Alaskans in the MLB Draft

Top MLB Draft picks from Alaska
Draft Year Player Position Hometown Overall / Round Team
2000 Brian Montalbo P Anchorage 130 / 4 Atlanta Braves
2017 Jonny Homza C Anchorage 138 / 5 San Diego Padres
1994 Trajan Langdon 3B Anchorage 150 / 6 San Diego Padres
2009 Matt Way P Sitka 167 / 5 Philadelphia Phillies
2012 Dylan Baker P Juneau 173 / 5 Cleveland Indians
2001 Chad Bentz (MLB Player) P Juneau 202 / 7 Montreal Expos
1998 Dustin Krug P Kodiak 316 / 11 Chicago Cubs
1990 Marshall Boze (MLB Player) P Soldotna 331 / 12 Milwaukee Brewers
2001 Chris Mabeus (MLB Player) P Soldotna 401 / 13 Oakland As
2008 Chris Aure P North Pole 444 / 15 Pittsburgh Pirates
2014 Scooter Bynum OF Fairbanks 545 / 18 Cincinnati Reds
1997 Nick Waak P Eagle River 621 / 20 Cleveland Indians

Marshall Boze (MLB Player)

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Pitcher Marshall Boze of Soldotna was the first Alaskan to play Major League Baseball, making his debut with the Milwaukee Brewers on April 28, 1996, against the Seattle Mariners. He retired all four batters he faced.

A month later he was closing games.

Boze earned his first save in just his seventh MLB game. He served as the team's setup man in his next two appearances and worked consecutive scoreless eight innings in back-to-back nights to earn a pair of holds. He had a 1.50 ERA through his first 10 MLB games.

In all, he pitched in 25 games in the 1996 season, finishing eight of them. He struck out 19 batters in 32.1 innings. He finished 0-2 with a 7.79 ERA.

He is the only Alaskan to save a MLB game.

The 6-foot-1, 214-pound righty was a man among boys in Alaska when he played American Legion baseball with Kenai Post 20. He scared hitters with his fastball, in part because he was wild.

“He was overwhelming,” said his Legion coach Lance Coz. “He was like the guy in ‘Bull Durham’ – boom, boom, boom, he’d strike out three batters and boom, boom, boom, he’d hit three batters.”

At the 1988 state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium he threw a 3-hitter and tied the state record with 21 strikeouts in a 6-1 loss to eventual state champion East Post 34.

Boze didn’t lack confidence on the mound. And it didn’t matter who was at the plate.

“He was built like a bull and when he hit Albert Belle he didn’t even think twice about backing down,” Coz said with a laugh. “That’s typical Marshall.”

In 10 minor-league seasons, Boze posted a 62-65 record in 221 career games. He completed 18 of his 159 starts and struck out 693 batters in 1,025 innings. His wins, strikeouts and innings are way ahead of any other pro pitcher from Alaska.

Chad Bentz (MLB Player)

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No Alaska baseball player did more with less than Chad Bentz of Juneau.

He made his Major League Baseball debut on April 7, 2004, becoming the second Alaskan to play in the Big Leagues.

He was also the second pitcher, after Jim Abbott, to play in the MLB after being born without one of his hands.

“I played baseball when I was younger, and got made fun of,” Bentz said in 2004. “I didn’t like going because all they did was make fun of me. So I didn’t play anymore. Then I saw Jim Abbott. He gave me the will to at least try playing again.”

Bentz is our role model.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound southpaw pitched in 40 career games, more than any other player from Alaska. He played for the Montreal Expos in 2004 and the Florida Marlins in 2005.

Bentz finished 0-3 with a 5.86 ERA. He struck out 18 batters in 29.2 innings.

He is the only Alaskan to play in multiple MLB seasons.

Arguably his most impressive achievement is the fact that he is the only Alaskan with a base hit in the big leagues.

“Not bad for a boy who overcame many obstacles he faced in his life, both geographical and physical,” Bentz said.

Bentz played nine years in the minor leagues and racked up an 11-20 record with 23 saves in 195 appearances, almost all of them in relief.

