Former #AEBASE Stars Open the Season on MLB Rosters
As the Major League Baseball season opens this week, several former America East stars will start the year on opening day rosters.
Tom Koehler, a 2008 Stony Brook University graduate, will be the No. 3 starter in the rotation for the Miami Marlins. Koehler is in his sixth season with the Marlins and went 9-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 33 starts in 2016. At Stony Brook, Koehler led the conference in strikeouts in back-to-back seasons, including 111 during his senior year in 2008.
Travis Jankowski, a member of the 2012 Stony Brook team that reached the College World Series, will be the opening day starter in the outfield for the San Diego Padres. In his first full season with the Padres in 2016, Jankowski played 131 games, hitting .245 with 2 homer runs, 12 RBIs, 53 runs and 30 stolen bases.
Northeastern alum and former America East Pitcher of the Year, Adam Ottavino, is back on the Colorado Rockies roster in 2017 after missing much of last season with an elbow injury. Ottavino is in his sixth year with the Rockies and posted a 2.67 ERA in 34 appearances last year. He was the 2005 America East Pitcher of the Year.
Stony Brook alum Nick Tropeano will begin the year on the 60-day disabled list with the Los Angeles Angels after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Tropeano was 3-2 with a 3.56 ERA last season before going on the DL.