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Former NIACC baseball players continuing careers in minor leagues

Photo of Brandon Williamson pitching for the Chattanooga Lookouts. Photo credit Chattanooga Lookouts.

MASON CITY – Five former NIACC baseball players are currently playing professional baseball with minor league affiliates of MLB teams.

The following is an update on the five former Trojans:

Brandon Williamson (Chattanooga Lookouts – Double A Cincinnati Reds)

Brandon Williamson, a left-handed pitcher, is 3-1 with a 4.72 earned run average in 34 1/3 innings pitched this season playing for the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Double A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

In Williamson’s last outing last Saturday, the Lookouts topped the Mississippi Braves 7-2 with Williamson gaining the win. Williamson struck out eight and walked one in six innings of work while allowing two runs on five hits.

Williamson, who is from Welcome, Minn., has accumulated 39 strikeouts in his 34/13 innings of work and issued 19 walks.

Williamson, who was a second round pick by the Seattle Mariners in 2019, was traded to the Reds along with outfielder Jake Fraley for the Reds’ outfielder Jesse Winker and third baseman Eugenio Suarez on March 14, 2022. He was also drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 36th round of the 2018 draft out of NIACC.

Williamson played at NIACC in 2017-18 and played one season at TCU in 2019.

At NIACC, Williamson won 12 games, which ranks fourth on the school’s career win list. He accumulated 151 strikeouts, which ranks first on the school’s career strikeout list.

At TCU in 2019, Williamson was an honorable mention all-Big 12 selection. He was 4-5 with a 4.19 ERA in 77 1/3 innings pitched with 89 strikeouts and 36 walks.

Bryce Ball (Tennessee Smokies – Double A Chicago Cubs)

Bryce Ball, a first baseman, is hitting .302 (43-139) with 11 doubles, six home runs and 32 RBIs this season playing for the Tennessee Smokies, the Double A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

Ball has an on-base percentage of .373.

Ball was a 24th round draft pick by the Atlanta Braves in 2019. Ball was traded from the Braves’ organization to the Chicago Cubs’ organization on July 15, 2021 for Joc Pederson.

Ball, who prepped at Newman Catholic, played at NIACC in 2017-18 and played one season at Dallas Baptist University in 2019.

At NIACC, Ball had a career batting average of .362 with 135 hits (7th on school’s career list), 96 RBIs (tied for 11th on school’s career list), 21 home runs (6th on school’s career list) and 33 doubles (4th on the school’s career list).

In Ball’s one season at Dallas Baptist in 2019, Ball hit .325 with 18 home runs, 12 doubles and 54 RBIs.

Up next: The Tennessee Smokies host the Chattanooga Lookouts Friday-Sunday in games 4-5-6 of a six-game series.

Robbie Glendinning (Northwest Arkansas Naturals – Double A Kansas City Royals)

Robbie Glendinning, an infielder, is hitting .245 with five home runs, eight doubles and 21 RBIs this season for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Double A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

Glendinning, who is from Perth, Western Australia, was released by the Altoona Curve, the Double A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, on Feb. 21. The Kansas City Royals signed Glendinning on Feb. 22 and was assigned to the Naturals.

Glendinning was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 21st round of the 2017 draft.

Glendinning played two seasons at NIACC in 2015-16 and helped lead the Trojans to back-to-back NJCAA Division II World Series berths. He played one season at the University of Missouri in 2017.

At NIACC, Glendinning had a career batting average of .390, which ranks fifth on the school’s career list. He’s also the career leader for the Trojans in hits (195), RBIs (141), home runs (33), doubles (42), runs scored (151) and at-bats (500).

At Missouri in 2017, Glendinning hit .274 with 13 doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBIs.

Harrison Beethe (Quad City River Bandits – High A Kansas City Royals)

Harrison Beethe, a right-handed pitcher, is on the development list for the Quad City River Bandits, the High A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

Beethe, who is from Fort Worth, Texas, was a 39th round draft pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019. Beethe opted to attend TCU instead of signing with the Brewers.

Beethe was at NIACC in 2018-19, was 0-1 with 15 strikeouts and eight walks in eight innings pitched in the 2019 season. Injuries limited Beethe during his sophomore season with the Trojans.

At TCU in 2020-21, Beethe struck out 12 and walked 13 in 11 1/3 innings of work.

Beethe was drafed by the Royals in the 18th round of the 2021 draft.

Evan Reifert (FCL Rays – Rookie league affiliate Tampa Bay Rays)

Evan Reifert, a right-handed pitcher, has appeared in five games and logged 3 1/3 innings of work for the FCL Rays, a rookie league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. He has five strikeouts and seven walks while allowing eight runs on four hits.

Reifert, who played at NIACC in 2018-19, was a 30th round draft pick by the Texas Rangers in 2018.

On July 24, 2020, Reifert, who is from Wilton, Iowa, signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.

On Nov. 13, 2021, the Brewers traded Reifert to the Rays for third baseman Mike Brosseau.

NIACC MLB DRAFT PICKS

2005 – Steve Salas (RHP) – 22nd round by the Los Angeles Angels

2016 – Malique Ziegler (OF) – 22nd round by the San Francisco Giants

2017 – Robbie Glendinning (SS) – 21st round by the Pittsburgh Pirates

2018 – Luke Becker (2B) – 9th round by the San Diego Padres

2018 – Evan Reifert (RHP) – 30th round by the Texas Rangers

2018 – Brandon Williamson (LHP) – 36th round by the Milwaukee Brewers

2019 – Brandon Williamson (LHP) – 2nd round by the Seattle Mariners

2019 – Bryce Ball (1B) – 24th round by the Atlanta Braves.

2019 – Harrison Beethe (RHP) – 39th round by the Milwaukee Brewers.

2021 – Harrison Beethe (RHP) – 18th round by the Kansas City Royals

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