MENU

Selecting the all-time 25-player Nevada Wolf Pack baseball roster

Chad Qualls
Chad Qualls is the best pitcher in Nevada Wolf Pack history. (Nevada athletics)

For the second straight week, we have a Monday Mailbag leftover. Last week, we tackled the appropriate level of optimism for Nevada basketball season. This week, we tackle the all-time Nevada baseball team, which I didn't have time to fully answer in this week's Mailbag. Here's a takeout on that question with a full 25-man roster.

Position players

Catcher: Chris Gimenez: An outfielder in college, Gimenez stuck in the big leagues for 10 seasons, logging 386 games. He slashed .218/.307/.344 in the majors and was an above-average defender. He also logged 11 innings as a pitcher.

First base: Lyle Overbay: He's the best player in program history, and while Nevada has never had a big-league All-Star, Overbay played at a near All-Star level from 2005-10. His 1,355 MLB hits are twice as many as any other Nevada player.

Second base: Joe Inglett: A 2000 All-American at Nevada, Inglett played 333 big-league games over six seasons, hitting .283 (the highest of any Wolf Pack player) while getting on base at a 34.2 percent clip.

Shortstop: Mark Lewis: The only member of our starting nine not to make it to the big leagues, Lewis was a 1994 All-America (he hit .352 with the Wolf Pack) and a 14th-round draft pick who topped out professionally at Low-A.

Third base: Kevin Kouzmanoff: He only spent one season at Nevada, but Kouzmanoff was a 2003 All-American that year before a seven-year big-league career in which he hit .257 with 87 homers (second most in Nevada history to Overbay's 151).

Outfielder: Rob Richie: The former Hug High star seemed destined for stardom before quitting after his rookie season with the Detroit Tigers because of his faith (he's a Jehovah's Witness). The second-round pick in 1987 was a Double-A league MVP.

Outfielder: Chris Singleton: A two-sport star at Nevada, Singleton played only two seasons of college baseball but was a second-round draft pick who finished sixth in the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year. He hit .273 with 45 homers in 704 MLB games.

Outfielder: Ryan Church: Church was a two-way player at the start of his college career before focusing on hitting. He slashed .264/.336/.431 in 654 big-league games, each of those figures ranking top five among Nevada alums at the MLB level.

Bench: Brett Hayes: A 2003 freshman All-America, Hayes hit .339 with 22 homers in college before being selected in the second round of the draft and logging 189 MLB games over seven seasons, slashing .205/.250/.359. He's our backup catcher.

Bench: Brock Stassi: Stassi was the 2010 WAC pitcher of the year and a first-team all-conference first baseman. He reached the big leagues at age 27 and spent one season there with the Phillies, hitting .167 with two home runs.

Bench: Chris Dickerson: One of the most talented players in Nevada history, Dickerson made the big leagues as a 16th-round pick. He slashed .257/.335/.395 in seven major-league seasons with five teams.

Bench: Andy Dominique: A 1997 All-American, Dominique hit .340 with a program-best 62 homers for the Wolf Pack before winning a World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox in 2004. He had 13 big-league at-bats.

Bench: Austin Byler: Capable of playing either corner position, Byler slashed .321/.441/.572 with 40 homers in college and was drafted in the ninth round in 2014 and 11th round in 2015. He reached High-A ball professionally.

Bench: TJ Friedl: We'll add him to the team for his speed and outfield defense. After a breakout sophomore season in 2016, Friedl landed a $735,000 deal from the Reds, the third-largest bonus in Nevada history. He's currently in Double-A.

Pitching staff

Starter: Darrell Rasner: The Carson High graduate was a second-round pick in 2002 after a standout college career. He went 9-15 with a 5.00 ERA in 41 big-league games (30 starts) before five solid seasons in Japan (14-27, 4.17 ERA, 40 saves).

Starter: Braden Shipley: Shipley was an all-conference shortstop before earning two conference pitcher of the year awards. The 15th pick in the 2013 draft, Shipley is 4-6 with a 5.49 ERA in 26 major-league games (14 starts).

Starter: Eddie Bonine: One of three Wolf Pack alums to start a big-league game, Bonine went 7-3 with a 4.74 ERA in 62 games, including 10 starts. His 129 major-league innings are the third most in Wolf Pack.

Starter: Fred Dallimore: The first All-American in Wolf Pack history (he made the team in 1966), Dallimore also was a standout manager, posting a 794-558-2 record as UNLV's head coach while reaching seven NCAA Regionals in 23 seasons.

Starter: JoJo Romero: The lefty spent only one season at Nevada before transferring to a junior college, where he was a fourth-round pick. He's ascended to top prospect status (66th in the game by ESPN) and is currently in Triple-A.

Reliever: Ed Plank: Nevada's first big-league player, Plank reached the majors in 1978 and posted a 5.23 ERA in 10.1 innings over two seasons. Plank still holds the Wolf Pack's all-time ERA record at 2.63.

Reliever: Shawn Barton: Nevada's second big-league player, Barton reached the majors in 1992 and posted a 4-2 record with a 4.71 ERA in 73 relief appearances, including one save.

Reliever: Rico Lagattuta: A four-year standout at Nevada, Lagattuta is third in program history in ERA (3.10), fifth in winning percentage (18-5) and first in saves (24). A three-time draft pick, he topped out in High-A.

Reliever: Colby Blueberg: Blueberg was great as a junior in 2014, going 4-2 with a 1.22 ERA (the lowest in a single season in school history). In 187 minor-league games, he is 21-8 with a 2.53 ERA in 187 games. He's currently in Triple-A.

Reliever: Zak Basch: A one-year Wolf Pack wonder, Basch transferred in from Hofstra before going 3-3 with a 2.27 ERA and nine saves in 2003. He was a 13th-round draft pick and is now the Oakland A's Director of Minor League Operations.

Closer: Chad Qualls: The best pitcher in school history, Qualls was 22-7 with a 4.29 ERA and 199 strikeouts in 235.2 innings at Nevada. A second-round pick in 2000, Qualls went 52-48 with 74 saves and a 3.89 ERA in 14 MLB seasons. His 844 games pitched in the big leagues is more than the rest of the Nevada alums combined (224 games).

Offbeat News

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER