A total of 14 St. Bonaventure players have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft under head coach Larry Sudbrook while 21 players have played professionally. Since 2015, four players have been picked in the MLB Draft and five began the 2018 season playing in MLB farm systems. Six total Bonnies are active in professional leagues.
The following players are currently active in the minor league systems of MLB teams or in other professional leagues (as of September 2018). Click each image to see the player's MILB.com Player Page and follow the careers of our #NextLevelBonnies.
Aaron Phillips became the highest MLB Draft pick in Bonnies program history when he was selected in the ninth round by the San Francisco Giants in 2017. The 2017 Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year, Phillips finished his junior season 9-2 overall with a 3.04 ERA. His nine wins tied the program season record while his 90 strikeouts rank second in Bona season history and his 100.2 innings pitched stand third. His numbers were even better in Atlantic 10 play – Phillips won six of seven decisions with a 2.45 ERA, striking out 60 in 62.1 innings and holding A-10 batters to a .183 batting average. He led the league in wins and fewest hits per nine innings (6.5) while ranking second in strikeouts, fifth in ERA and sixth in WHIP (1.14). He also was the team's regular first baseman when not on the mound, playing in 129 games with the Bonnies. Phillips ranks second in Bona career ERA (3.17) and is 11th in strikeouts (156).
Cole Peterson was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 13th round of the 2017 MLB Draft. Peterson started 144 consecutive games at short for the Bonnies and has captured All-Atlantic 10 honors in each of the past two seasons including First Team accolades this spring. A stellar defender who compiled a .966 career fielding percentage while turning 76 double plays, he also took great strides at the plate in his junior season. Peterson, who was the 395th overall selection, led the Bonnies in batting average (.335), runs (40), hits (64), on-base percentage (.409), doubles (16) and stolen bases (24). He tied for the league lead in stolen bags and posted 19 multi-hit games including nine three-hit games. In Atlantic 10 play, he boasted a .376 batting average along with a .444 on-base percentage. He hit .301 for his Bonnies career over three seasons with 170 hits.
David "Bubba" Hollins signed a free agent contract with the Miami Marlins following his junior season with the Bonnies. During his only season with the Bonnies after transferring from St. Petersburg College (Fla.), Hollins earned an All-Atlantic 10 Second Team selection after hitting .290 with eight home runs and tied for the team lead with 31 RBIs. During A-10 play, he hit .304 with a .411 on-base percentage while helping the Bonnies to a 26-22 overall record including a 15-8 mark in conference games. In all, he started 47 of the team's 48 games at third base.
Connor Grey was a 20th round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2016 MLB Draft. Grey, a product of Frewsburg, N.Y., improved steadily during his four-year Bonnies career. Bona's Friday starter for a staff that ranked in the top 10 nationally in team ERA during his senior year, Grey set the program record for strikeouts in a season with 95 and also moved into fifth place in program history with 201 career punch outs. His 95 strikeouts in 2016 ranked second in the Atlantic 10 while he was also second among all A-10 pitchers in batting average against, limiting opposing hitters to a .206 mark. During his first full season as a professional in 2017, he threw the first minor league perfect game in Arizona Diamondbacks history with the Kane County Cougars, an 'A' affiliate of the D-backs, on Sept. 1, 2017.
Steven Klimek was selected in the 33rd round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. A native of Rochester, N.Y., who graduated from Greece Arcadia High School, Klimek played three seasons with the Bonnies. He missed time in 2014 due to an abdominal strain, but went 1-4 with a 4.17 ERA in nine appearances. The 6-foot-3, 195-lb. Klimek had his best season as a freshman in 2013 when he was 1-4 with a 5.66 ERA and allowed only 40 hits in 49 innings. He had a tremendous season in the Orioles organization in 2017, striking out 72 batters while walking only 12, earning 11 saves with a 2.67 saves for the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Orioles 'A' affiliate.
Tommy LaCongo '17 continued his baseball career after graduating from St. Bonaventure by signing a pro contract to play with the Eastside Diamondhoppers of the United Shore Professional Baseball League. LaCongo, a native of Orchard Park, N.Y., was a standout behind the plate the past two seasons for the Bonnies after joining the program from Monroe County Community College. He started nearly every game the past two years behind the dish for St. Bonaventure, appearing in 87 contests while knocking in 33 RBIs. Known most for his defensive skills, LaCongo neutralized the ability of opponents to run, shutting down opposing base stealers by throwing out 28 runners on the basepaths in two seasons. The Bonnies consistently ranked among the Atlantic 10 leaders in ability to hold runners on as most teams elected not to even attempt stealing against LaCongo's arm.
Past Bonnies Draft History
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