June 25, 2013
The 2013 baseball season is in full swing and 11 former San Jose State players are scattered throughout the major leagues and various classes of minor league ball.
Six-year major league veteran Kevin Frandsen (2001-04) is in his second season with the Philadelphia Phillies. He had a career-best .338 batting average with the Phils in 2012 and this year has stepped into a starting role as the second baseman. He has also started at both corner positions.
Frandsen had a highlight moment on April 6 this year when he belted a walk-off three-run double in the bottom of the ninth the Phillies' 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals.
In the minors, pitchers Zack Jones (2010-12), Mike Aldrete (2012) and Blake McFarland (2010-11) have all had success moving up the ladder.
Jones, San Jose State's all-time saves leader, is 2-1 with a 1.54 ERA in 18 appearances with the Fort Myers Miracle, a Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Minnesota Twins in the Florida State League.
McFarland was also bumped up to the advanced Florida State League in 2013 after appearning 36 times with Blue Jays' Single-A affiliate Lansing Lugnuts in 2012. McFarland signed with the Jays' organization as an undrafted free agent in 2011.
Aldrete, a 39th round selection by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012, has appeared in 18 games for the Single-A Peoria Chiefs in the Midwest League this year. He spent the 2012 season playing for the Cardinals' short-season affiliate Batavia Muckdogs.
Roberto Padilla (2011) and Max Peterson (2008-09) are two more Spartan hurlers working at the single-A level. Padilla is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA with the Asheville Tourists in the Colorado Rockies organization. Peterson has a 3.60 ERA in 17 appearances with the Chicago White Sox Class-A Advanced affiliate Winston-Salem Dash.
Danny Stienstra (2008-11) was a teammate of Aldrete with the Muckdogs in 2012. He hit .345 in 142 at bats with 20 RBI, and moved up to the Class-A Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals to start the 2013 season. He's currently hitting .273 in 61 games as the starting third baseman.
Kerry Jenkins (2010-11) is also on the rise in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. After hitting .294 in 64 games with the Class-A South Bend Silver Hawks last year, Jenkins is starting in left field for the Class-A Advanced Visalia Rawhide.
Kyle Bellows (2007-09), a fourth-round pick of the Cleveland Indians, is in his third season with the Double-A Akron Aeros in the Eastern League. Bellows, the Spartans' career-RBI leader, is batting .255 in 14 games as a third baseman in 2013.
Anthony Contreras (2002-05) is also playing at the Double-A level with the San Antonio Missions, a San Diego Padres affiliate. Contreras was a ninth-round pick by the San Francisco Giants in 2005 and began playing in the Padres organization in 2008. He has played 15 games at shortstop for the Missions in 2013, while making seven starts with the Tucson Padres in Triple-A.
Pitcher D.J. Slaton (2011-13) is the latest Spartan making news in professional ball. He was selected 1,118th overall in the 37th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays and has not yet been designated for assignment.
If there are additions to this list, please contact Dominic Urrutia at email@example.com.
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Kevin Frandsen - Philadelphia Phillies Zack Jones - Fort Myers Miracle Michael Aldrete - Peoria Chiefs Roberto Padilla - Asheville Tourists Danny Stienstra - Palm Beach Cardinals Kerry Jenkins - Visalia Rawhide Kyle Bellows - Akron Aeros Max Peterson - Winston-Salem Dash Blake McFarland - Dunedin Blue Jays Anthony Contreras - San Antonio Missions