kevin Whelan
Travis Williams

TEXAS TECH
Adam Frey
George Kilford
Eric McGlaughlin
Chris Pool
Travis Tucker
Sean Wertz
Chuck Wyatt

UNIV. OF HOUSTON
Jared Bitter
Brian Blair
Brett Cooley
Jason Hart
Donnie Joseph
Blake Kelso
Scott McLeod
Carlos Perez
Jarred Ray
Steve Velasquez

ANGELINA JC
Chad Trout
Elroy Urbina

PENN STATE
Alex Hauger

UTEP
Philip Moss

MISSISSIPPI STATE
Todd Stanley

McMURRAY
Jeff Jackson
Grayson Lee

TCU
Chad Durham
Chris Frazier
Jake Friemel
Erik Macha
David Meyer
Clint Mokry
Kenneth Thompson
Marshal Wilson

INCARNATE WORD
Scott Heying

TARLTON STATE
Doug Rummell

WHARTON JC
Trey Ross
Mike Sifuentes

HOWARD JC
John Lynn

DALLAS BAPTIST
Drew Holder
Jason Krizan
Jeff Andrewartha
LEE JC
Parrish Moore

A&M KINGSVILLE
Spike Fogle

UNLV
Brian Schultz

BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN
Tom Franklin

 NOTRE DAME
Patrick Davis

OKLAHOMA STATE
Robbie Madsen

McLENNAN JC
Chris Abbott
Cedric Allen
Jeff Andrewartha
Christian
Jim Danhoff
Danny Guajardo
Jeremy Johnson
Landin Kelso
Jake Moss
Steve Ortiz
Mark Peevey
Chris Rountree
Clayton Turner
Todd Wernli

CISCO JC
Johnathan Burns
Rusty Roberts
Eric Staha

DUKE
Will Currier

SAM HOUSTON ST.
Kieth Stein
Jake McMurtry

STANFORD
Brandt Walker

NAVARRO JC
Steven Derrick

CONCORDIA
Jeff Andrewartha
Jason Bartels
Tommy Cantrell
Adam Carter
David Denbow
Steven Derrick
Mike Grady
Joe Malonowski
Ethan Morrison
Corry Reiling
David Towler

UT SAN ANTONIO
Kevin Anderson
Ryan Hutson
J.R. Moore
Chris Lewis

PANOLA JC
Kevin Keeling
Will Cook

RANGER JC
A.D. Almaraz
Jerrod Floyd
Brian Newman

HILL JC
Brett Alvine
Andrew Brown
Allan Chance
Nick Huepel
Ryan Morgan
Rick Perez
Gino Ramirez
Chris Regan
Alex Rinn
Scott Vacek

SOUTHWESTERN
Brian Anderson
Joey Etzler
Dan Mischler
Andy Morrison

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
Todd Brown
Sean Graves

TEXAS LUTHERAN
Mike Rickard

TEXAS STATE
Sammy Degelia
John Graham
Michael Huston
Jason Jenke
Joe Kerbel
Mike Montemayor
Dominic Ramos
Rhett Riviere
Grant Robinson
Cody Ross
Stephen Siers
Todd Spradlin
Aaron Waisman
Collin Wissan
Joey Zigal

SCHREINER
Tommy Cable
Kevin Janda
Jackson Mitchell

UNIV. OF MIAMI
Ben Norris

NORTHEAST
Jacob Anderson
Brian Edwards
Will Schnautz
Cody Stanley

TYLER JC
Mike Ortiz
Chris Roberts

UT ARLINGTON
Randy Atkinson
Rick Egan
Daniel Macha

SW OKLAHOMA
Matt Cochran

MISSOURI
Trevor Coleman
Dustin Wernecke

UNIV. OF MISSISSIPPI
Miles Franklin
Bryce Morrison

McMURRAY COLLEGE
Matt James

 BLINN JC
J.R. Carmona
Tommy Clark
Leonard Davilla
Robert Fischel
John Kaiser
Denny McDaniell
Cody Mitchell
Chris Pool
Jason Regan
David Walters
Gavin Wright

HOUSTON TILLOTSON
Ross Chapman
Ryan Chapman
Travis O'Donnell

ST. EDWARDS
Jonathan Burns
Chris Ferguson
David Gamble
Brant Parker
Stephen Poe
Michael Rhea
James Rinn

CLEMSON
Mike Michauex

COLLIN COUNTY
David Aguilar
Ryan Chapman
Scott Cunningham
Marc Franco
Justin Garza

UNIV. OF KANSAS
Scott Newton

SAN JACINTO JC
Will Blackbird
Tyler Bryant
James Fogle
Ben Graham
Danny Hernandez
Kevin Kelso
Matt Mize
Alex Morris
Doug Oney
Zach Parker
Andrew Prater
Matt Valdez

PAN AMERICAN
Chris Rios

TRINITY
Tony Ciola

GALVESTON JC
Judd Fults
Steve Shaw
Steve Watson

NEW ORLEANS
Steve Hogan

UNIV OKLAHOMA
Bert Inman

NE LOUISIANA
Chris Rimmer

AIR FORCE
Manny Robinson

LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN
Gene Taylor

PARIS JC
Luke McNicholas
Royce Selvera

ARKANSAS
Chad Tidwell

ARIZONA STATE
Javier Fuentes

NORTHWOOD
Brandon Wood

VERNON JC
Zach Gilmore
Quincey McMurtry
Craig Velasquez

WAKE FOREST
Robbie Penders

CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Brian Kaufman

LSU
Micah Gibbs

SAN DIEGO STATE
Michael Dixon

CAL STATE FULLERTON
Christian Colon

MARY HARDIN BAYLOR
Matt Pullin
Sean Sandefur
Micha Wells

PANOLA JC
Matt Elkjer
Bradley Kaat
Kelly Witherspoon

TEMPLE JC
Clint Culp
Chance Davis
Troy Green
Nathan Hamm
Shannon Keeney
Brandon Kimbrel
John Krog
Paul Maldonado
Steven McLanahan
Andy Savens
Tyler Smith
Westin Wood

KANSAS STATE
Jared Bunn

FLORIDA STATE
Randy Choate