February 25th, 2012
One of the glaring notes about this year’s Spring Training attendees is the number of former Miami Hurricanes that are in Big League camp. With the addition of both infielder Yonder Alonso and catcher Yasmani Grandal, the Padres now feature five former members of The U. They combine with outfielder Blake Tekotte and catchers Eddy Rodriguez and Jason Hagerty.
With Grandal joining the Padres catching corps, nearly everyone who caught a game for the Hurricanes from 2004-2010 is now a Friar.
Grandal, Hagerty, Tekotte and Alonso were all members of the 2008 Miami team that went 53-10 and entered the College World Series as the No. 1 seed.
Here is a look at each of the former Hurricanes and where they were drafted:
Eddy Rodriguez, C: 2004-06, drafted by CIN in the 20th round in 2006
Yonder Alonso, INF: 2006-08, drafted by CIN in the 1st round in 2008
Blake Tekotte, OF: 2006-08, drated by SD in the 3rd round in 2008
Jason Hagerty, C: 2007-09, drafted by SD in the 5th round in 2009
Yasmani Grandal, C: 2008-10, drafted by CIN in the 1st round in 2010