5 Current MLB Stars Who Killed It In College

5 Current MLB Stars Who Killed It In College

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University classes may be out, but the College World Series is just getting underway.

In addition to being the last chance to watch college sports until the fall, the CWS is a great opportunity to watch talent that could soon be starring in the larger World Series. Take these five MLB Stars who got their start tearing it up in Omaha.

Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers, University of Miami)

Although his Hurricanes were bounced in the second round of the 2003 and 2004 CWS, Braun was a massive star in his three seasons with Miami. After winning Freshman of the Year in ’03, Braun only got better: his junior and final year of college, he hit nearly .400, stole 23 bases, and was named an All-American at DH before being drafted fifth overall by Milwaukee.

DJ LeMahieu (New York Yankees, LSU)

The three-time MLB Gold Glover was a locked-in starter the second he set foot on campus in Baton Rouge. During his first two seasons at LSU, LeMahieu started 139 of 141 games, leading the Tigers to the CWS both times. In 2009, LeMahieu’s .444 average not only earned him All-Tournament Team honors, it also helped the Tigers lift their second CWS championship of the decade.  

Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants, Florida State)

Posey won three different National Player of the Year awards in 2008, the result of a .463, 26 HR, 93 RBI junior season. Although his Seminoles lost to Stanford in the first round of the 2008 CWS, the season undoubtedly gave him a taste for success that would later lead him to three World Series Championships.

Andrew Miller (St. Louis Cardinals, North Carolina)

In addition to making it to the 2006 CWS Final, Miller’s college career was more than fruitful: he left Chapel Hill as the all-time leader in strikeouts for a single-season (133 in 2006) and for a career (325 in three seasons). To boot, he was also honored as College Player of the Year and the Roger Clemens Award winner as America’s top college pitcher in ’06.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. (Boston Red Sox, South Carolina)

Reigning Gold Glover and World Series Champion Jackie Bradley Jr. is one of just a handful of players to have won a World Series and a CWS title (two, in fact). In 2010 as a freshman, the center fielder drove in nearly a run per game during the regular season, then went for 10 for 29 in Omaha, earning himself the CWS Most Outstanding Player Award.