Five Former Tigers on Major League Rosters
Clemson, SC-Five former Clemson baseball players have earned roster
spots on Major League teams for opening day, 2004. All five played
with the same Major League team last season. The list includes
Billy McMillon (Oakland As), Billy Koch (Chicago White Sox), Khalil
Greene (San Diego Padres), Kris Benson (Pittsburgh Pirates) and
Matthew LeCroy (Minnesota Twins). All five players were
All-Americans at Clemson and played at least once in the College
McMillon is in his sixth season in the Major Leagues. For
his career he has played in 217 games and has a lifetime average of
.259 with 13 home runs. Last year he batted .268 for the As,
including a .385 average as a pinch hitter. He led the American
League in pinch hits, pinch hit batting average and pinch hit doubles
in 2003. McMillon played for the Tigers between 1991-93.
LeCroy had a strong season for the Twins last year, as he had
a career best 17 home runs and hit .287 overall for 107 games. He
also had 64 RBIs and a .490 slugging percentage for a Twins team that
made the playoffs. The 2004 season is his fifth year in the Major
Leagues. He has 32 lifetime home runs and 120 RBIs. LeCroy played
for the Tigers between 1995-97.
Greene is slated to be the starting shortstop for the San
Diego Padres this year. He played in 20 games in the month of
September last year and batted .215 for 65 at bats. He had two home
runs and six RBIs. Pete Gammons of ESPN has made Greene his
preseason pick for National League Rookie of the Year. Greene played
for Clemson from 1999-02 and was the National Player of the Year in
Benson is in his fifth year with the Pittsburgh Pirates
organization. The number-one selection of the 1996 Major League
Draft had an injury plagued 2003 season when he had a 5-9 final
record after a 2-0 start. He has a career record of 35-41 with a
4.27 ERA. He has 470 career strikeouts in 649 2/3 career innings.
Benson played for Clemson between 1994-96 and was the National Player
of the Year in 1996.
Koch, the number-four pick of the 1996 Major League Draft,
is in his sixth season in the Major Leagues, his second with the
Chicago White Sox. Koch became the first pitcher in Major League
history to record at least 30 saves in each of his first four years
in the Big Leagues. That included 44 saves in his rookie year. Last
year he had a 5-5 record with 11 saves. He now has 155 career saves
and a 27-22 overall record. Koch played for Clemson from 1994-96.