While a handful of former Independent Baseball players usually take part in major league baseball's postseason party it appears more than twice that amount and most likely an even dozen will have that opportunity this autumn. Seven of the 12 actually played their initial professional games in an Indy league.
The American Association earns the top bragging rights with six of its grads lined up to participate while the Frontier League has four. The Atlantic League and the United Shore League have one apiece.
The players in position for such honors although official rosters do not need to be posted until it is time for each team to play. An asterisk (*) indicates which players started in an Indy league.
Atlanta: *RHP Chris Martin (Grand Prairie, American Association)
Los Angeles Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (Long Island, Atlantic League)
Milwaukee: RHP Junior Guerra (Wichita, American Association)
Minnesota: *RHP Randy Dobnak (Utica, United Shore)
New York Yankees: *LHP James Paxton (Grand Prairie)
Oakland: *RHP Tanner Roark (Southern Illinois, Frontier League)
Tampa Bay: *RHP Nick Anderson (Frontier Greys and Rockford, Frontier); * RHP Trevor Richards (Gateway, Frontier); RHP Chaz Roe (Laredo, American Association)
St. Louis: RHP John Brebbia (Laredo and Sioux Falls, American Association); 1B-OF Jose Martinez (Rockford)
Washington: *RHP Max Scherzer (Fort Worth, American Association)
Houston is the only team among the 10 in postseason play without any Independent players on its roster.
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Former chief spokesman for Major League Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth. Six years as publicity director for the Kansas City Royals, and a background in newspaper, radio and television. Started Wirz & Associates, a sports PR and consulting firm, in 1985. Has written extensively on Independent Baseball since 2003.