Gators lead the way on Opening Day rosters

Major League Baseball is back and no college team has more players on opening day rosters than the 19 players the Florida Gators have.

The 2020 rosters are a little different than in past years, with clubs allowed to keep 60-man rosters during the shortened season. With a maximum of 1,800 roster spots, 806 of those players went to college.

After a three-month delay Major League Baseball returned on July 23 with the reigning World Series Champion Washington Nationals against the New York Yankees, followed up by the Los Angeles Dodgers against the San Francisco Giants. Shaun Anderson is on the Giants’ roster but didn’t get on the mound during an 8-1 opening day loss to the Dodgers.

The reigning National League Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion, Pete Alonso, leads the list. The Mets’ first baseman will kick the season off Friday against the Atlanta Braves, who have former Gator Anthony DeSclafani on the roster.

Brady Singer also finds his way not only on to an opening day roster but into the starting rotation for the Kansas City Royals. Singer, who climbed as high as AA ball in 2019, was invited to Big League camp prior to the season being postponed. He was brought back when the team resumed training in Kansas City and will make his Major League debut on Saturday, pitching in the Royals’ No. 2 spot. Singer was a second-round pick in 2015 but balked at the Toronto Blue Jays offer, instead choosing to come to Florida. While at Florida, Singer became one of the best pitchers in school history before being the 18th overall selection by the Royals in 2018. Just over 24 months later he’s now in the starting rotation.

Other notable guys on rosters include Harrison Bader (Cardinals), Mike Zunino (Rays), and Richie Martin (Orioles). A complete list of all of the former Gators on Major League rosters is below.

1. Pete Alonso – New York Mets
2. Shaun Anderson – San Francisco Giants
3. Harrison Bader – St. Louis Cardinals
4. Darren O’Day – Atlanta Braves
5. Mike Zunino – Tampa Bay Rays
6. Brady Singer – Kansas City Royals
7. Anthony DeSclafani – Cincinnati Reds
8. Dane Dunning – Chicago White Sox
9. Alex Faedo – Detroit Tigers
10. Eric Hanhold – Baltimore Orioles
11. Jonathan India – Cincinnati Reds
12. Brian Johnson – Boston Red Sox
13. Jackson Kowar – Kansas City Royals
14. Richie Martin – Baltimore Orioles
15. Scott Moss – Cleveland Indians
16. A.J. Puk – Oakland A’s
17. Buddy Reed – Oakland A’s
18. Justin Shafer – Cincinnati Reds
19. Mark Kolozsvary – Cincinnatti Reds

Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC