The Valparaiso University baseball program has produced numerous players who have gone on to continue their baseball careers at the professional level. Former Valpo star Lloyd McClendon is the school's most noteworthy baseball alum, as he played in 570 big league games over eight seasons and has spent seven seasons as a big league manager. In recent years, Valpo's program has churned out professional talent, as eight Crusaders have been drafted in the last nine years.
Drew Hasler has reached as high as Triple-A. Photo by James Geiser/W-S Dash.
Here's a rundown of active and retired Crusader alums who have played professionally.
Active Crusader Alums
Spencer Mahoney - New York Yankees organization (60-day DL)
Retired Crusader Alums (highest level reached)
Scott Kapers - 2018, 17th Round, Texas Rangeers
Dalton Lundeen - 2016, 30th, Detroit Tigers
Drew Hasler - 2015, 34th, Chicago White Sox
Karch Kowalczyk - 2014, 37th, Los Angeles Dodgers
Tanner Vavra - 2013, 30th, Minnesota Twins
Kyle Gaedele - 2011, 6th, San Diego Padres
Bo McClendon - 2010, 39th, Detroit Tigers
Bryce Shafer - 2010, 49th, Chicago Cubs
Dallas Cazwiezell - 2007, 40th, Cleveland Indians
Brian Wolotka - 2001, 24th, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Brian O'Connor - 1999, 24th, Houston Astros
Bob Jenkins - 1998, 42nd, Cincinnati Reds
Jamie Sykes - 1997, 11th, Arizona Diamondbacks
Richard O'Connor - 1995, 34th, Philadelphia Phillies
Tim Holmes - 1987, 35th, Pittsburgh Pirates
Eric Milholland - 1985, 11th, Chicago White Sox
Lloyd McClendon - 1980, 8th, New York Mets