Since the SwampDogs’ founding in 2001, they have had eight former players make the ultimate leap to playing in Major League Baseball. David Aardsma of the 2001 SwampDogs was the first alumni to play in the MLB, when on April 6, 2004, he came in to pitch the seventh and eighth innings of the San Francisco Giants’ victory over the Houston Astros. Aardsma registered the win in his debut.
SwampDogs Alumni in the Major Leagues (In Order of Debut)
RHP David Aardsma, 2001, Rice/Penn State (April 6, 2004, for the San Francisco Giants)
INF Mark Reynolds, 2003, Virginia (May 16, 2007, for the Arizona Diamondbacks)
C Michael McKenry, 2005, Middle Tennessee State (September 8, 2010, for the Colorado Rockies)
OF Andy Dirks, 2005, Wichita State (May 16, 2011, for the Detroit Tigers)
RHP Carter Capps, 2010, Mount Olive (August 3, 2012, for the Seattle Mariners)
RHP Kevin Quackenbush, 2008, South Florida (April 25, 2014, for the San Diego Padres)
RHP Layne Somsen, 2012, South Dakota State (May 14, 2016, for the Cincinnati Reds)
LHP Joey Lucchesi, 2015, Chabot College/Southeast Missouri State (March 30, 2018, for the San Diego Padres)
The SwampDogs congratulate you all on the success in your careers. Thank you for being a part of “The Swamp”!