The Penn State baseball program has been producing talent at a professional level since 1875.
At the time, the university was the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania, and the baseball legend and hall of the famous John Ward were still on the list.
Although much has changed, Penn State has continued to produce talent worthy of the MLB draft.
Here’s a look at the former Nittany Lions who are currently in minor leagues and how they are doing.
Jim Haley, Montgomery Biscuits
Jim Haley played two seasons for Penn State before joining the MLB Draft in 2015.
During his time as the Nittany Lion, shortstop Penn State led in batting averages, on base percentage, runs, triples and doubles in conference play.
He was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 570th pick in 2016.
Haley has played 365 games in the minors with a career total of 28 home runs, 188 RBIs and a stroke average of 0.285. He hits .229 with three home runs this season.
He is currently a player for Montgomery Biscuits, a Double-A affiliated with the Tampa Rays. He joined the club during the 2019 season.
Ryan Sloniger, Dunedin Blue Jays
Ryan Sloniger was, like Haley, the Nittany Lions’ best batter in his final season at Penn State. The junior led the team in batting average, RBI, home run, percentage on base and slugging.
Sloniger was elected with the 1137th election in the 38th round of the 2019 MLB draft. He spends his first season as a member of the Dunedin Blue Jays, the Low-A affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays.
In 62 career games, he has 12 home runs, 39 RBIs and a stroke average of 0.260 in his minor league career.
He has struggled so far since the call to Dunedin, hitting just .148 with two home runs.
Jack Anderson, Arkansas Traveler
Jack Anderson entered the MLB draft after the junior season at Penn State in 2015 and may be the closest Nittany Lion to cracking the major leagues.
Reliever was known for his submarine delivery style and was the top pitcher on the list with a career-best 2.98-ERA.
In 2016, he was pulled out of the Seattle Mariners in the 23rd round with 687 choices. He currently throws for Arkansas Travelers, Seattle’s Double-A affiliate.
Anderson joined the main league club for spring training from 2018 to 2020, but has not yet made an opening day list.
The reliever has had a career ERA of 2.16 in 217 innings. In 2021, however, Anderson had an ERA of 4.15, a career-high.
Justin Hagenman, Tulsa Drillers
After just two seasons at Penn State, the team’s leading pitcher entered the MLB draft in 2017. With 80 and a third innings, Justin Hagenman was on the mound more than any other pitcher for the Nittany Lions in his final season.
Hagenman was finally included with the 704th pick in the 23rd round of the 2018 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The third-year pitcher was recently awarded the Double-A Tulsa Drillers in May. This is the highest level of play for Hagenmen yet.
The righty has performed solidly since the call for Double-A, going 4-1 with a 3.57 ERA.
Dante Biasi, Quad Cities River Bandits
Dante Biasi only played one season for the Nittany Lions as a redshirt rookie in 2018. In a short time at Penn State, however, he was second in the squad in the ERA, innings pitched, starts and strikeouts.
He was drafted the 169th in 2019 by the Kansas City Royals and was recently awarded the High-A Quad Cities River Bandits.
The young pitcher has only played 14 games in his minor league career and has had a slightly rough start.
He has a career 4.26 ERA, but has been a little higher this season at 5.85. However, he has managed to make a 2-0 record this year.
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