ELON, NC – Throughout the summer, we look at former Elon University baseball standouts playing at the next level. Phoenix currently has 10 alumni playing professionally.
After three seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, John Brebbia signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants back on December 21, 2020. The first Elon player to reach the majors since 2006, recently completed his recovery from the Tommy John operation and was activated to the Giants 40 man list on June 20. Brebbia returned to the mound last Sunday in an 11-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The right-hander entered the top of the ninth, and pulled the side with a couple of line outs and a strike that swung to end the game. Against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, June 23, he hit the bottom of the 11th round in a 9-3 victory for the Giants. After deliberately going the first batter he met, he induced a 6-4-3 double play and got out of the inning with the short ground.
A selection of the eighth round of LA Angels in MLB Draft 2019, Kyle Brnovich was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on December 4, 2019 and was awarded the High-A Aberdeen IronBirds on May 4 this year. While with IronBirds, he collected a 4-1 record and a 2.36 ERA in eight starts. Milton, Ga. Native allowed 16 runs, nine of them earned, on 18 hits and 11 trips while counting 48 strikes through 34.1 innings. Brnovich was promoted to Double-A Bowie Baysox on June 22 and is expected to make his Double-A debut in tonight’s game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
George kirby became the first Phoenix to be taken in the first round of the MLB draft when the Seattle Mariners took him with the 20th overall pick in 2019. Kirby has emerged as one of the best prospects in the Mariners farm system and was a non-roster invited to the team’s spring training . Currently with High-A Everett AquaSox, he owns a 2-2 record and a 3.48 ERA in five starts. He has held opponents to 10 races, eight wins, 19 hits and just four rounds, and is up for 22 strokes in 20.2 innings.
– Mariners Player Development (@MsPlayerDev) June 14, 2021
A 15th round selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2019 Draft, Devanney Camera has played in 32 games for Double-A Biloxi Shuckers. His current season total includes a .157 clip (16-for-102) with three home runs, three doubles, nine runs, 11 RBIs, 12 trips and one stolen base. He delivered an off-off fly to help the Shuckers to a 4-3 victory over the Mississippi Braves on June 11th.
– Biloxi Shuckers (@BiloxiShuckers) June 12, 2021
An eighth round selection of Mariners in 2019, Ty adcock has not yet debuted pro. The Indian in Oxford, NC, underwent surgery at a torn UCL back in April and was awarded the Low-A Modesto Nuts on May 4. He is currently listed on the team’s 7-day injury list.
Ryne Ogren started his summer with IronBirds, where he hit .125 (1-for-8) with one run, two RBIs and two trips in three appearances. He was sent to the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds on June 22 and went 1-for-4 in a 3-2 loss to the Fredericksburg Nationals on June 23. Ryan Conroy started the season with the Shorebirds and went 1-1 with two saves and a 3.48 ERA on five outings. He gave up five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and five trips with 15 strikes across 10.1 innings. Conroy joined IronBirds on May 25 and is 0-0 with a save and an 8.00 ERA through six reliefs and 9.0 innings. His other totals with IronBirds include eight earned races on 11 hits and six trips against 15 strikes.
Elon also has three alumni who play in the independent Frontier League. Nick zammarelli owns a .178 average (19-for-107) in 28 games with the Kane County Cougars. He has scored 13 races and run 12 with six doubles, three homers and seven trips. He posted a 2-for-5 excursion June 18 at the Milwaukee Milkmen. Zammarelli doubled and added a race and an RBI to help his team to an 8-2 victory. Jordan barrett is in his second season as a member of the Gateway Grizzlies. Through five starts he is 0-3 with an ERA of 6.85 and has been marked for 19 races (17 earned) on 22 hits and 20 trips. Barrett leads the Grizzlies with 27 strikes and has thrown 22.1 innings. Finally, Jake luce returns to pro ball for the first time since 2017. In 18 games with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, he strikes. 196 (6-for-47) with four races, two doubles, three RBIs and four rounds.