Chris Mabeus (MLB Player)

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Chris Mabeus of Soldotna had a short career in Major League Baseball.

He pitched in just one game for the Milwaukee Brewers on May 29, 2006, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Mabeus struck out the first hitter he faced.

He came into the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with his team trailing 10-3. The first hit he gave up was a double to Jose Bautista. After that he retired the next two batters, including Jason Bay, who had homered in six straight games.

Mabeus struck out the first batter he faced in the eighth inning before things fell apart.

He threw three wild pitches and gave up four runs on three hits, including a home run to Jose Castillo.

“After I gave up the home run I started thinking way too much,” Mabeus said after the game. “I started thinking about the home run more than anything.”

In Alaska, the 6-foot-3, 233-pounder right-hander was a late bloomer.

“He’s a guy that got better with time,” said his Legion coach Lance Coz. “He was pretty quiet. He didn’t realize what his potential was until he started getting recognized more and more. It’s amazing when they make the comment that if you’re good enough they will find you – it’s true.”

Mabeus played six seasons in the minors, totally 243 games - the most among pro pitchers from Alaska. The relief pitcher collected a state record 34 saves to go with a solid 30-16 records. He struck out 370 batters in 394 innings.


College Players from Alaska Legion Programs

Many of these men have returned home to volunteer as coaches for High School and American Legion programs.

