A handful of former VMI baseball players continue to make an impact in professional baseball. Reports appear on each player below, with any stats referenced through games played August 13.
Reed Garrett, RHP - AA Frisco Roughriders (Texas)
Garrett has been a bright spot in a tough year for a Frisco club that sits 18 games under .500. Garrett made four starts early in the year and was hit hard, but after moving to the bullpen, was able to gain his footing and impress onlookers. The move led to a reported drastic increase in velocity that saw Garrett hit 99 MPH on the radar gun at Dr. Pepper Park, and the stats have backed up that figure. Garrett has not allowed an earned run since July 1, a span of 13 appearances and 14 1/3 innings. For the year, he is 1-5 with a 5.37 ERA but since moving to the bullpen, he has gone 0-2 with a 3.54 ERA and opponents are hitting just .245 against him.
Jordan Tarsovich, IF - AA Midland Rockhounds (Oakland)
Tarsovich and Garrett became divisional rivals when Tarsovich was traded to Oakland this past winter, and the two have faced off four times. Garrett retired Tarsovich in three of those four, but on June 13 in Midland, Tarsovich hit a three-run homer off Garrett to help seal a Midland victory. For the year, the former Keydet sparkplug is hitting .241 with three homers, 30 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
Matt Winn, C - A San Jose Giants (San Francisco)
Winn has spent time at three different levels this year, including his June 28 call-up to AAA. He was the first position player drafted out of VMI to make the AAA level since Kelly Sweppenhiser did so in 2006. Winn went on to go 6 for 18 at AAA, including a June 29 homer off former major leaguer Kevin Quackenbush. For the year, Winn is hitting .230 across the three levels with six homers and 24 RBI.
Connor Bach, LHP - Salina Stockade (American Association)
Bach has continued his career in the American Association for one of the league's newer teams, the Salina Stockade. Bach is 1-6 with a 7.43 ERA in 18 appearances.
Mike Devine, RHP - Wichita Wingnuts (American Association)
Devine continues to toil in independent ball, and is enjoying perhaps his best overall year in the professional ranks. He joined the American Association for the first time in 2016 and has returned to the Wichita Wingnuts of that league this year, and Devine has gone 2-4 with a 2.91 ERA out of the bullpen.