LOVES PARK, IL — Fans in Rockford this summer will get to see one of the most talented rosters in recent years, as the Rivets will boast Big 10 and SEC talent, a top-100 MLB Draft prospect and the 2019 ACC Player of the Year when they take the field in the season opener.
Carson Seymour will make his debut with the Rivets after being ranked the No. 95 prospect by MLB Pipeline entering the 2020 Draft. As a redshirt sophomore at Kansas State this spring, Seymour went 2-2 with a 3.92 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 20.2 innings. In his final two starts of the season, Seymour allowed two unearned runs over 12 innings with 16 strikeouts.
As a sophomore at Wake Forest, first baseman Bobby Seymour led the team with a .377 average and 92 RBI while also hitting 20 doubles with nine home runs. His 92 RBI were the most by an NCAA Division I player since Buster Posey recorded 93 in 2008, as Seymour was named 2019 ACC Player of the Year.
University of Kentucky sophomores Drew Grace and Chase Estep will make their Rivets debut alongside returner Kirk Liebert, who transferred to Kentucky this season. Rounding out the SEC talent is returner Jeff Heinrich, who is a senior at University of South Carolina after not signing with the San Francisco Giants last summer.
From the Big 10 Conference, University of Iowa senior Cameron Baumann recorded seven strikeouts in 3.2 innings this spring after striking out 54 in 64.2 innings in 2019. Michigan State senior Jarret Olson was 1-1 with a 2.02 ERA this spring with 28 strikeouts in 26.2 innings, while University of Minnesota freshman Noah DeLuga will get his first taste of collegiate level competition after finishing off his senior year at Lake Zurich High School.
Below is the full roster for the 2020 Rockford Rivets:
- Jordan Nelson, Senior, University of Dubuque
- John Lundgren, Junior, University of North Alabama
- John Hurayt, Senior, Quincy University
- Zach Losey, Junior, Ball State University
- Brett Taucher, Senior, Quincy University
- Carson Seymour, Junior, Kansas State University
- Zach Kammin, Senior, Coe College
- Josh Lanham, Sophomore, Lenoir-Rhyne University
- Jeff DeStefano, Senior, Cansisius College
- Jacob Lotz, Senior, Lewis University
- Jimmy Burnette, Junior, Saint Leo University
- Jarret Olson, Senior, Michigan State University
- Nico Rodriguez, Sophomore, Kansas State University
- Cameron Baumann, Senior, University of Iowa
- Noah DeLuga, Freshman, University of Minnesota
- Mitch Rogers, Junior, Dyersburg State College
- Jake Armstrong, Junior, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Collin Loose, Junior, Austin Peay State University
- Matt Verdun, Senior, Lewis University
- Kirk Liebert, Junior, University of Kentucky
- Ryan Hampe, Junior, University of Illinois
- Connor Manthey, Junior, Bradley University
- Brody Harding, Sophomore, University of Illinois
- Bobby Seymour, Senior, Wake Forest University
- Daniel Carinci, Sophomore, Kansas State University
- Drew Grace, Sophomore, University of Kentucky
- Chase Estep, Sophomore, University of Kentucky
- Branden Comia, Junior, University of Illinois
- Jeff Heinrich, Senior, University of South Carolina
- Cam McDonald, Junior, University of Illinois
- Matt Higgins, Senior, Bellarmine University
- Jake Vander Wal, Senior, Saint Leo University
- Dominic Hughes, Sophomore, Kansas State University
- Joe Roscetti, Junior, Quincy University
- Justin Conant, Junior, Ball State University
The Rockford Rivets are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 26th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 230 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Star Jordan Zimmermann (DET). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.rockfordrivets.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rivets as your favorite team.