Name Legion Team / Year College
Cody Curfman Chugiak Post 33 / 2016 Mt. Hood (OR)
Matthew Kley South Post 4 / 2016 Wenatchee Valley (WA)
Julito Fazzini South Post 4 / 2016 Mt. Hood (OR)
Tommy Koloski South Post 4 / 2016 South Mountain (AZ)
Dimitri Torres Bartlett Post 29 / 2015 Mesabi Range (MN)
Lauren Frost Eagle River / 2015 Stanford Softball (CA)
Willy Homza South Post 4 / 2015 Brown University (RI)
Joe Fitka Dimond Post 21 / 2015 Chicago State (IL)
Mike Rosenberg Eagle River / 2015 Coast Guard Academy (CT)
Conner Melton Service Post 28 / 2014 Rio Grande (OH)
Dalton Chapman West Post 1 / 2014 Grand Canyon (AZ)
Austin Anderson East Post 34 / 2014 Hawaii Hilo (HI)
Conner Cucullu South Post 4 / 2014 Shoreline Community (WA)
Max Karnos South Post 4 / 2013 Western Nevada (NV)
Ryan Bailey Service Post 28 / 2013 Minnesota State Tech (MN)
Jonathan Boyer Wasilla Post 35 / 2013 El Paso CC (TX)
Chase Wilson Chugiak Post 33 / 2013 Feather River (CA)
Ryan Caron Service Post 28 / 2013 Mayville State (ND)
Johnny Meszaros Service Post 28 / 2013 Western Nevada (NV)
Mahlon Cleveland Dimond Post 21 / 2012 Shasta (CA)
Scott Hodgson South Post 4 / 2012 St. Olaf College (MN)
Sagan Osborne Dimond Post 21 / 2012 Treasure Valley (OR)
Kyle Bovy Palmer Post 15 / 2012 Marin (CA)
Josh Crapps South Post 4 / 2012 Dallas (TX)
Zach Ferntheil Service Post 28 / 2012 Cochise College (AL)
Lance Ibesate Juneau Post 25 / 2012 University of Jamestown (ND)
Logan Allred South Post 4 / 2012 Dallas (TX)
Kyle Kornegay Dimond Post 21/  2012 Pierce College (WA)
Aaron Miller Service Post 28 / 2011 Mayville State (ND)
Garrett Brown Service Post 28 / 2011 Pacific Lutheran University (WA)
Adam Manzer West Post 1 / 2011 Sonoma State (CA)
Cory Clevenger Dimond Post 21 / 2011 East Central University (OK)
Dylan Lauwers Dimond Post 21 / 2011 College of the Desert (CA)
Andrew Grotelueschen Eagle River / 2011 Trinity International (IL)
Tyler Thompson Dimond Post 21 / 2011 Pacific Lutheran University (WA)
Dusty Wisdom Wasilla Post 35 / 2011 Brown-Mackie College (KS)
Cullan Coleman Wasilla Post 35 / 2011 Aurora University (IL)
Torgen Soderlund Fairbanks Post 11 2011 Western Nevada (NV)
Dylan Baker Juneau Post 25 2010 Western Nevada (NV)
Trevor Allred South Post 4 / 2010 Dallas (TX)
Stephen Ferntheil Service Post 28 / 2010 East Georgia State (GA)
Dylan Wisthoff West Post 1 / 2010 Rollins College (FL)
Austin Samulowitz Fairbanks Post 11 / 2010 Southern Nazarene (OK)
Tyler Belk Chugiak Post 33 / 2009 Cerro Coso (CA)
Derek Henry Chugiak Post 33 / 2009 Everett (WA)
Tim McCollum Chugiak Post 33 / 2009 Everett (WA)
Joe Kohan Juneau Post 25 / 2008 University of Nevada (NV)
Varea Costello South Post 4 / 2008 Dallas (TX)
Chris Schierhorn South Post 4 / 2008 Dallas (TX)
Ty Griffith Chugiak Post 33 / 2008 Black Hawks (IL)
Doug Henie Jr. Chugiak Post 33 / 2008 Lane (OR)
Zach Morse Chugiak Post 33 / 2008 NW Nazarene (ID)
Larsen Kohler Kenai Post 20 / 2008 Concordia (OR)
Bernardo Otero Bartlett Post 29 / 2007 SW Oregon (OR)
Jarin Alvarez West Post 1 / 2007 Olympic  (WA)
Josh Desmarais Dimond Post 21 2007 Pierce (CA)
Ryan Skillern South Post 4 / 2007 Montana State-Billings (MT)
Garrett Prokosch West Post 1 / 2006 Univ. of Puget Sound (WA)
Tim Spivey West Post 1 / 2006 Pierce CC (WA)
Ben Rosen Chugiak Post 33 2006 College of Idaho (ID)
Conor Spink Chugiak Post 33 2006 Seattle (WA)
Morgan Wynne Dimond Post 21 / 2006 San Marcos (CA)
Luke Cronin Service Post 28 / 2006 Benedictine (KS)
Mike Akers East Post 34 / 2006 Lane (OR)
Brayam Campos East Post 34 / 2006 Cal Baptist (CA)
Austin Cassaday East Post 34 / 2006 Cerro Coso (CA)
Tyler Moore East Post 34 / 2006 Cerro Coso (CA)
Chad Nading East Post 34 / 2006 UNLV (NV)
Colin Zimmerman West Post 1 / 2006 Hawaii Hilo (HI)
Keegan Kucko Chugiak Post 33 / 2006 New Mexico State (NM)
Ben Rosen Chugiak Post 33 / 2006 College of Idaho (ID)
Conor Spink Chugiak Post 33 / 2006 Seattle (WA)
Matt Sullivan Chugiak Post 33 / 2006 Colorado Christian (CO)
Jake Plancich East Post 34 / 2006 Allan Hancock (CA)
Zach Plancich East Post 34 / 2006 Mesa JC (AZ)
Matt Way Sitka / 2005 Washington State (WA)
Nathan Enslow Service Post 28 / 2005 Montana State Billings (MT)
Erol Kelter Chugiak Post 33 / 2005 Air Force Academy (CO)
Trevor Harrison East Post 34 / 2005 Lane (OR)
Wade Zelazny East Post 34 / 2005 Eastern Oregon (WA)
Makailen Braumberger East Post 34 / 2005 Porterville (CA)
Zach Beltz East Post 34 / 2005 Alan Hancock (CA)
Joey Scott East Post 34 / 2005 St. Petersburg (FL)
Nick Nading East Post 34/  2005 Lane (OR)
Derek Stokes Service Post 28 / 2005 Corban (OR)
Andrew Ward Service Post 28 / 2005 Cumberland (TN)
Eric Zimmerman West Post 1 / 2005 UNLV (NV)
Zachary Patrick-Riley West Post 1 / 2005 Lawrenece (WI)
KC Haas Service Post 28 / 2004 Chandler Gilbert (AZ)
Tristan Varela Service Post 28 / 2004 Mid-America Christian (OK)
Josh Jones Bartlett Post 29 / 2003 Gray’s Harbor (WA)
Chad Sherwood East Post 34 / 2003 Cerro Cosa (CA)
Anton Maxwell East Post 34 / 2003 Oregon State (OR)
Jason Lambert Service Post 28 / 2003 Yakima Valley (WA)
Kyler Dunford Service Post 28 / 2003 Gray’s Harbor (WA)
Chuck Rider Service Post 28 / 2003 Mesa State (AZ)
Zack Durst West Post 1 / 2002 Shasta (CA)
Kyle Hudspeth West Post 1 / 2002 Colorado State (CO)
Ty Clapper Dimond Post 21 / 2002 Victor Valley (CA)
Brandon Joseph Dimond Post 21/  2002 Cabrillo (CA)
Taylor Reed Dimond Post 21 / 2002 Southwestern (CA)
Grant Bledoe East Post 34 / 2002 Ithaca (NY)
Jordan Farkas East Post 34 / 2002 Whitmouth (WA)
Corey Madden East Post 34 / 2002 St. Mary’s College (CA)
Antoine McLeod East Post 34 / 2002 Lewis & Clark State (ID)
Damon Stokes Service Post 28 / 2002 Letourneau Univ. (TX)
Tom Lepley Service Post 28/  2002 Western Oregon (OR)
Travis Babcock East Post 34 / 2001 Shoreline (WA)
Chris Jones East Post 34 / 2001 Shoreline (WA)
Jonathon Stralka Dimond Post 21/  2001 West Point Academy  (NY)
Bryan Crockett Dimond Post 21/  2001 Pacific Lutheran (WA)
Eli George Dimond Post 21 / 2001 Cabrillo (CA)
Ian Wheeles Dimond Post 21 / 2001 Illinois Institute (IL)
Jason McGinnis Service Post 28 / 2001 Shoreline CC (WA)
Alex Jamieson Service Post 28 / 2001 Jacksonville Univ. (FL)
Mike Hansen West Post 1 / 2001 Chemekata (OR)
Joe Ayers Juneau Post 25 / 2000 Boston College (MA)
Brian Montalbo Dimond Post 21 / 2000 California (CA)
Boyd Erickson Dimond Post 21 / 2000 Eastern New Mexico (NM)
Garrett Schoenberger Juneau Post 25 / 2000 Arizona State (AZ)
Taylor Nerland Service Post 28 / 2000 Victor Valley College (CA)
Wes Masters Service Post 28 / 2000 College of the Canyons (CA)
Nick Satyal West Post 1 / 2000 Lewis & Clark College (OR)
Nathan Senner West Post 1 / 2000 Carleton College (MN)
Eric Walkes Bartlett Post 29 / 2000 Mesa State College (CO)
Tim Buczak Chugiak Post 33 / 2000 St. Joseph’s College (IN)
Davud Ober Chugiak Post 33 / 2000 Wesleyan (TN)
Josh Wilson Chugiak Post 33 / 2000 Olympia (WA)
Kyle Madden East Post 34 / 2000 Mendocino (CA)
Jeremy Wylie East Post 34 /  2000 Mendocino (CA)
Chad Bentz Juneau Post 25 / 1999 Long Beach State (CA)
B.J. Walsh Bartlett Post 29 / 1999 Orange Coast (CA)
Jamar Hill Bartlett Post 29 / 1999 Santa Ana CC (CA)
Chuck Withers Service Post 28 / 1999 University of Hawaii (HI)
Steve Beck Service Post 28 / 1999 Central Washington (WA)
Ari Stiassny Service Post 28 / 1999 Whitman (WA)
Aaron Stiassny Service Post 28 / 1999 Whitman (WA)
Matt Guthrie Service Post 28 / 1999 Northwest Nazarene (ID)
James Miller Service Post 28 / 1999 Missouri Western (MO)
Richie Clausen Service Post 28 / 1999 George Fox (OR)
Larry Arnold Service Post 28 / 1999 Lassen (CA)
Alex Bumpus Service Post 28 / 1999 Cal Baptist (CA)
Aaron Witt Service Post 28 / 1999 Southern Oregon (OR)
Taylor Harper Chugiak Post 33 / 1999 Cerro Cosa (CA)
Aaron Buch Dimond Post 21  /1999 Southwestern (CA)
Adam Earl Dimond Post 21 / 1999 Lane (OR)
Orlando Caro East Post 34 / 1999 Orange Coast (CA)
Jarred Lewis East Post 34  /1999 Cal State Dominguez Hills (CA)
Jeff Dyson East Post 34 / 1999 Mendocino (CA)
Jon Dyson East Post 34 1999 Northern Colorado (CO)
Zack Kondrk Dimond Post 21 / 1999 Eastern Oregon (OR)
Joe Clark Chugiak Post 33 / 1998 Southern Idaho (ID)
Eric Rogers Chugiak Post 33 / 1998 Florida College (FL)
Greg Buczak Chugiak Post 33  /1998 Florida College (FL)
Ricky Bostick Bartlett Post 29  /1998 Lewis & Clark State (ID)
Matt Witthoeft Bartlett Post 29 / 1998 Treasure Valley (OR)
Matt Juba Dimond Post 21 / 1998 Blue Mountain (OR)
Billy Piland East Post 34 / 1998 Southern Oregon (OR)
Luke Monyer East Post 34/  1998 Southern Oregon (OR)
Mike Wilson East Post 34 / 1998 Orange Coast (CA)
Tyler Hasbrouck Service Post 28 / 1998 Coastal Carolina (SC)
Levi Robinson Service Post 28 / 1998 Texas Christian (TX)
Chris Mabeus Kenai Post 20 / 1998 Lewis & Clark State (OR)
Joel Cladouhos Juneau-Douglas / 1997 Grinnell (IA)
Lon Johannes Service Post 28 / 1997 Edmonds (WA)
Brady Lonergan Service Post 28 / 1997 Colorado State (CO)
Gareth Perry Service Post 28 / 1997 Mendocino (CA)
Steve Ingram Service Post 28 / 1997 Missouri, Rolla (MO)
Joey Bell Bartlett Post 29 / 1997 Hawaii Hilo (HI)
Tom Twombly Bartlett Post 29 / 1997 Shoreline (WA)
Nick Waak Chugiak Post 33/  1997 Lassen (CA)
Josh Ellis Dimond Post 21/  1997 Edmonds (WA)
Rob Conway Juneau Post 25 / 1996 Iowa State (IA)
Darrell Bradley Dimond Post 21 / 1996 Panhandle State (OK)
John Sims Chugiak Post 33 /1996 Hillsdale (MI)
Bill Lierman Chugiak Post 33 / 1996 Lincoln Land (IL)
Donnie Kron Dimond Post 21 / 1994 Panhandle State (OK)
Kimito Mishimo Bartlett Post 29/  1994 Lewis & Clark (ID)
Ra Shipps East Post 34 / 1993 West Point Academy (NY)
Marshall Boze Kenai Post 20/  1993 Southwestern (CA)
Cliff Anderson Kodiak Post 17 / 1989 Chapman (CA)

Professional Baseball Players from Alaska

Highest Level
Major League Triple-A Double-A Single-A
Chad Bentz P Juneau Tom Allison 2B Susitna Valley Dustin Krug P Kodiak Matt Way P Sitka
Marshall Boze P Soldotna Cliff Anderson SS/2B Kodiak Jamar Hill OF Anchorage Jerome Johnson P Fairbanks
Chris Mabeus P Soldotna Alex Jamieson C Anchorage Chad Nading P Anchorage Ryan Shaver P Fairbanks
  Joey Newby P Soldotna Dylan Baker P Juneau Levi Robinson INF Anchorage
  Corey Madden P Anchorage   Trajan Langdon 3B Anchorage
      Timothy Stanley 2B Anchorage
      Brian Montalbo P Anchorage
      Anton Maxwell P Anchorage
      Joe Ayers INF Juneau
      Toby Staveland P Juneau
      Jeff Zitek SS Kenai
       

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